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Maturango Museum

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Address: 100 E Las Flores Ave, Ridgecrest, CA 93555-3654
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+1 760-375-6900
10:00 - 17:00
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Surprising jewel in Ridgecrest!

Excellent nature science center with indoor and outdoor exhibits! Still in the process of expanding its outdoors!

Reviewed 27 February 2017
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 February 2017

Excellent nature science center with indoor and outdoor exhibits! Still in the process of expanding its outdoors!

Thank LeaDavis
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Reviewed 2 February 2017

A small museum that covers much of the local wild life and and native American culture. It has a good display about the local petroglyphs; this is where you make arrangements to tour the petroglyphs that are located in a canyon on the China Lake Naval Base.

1 Thank Rick H
Lake Isabella, California
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24 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2016

This is a great place to learn about the history of the local Native American tribes that used to be in the area so long ago. The tour at China Lake show more of the petroglyphs. The staff here is so very nice and helpful. I highly recommend a stop here if you are in Ridgecrest.

1 Thank cyndt
St. George, Utah
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103 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2016

This is a great little museum in the desert. It is well worth the time to go for both the Native American & petroglyph displays as well as the early mining history displays.

Thank bestsales123
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Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

It had been several years since last visiting the Maturango Museum, which reflects the local native peoples, natural history, the geography and relatively more recent history of the Naval Weapons Center base. It has expanded, displays and gift shop, and has a fascinating emphasis on the petroglyphs left by early inhabitants. There is also a sweet desert park with sculpture... More 

Thank Nadenia N
Ridgecrest, California
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 October 2016

I have visiting this museum many times over the years living in Ridgecrest. It is always enjoyable and the display have changed over the years which keeps it interesting. I keep going back ever few years to seen new displays.

Thank XRAD1
Lomita, California
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205 reviews
93 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016

The out side grounds and building have old items on display as part of the landscape which looks very nice. You walk into a fine gift shop that is very clean and orderly and very happy people to help answer any questions. They have a huge inventory of free information on local points of interest in the Mahave desert, Owens... More 

Thank 707clayg
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

Although more souvenirs than exhibits, the exhibits are interesting, the souvenirs tasteful, the publications and information abundant, and the employees and docents extremely friendly and helpful.

Thank Donal W
San Diego, California
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

Great little museum/gift shop with a little bit of everything. Charlotte the gift shop volunteer was amazing!!!

Thank Laurieshappy
Los Angeles, California
1 review
Reviewed 9 September 2016

I went to this museum on the way to Death Valley. The Museum is an information center for Death Valley and the Northern Mojave Desert. Good place to stop and get Death Valley information. Also a good place to stop for supplies as there are limited services between Ridgecrest and Death Valley.

Thank JeffWdbr

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