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Maturango Museum

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Address: 100 East Last Flores Ave., Ridgecrest, CA 93555
Phone Number: 760-375-6900
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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They have the inside museum and art showings and then you can go to the garden to see mining equipment along with the different types of plants native to the high & low desert... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Alton, Illinois
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English first
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43 reviews
27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Worth a visit, but probably not somewhere you'll be going back to visit a lot unless you have a vested interest in the culture here. Petroglyphs and wildflower exhibits are their main attractions. Petroglyph tours are available at certain times.

Thank Becky B
Alton, Illinois
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120 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

They have the inside museum and art showings and then you can go to the garden to see mining equipment along with the different types of plants native to the high & low desert. They also have an area with the planets lined up, kind of to scale. Don't forget to check out the desert tortoise area. We even saw... More 

Thank FWL5346
Lalinde, France
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92 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

We popped in on the off chance and was surprised quite a bit packed into a small local museum, also a small garden walk outside, if you are in the area drop in

Thank Steve C
California City, CA
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8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

We visited this museum on a weekday afternoon. My teenage son and daughter had a great time. There is a beautifully xeriscaped garden outside. My son like the replica of the sun and planets laid out to scale, with the largest planet being about the size of a basketball. My daughter liked how desert plants were labelled by name. My... More 

Thank 550corinnem
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100 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

Look, these days every town has a museum! Shucks, my wife's little hometown of 300 in Montana has two museums! And like you, I've been through some pretty lame museums in my day. But Maturango rocks. Guess that's because you can find out a lot about the extensive petroglyph art in our neighborhood here. And this ultra-clean, well organized museum... More 

Thank ChinaLake1
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91 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015 via mobile

Good for kids and those who have an hour spare. Very pleasant staff and a gift shop that sells gifts rather than the usual tourist stuff.

Thank rob1london
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283 reviews
76 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 114 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015 via mobile

Just arrived in Ridgefield and needed (tourist) information. This was literally an oasis, with loads of information on Death Valley on all aspects, both written and verbal. There is also a great little shop and museum within. You'll definitely leave more enriched about the desert and the local area.

Thank Crazysurfkid
Southport, Connecticut
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119 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 157 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015

Basically, a gift shop surrounded by a very small museum. There are interesting samples of local minerals, plus stuffed examples of local fauna. Much more interesting than it sounds. Outside, there is a garden, including a scale model of the solar System (kinda) and domes containing astronomical telescopes. Apparently they have evening sessions exploiting the dark sky potential of the... More 

Thank Hans_Sachs
Ridgecrest, California
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128 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

This place is so small it's hard to give it five stars. However, if you haven't been you should go. It's only 5 bucks, so what do you have to lose?

Thank thezone999
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28 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2015

The exhibits need to be updated, but this is what I would expect from a small museum. They have exhibits on Native American history, geology, plants and for kids. The shop is very nice but could use more crafts from local desert Southwest artists (there was some). Good place to get information on the local area and the staff was... More 

Thank taracals85

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