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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
Activities: Group tours/walking tour

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Wildflower Exhibit in Newly Expanded building

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
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Ridgecrest, California
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New York City, New York
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43 reviews 43 reviews
8 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

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
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 NEW

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
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
6 helpful votes 6 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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31 reviews 31 reviews
8 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Cincinnati, Ohio
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

This tiny town is challenged for things to do but I stopped by to see the Museum because I was looking for information on things to do locally. I felt the gift shop was more interesting than the museum. I found information on tours to the petroglyphs, hiking trails, ghost towns and Death Valley National Park

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Nahariya, Israel
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17 reviews 17 reviews
10 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

Got in on our way to Death Vally. nice colection of minerals and nature. loots of animals. Nice garden ex. The staff very frindly and gave us lot of info and maps regarding Death Vally.

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