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Maturango Museum

100 East Last Flores Ave., Ridgecrest, CA 93555
760-375-6900
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Ranked #2 of 4 Attractions in Ridgecrest
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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English first
Top Contributor
62 reviews 62 reviews
3 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

Went here for the first time in years and wow it's huge now! Really neat exhibits of the desert and surrounding area. Nice little gift shop. Fun for an hour or so.

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marylI7794RV, Director of Sales at Maturango Museum, responded to this review

Thank you so much for your positive review. We are glad you were able to visit with us again and see our expansion. We are open everyday, so please come and visit again! More

California Desert, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

More than you would expect in such a small community, local flora and fauna plus excellent gift shop.

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marylI7794RV, Manager at Maturango Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive review. We are glad you enjoyed your visit. Please come and see us again. More

California
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
4 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Our tour which was scheduled for a Saturday was delayed and then cancelled. The museum has no control over this as the naval testing station has the last word as to whether the tour can go or not. It is a very long ride from the San Francisco Bay Area and therer aren't many other attractions here. The museum is... More

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Ramona, California
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

The museum staff was helpful in questions about the tour, recommended a great book on the petroglyphs which I read the night before the tour. Lots of beautiful jewelry and gifts in the museum.

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Ridgecrest, California
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

My wife, children and grandchildren just returned for the museum sponsored petroglyph tour through Little Petroglyph Canyon located on the Naval base. It was the second trip for my wife and me but the first for the kids and the grandkids. We loved it! The kids loved it! The grandkids loved it! The museum sponsors a limited number of small... More

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Joshua Tree
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92 reviews 92 reviews
20 attraction reviews
76 helpful votes 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

The Maturango Museum is a must for visitors to the northern Mojave Desert and folks heading for the eastern Sierras or Death Valley through the Ridgecrest area. The museum provides a great foundation for understanding the region, as well as displays of local art and great programs. It also boasts an incredible bookstore and hosts tours of Little Petroglyph Canyon.... More

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Venice, California
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49 reviews 49 reviews
18 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2014

I somehow expected a bigger museum but it was still interesting. Lots of animal, bird, butterfly exhibits so if you don't like stuffed animals, don't come here. Still, it gave a lot of information. The staff was extremely helpful. This is where you sign up for the petroglyph tours and get info.

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Ridgecrest, California
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60 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2014 via mobile

Wonderful local natural history displays, photos, and taxidermy wildlife that you can see up close. Also an art gallery with rotating displays monthly. Best of all is the huge new gift shop with "something for everyone" and a lot of local artists work- hand made soaps, pottery, etc. fantastic Native American jewelry.

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Alberta, Canada
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556 reviews 556 reviews
263 attraction reviews
284 helpful votes 284 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

A great little museum. Be sure to spend time outside, examining the whimsical sculptures and plants. Once inside, there is lots of tourist information, and the staff is very helpful. Good boutique, good, eclectic exhibits of the local scene. Inexpensive to visit.

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Ridgecrest, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

For the small town of Ridgecrest, this museum is first rate. Lots of books for sale, exhibits changed frequently, field trips to local areas of interest. Well attended.

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