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“Interesting and child friendly” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Maturango Museum

Maturango Museum
100 East Last Flores Ave., Ridgecrest, CA 93555
760-375-6900
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Ranked #2 of 4 Attractions in Ridgecrest
Type: History Museums, Museums
Activities: Group tours/walking tour
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Ridgecrest
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16 reviews 16 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Interesting and child friendly”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2012

Surprising to find such a nice little museum in such a small town. The children kept interested, and that is saying a lot.

Visited April 2012
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Wrightwood, California
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“Don't go out of your way.”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2012

We visit museums and visitor centers wherever we go so we have seen some pretty good ones over the years. The Maturango Museum is not far out of the way if you are traveling highway 395 anyway and have time to kill. It's a location we had heard about and just never seemed to get to, so we made a special trip -2 hours from our home- and boy was it not worth it! It is very small with a very limited collection. They are expanding and hope to open a new hall which will more than double their size in the fall. But much of the information here can be seen better in many other museums across the desert. The Mohave River Valley museum in Barstow, the Eastern California Museum in Independence -another north on 395-, and the Kelso Depot all offer better presentations and more information. The museum is basically one room of about 400 square feet, an gallery space, and a tiny book/gift shop. If you are fast reader and read every plaque in the place 60-90 minutes is more than enough. So if you find yourself stuck in Ridgecrest with nothing else to do, it's something to do. But it certainly is not worth a special trip.

Visited April 2012
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Sebastopol, California
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“Small but informative and nice”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2011

This is a very small museum but informative about the history and flora and fauna of the Mojave desert. Also it is a good place for tourist information. If you are staying in Ridgecrest, they sometimes have concerts. There is an art gallary with many interesting pieces in it. Also the museum includes information about the peteroglyphs and the China Lake missiles.

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Thousand Oaks, CA
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“Petroglyph tour”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2011

Everyone should visit the Petroglyph tour. Check it out online

Visited December 2011
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Mojave, California
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“Flashback to wild west!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2011

Over 6,000 years ago Native Americans roamed the Mojave Desert and the Maturango Museum is similar to a flashback in time of those wild days. There is an excellent children's nature exhibit, geology and anthropology books of the ancient storytelling using petroglyphs.
Museum gift shop has a wide variety of cultural and desert items. It is free admission but they do accept donations.

Visited August 2011
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