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Maturango Museum

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Visit the petroglyphs

The museum in conjunction with the China Lake Naval Air Base offers excellent, limited access tours... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Kathryn W
Paso Robles, California
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Nice little Museum for our small community!

The Maturango Museum is attractive and highlights our valley's terrain and artists along with... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Carol Z
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100 E Las Flores Ave, Ridgecrest, CA 93555-3654
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The museum in conjunction with the China Lake Naval Air Base offers excellent, limited access tours on the Coso petroglyphs. Reservations and military clearance are required for this 6-8 hour adventure. Excellent volunteer guides who are knowledgeable guides make sure the experience is interesting and...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Kathryn W
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Maturango Museum is attractive and highlights our valley's terrain and artists along with visiting exhibits. The staff are friendly and the exhibits are attractive. The store is also a nice addition with appealing items to purchase.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Carol Z
Reviewed March 17, 2019

Before entering the museum there is an interesting and artistic display of old mining equipment in a dry landscaped area. The museum itself contains well designed displays on the flora, fauna, history and mining of the region. There is a sign up for future guided...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Nels C
Reviewed March 3, 2019 via mobile

Be sure to stop by and get a map, brochures and advice from very knowledgeable staff at the desk. Since GPS isn't reliable in the park, the paper map highlighted by the staff is an essential first step for a successful visit to Death Valley...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank sbpilot12
Reviewed December 28, 2018 via mobile

The staff was friendly. Information and exhibits were very good. Kid friendly with on hands items. Photography and art from local artists are displayed. I liked the area in front of the museum. It is filled with antique items, artwork, gardens and labyrinth.

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Crazycruiser59
Reviewed November 9, 2018

As part of Ridgecrest’s annual Petroglyph festival, we took the tour out to see the incredible collection of petroglyphs in the Coso Rock Art National Landmark on the Naval Air Weapons Station- largest collection of native petroglyphs in the Western Hemisphere. Depending on where the...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank HBSnowFlower
Reviewed October 19, 2018

Great exhibits on the desert flora and fauna along with next door China Lake Naval Air Weapons Station. There is a nice gift shop, admission fees are reasonable and a friendly, helpful staff. Not a huge museum, but well organized and very informative.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Steve B
Reviewed October 6, 2018

My Grandson loved the exhibits, most of them are at a level low enough for small children to see and be able to read the signs. The staff are great, they were able to answer questions my Grandson/

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Honeybell1
Reviewed August 19, 2018 via mobile

Great program, the new extension has a fabulous gift shop lots of educational things for young children, for one of a kind gifts a great place to go...the exhibits are in the process of being expanded

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank sevenseas1974
Reviewed April 27, 2018

Considering where you are this is a great museum. Not too large. Cheap. But it will get you an idea of the area, animals, history, etc. Gift shop, no food

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Ray S
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