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Maturango Museum

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Address: 100 E Las Flores Ave, Ridgecrest, CA 93555-3654
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You'll learn about desert history

The Maturango Museum is a great place to learn about local desert history and lore. Inside the museum you'll find a children's area, revolving local art exhibits, and exhibits... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 19 August 2016
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Ridgecrest, California
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Ridgecrest, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

The Maturango Museum is a great place to learn about local desert history and lore. Inside the museum you'll find a children's area, revolving local art exhibits, and exhibits depicting natural history. There is a small admission fee, if you are not a museum member.

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Ridgecrest, California
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 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 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 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
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 March 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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 January 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 bubbles Reviewed 11 January 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 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 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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