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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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Great place to take kids and teens

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 9, 2015
California City, CA
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California City, CA
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7 reviews
3 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
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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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82 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

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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264 reviews
72 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

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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117 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 156 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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121 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 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
San Rafael, California
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89 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 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 

Thank DonWatty
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8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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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51 reviews
13 attraction reviews
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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.

Thank zswaps

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