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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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Activities: Group tours/walking tour

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Helps you get acquainted with the Mojave desert area

The Maturango museum is located in Ridgecrest, California just outside of the China Lake Naval Ordnance Test Station. The displays show what type of life and plants are found in... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 12, 2015
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San Rafael, California
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San Rafael, California
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78 reviews 78 reviews
13 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015

The Maturango museum is located in Ridgecrest, California just outside of the China Lake Naval Ordnance Test Station. The displays show what type of life and plants are found in the surrounding desert area. They also can arrange for trips to the Petrogglyphs which are located on the Navy base where prior notice is needed to obtain admittance to the... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015

I can't say enough about the wonders awaiting visitors to the Maturango Museum. Starting outside, there are an array of very old artifacts gathered from the surrounding desert. There are native plants with identification tags. There is a maze that can be walked. Then the visitor goes inside. There are meticulous displays of flora and fauna from the desert, a... More 

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New York City, New York
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45 reviews 45 reviews
9 attraction reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

The exhibits were quite disappointing. I had expected more photos or exhibits about the Petroglyphs. I hate to say it but it isn't worth $5 admission, although the staff (who also look after the visitor center) was lovely and very helpful with suggestions for the area.

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Ridgecrest, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

The Maturango Museum has undergone major expansion this past year and now has so much more space for exhibits and meeting areas. The Wildflower Exhibit is going on this weekend and with a bit of rain our local wildflowers have really delivered a great show!! Please visit their website and view all the new, fun and informative items in the... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

This museum is on the way up !.... It's a must see if you're in Ridgecrest or on your way to the West entrance of Death Valley. Exhibiting a cross section of desert floral and fauna, this expanding museum also does a great job of documenting work at the nearby China Lake navy base and the old West history of... More 

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Caliente, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
8 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Additions still being completed, but the Docent took us on a tour of the new sections, none having to do with more museum space --- but a conference room, kitchen, and docent facilities. The museum itself is very small and is comprised of stuffed animals, petrified wood, rocks, and a lot of photos and signage. There are also "petroglyph replicas".... More 

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Ridgecrest, United States
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34 reviews 34 reviews
9 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

This museum is a great place to really learn a lot about the upper desert and a great place to get information on day hikes and overnight hikes. There is lots of informative books that that will peak any interest from where to look for gemstones, to the different types of plants to geology books. Great place for everyone.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

I've taken my children (now ages 4&5) to this museum several times over the last 4 years. They continue to expand with new fun things (art, new exhibits, etc). We love the petroglyph walk, the children's area and the wonderful gift shop.

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Temecula, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Great museum, what a gem! My kids loved the puzzle area. We'll definitely be back and are looking forward to the petroglyph tour.

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Medford, Oregon
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38 reviews 38 reviews
9 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

I enjoyed the outdoor display more than inside, but that's not to discount the collection indoors. This museum is on a tight budget, and a labor of love for all involved, and it is very worthwhile. I really liked the labyrinth and antique equipment on display outside. Plenty of parking and a very fun gift shop too. A definite must-see... More 

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