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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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Desert Museum

Wonderful museum that displays typical scenes, flora and fawna of the desert. The gift shop is a favority place for locals to buy local gifts!

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 15, 2016
KtMcG2014
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Ridgecrest, California
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Ridgecrest, California
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Wonderful museum that displays typical scenes, flora and fawna of the desert. The gift shop is a favority place for locals to buy local gifts!

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

My daughter and I walked through the gardens and solar system exhibit outside. Inside we learned about the area. Yes, there actually was a China Lake here long past.

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016

Quaint museum! Loved it! would recommend stopping in! The staff is very friendly and knowledgeable!!

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Walnut Creek, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2016

Enjoyed a brief visit to this museum. Small, but very informative. Good information for people interested in natural history.

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san francisco
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34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2016

We also didn't actually go into the museum but got some handouts. We stopped for the museum but since you enter directly into a gift shop and it wasn't clear what the museum had in it we didn't stay. The staff was busy selling in the gift shop and we couldn't ask (waited a while but they were chatting and... More 

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Berkeley, CA
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2016

Didn't actually go into the museum but got great advice from the staff and handouts. Passing through on our way to Death Valley to see wildflowers.

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27 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2016

Worth a visit, but probably not somewhere you'll be going back to visit a lot unless you have a vested interest in the culture here. Petroglyphs and wildflower exhibits are their main attractions. Petroglyph tours are available at certain times.

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Alton, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2016 via mobile

They have the inside museum and art showings and then you can go to the garden to see mining equipment along with the different types of plants native to the high & low desert. They also have an area with the planets lined up, kind of to scale. Don't forget to check out the desert tortoise area. We even saw... More 

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Lalinde, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016

We popped in on the off chance and was surprised quite a bit packed into a small local museum, also a small garden walk outside, if you are in the area drop in

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California City, CA
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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 

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