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“Don't go out of your way.”
2 of 5 bubbles Review of Maturango Museum

Maturango Museum
Ranked #1 of 10 things to do in Ridgecrest
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Durango, Colorado
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99 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Don't go out of your way.”
2 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2011

Everyone should visit the Petroglyph tour. Check it out online

Visited December 2011
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Mojave, California
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98 reviews
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“Flashback to wild west!”
4 of 5 bubbles 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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Fortaleza, CE
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“Fairly small but informative and enjoyable”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2010

Worth an hour or so of browing to learn about the history and flora and fauna of the area. A good place to get information about nearby attractions, such as Red Rock Canyon State Park and historic Randsburg. It has flyers about places throughout the region, including Mt. Whitney. The museum has periodic guided tours to see the petroglyphs on the grounds of the huge China Lake base, which one would not normally be able to see. A good idea to check out the Web site (http://www.maturango.org/) in advance to see what tours or other events are coming up.

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