We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Maturango Museum

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: 100 E Las Flores Ave, Ridgecrest, CA 93555-3654
Phone Number:
+1 760-375-6900
10:00 - 17:00
Closed now
See all hours
Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 94 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 53
  • 28
    Very good
  • 6
  • 2
  • 0
Small but interesting

The space is small and not many displays, but they had a good gift shop and we really enjoyed the statues and gardens surrounding the museum!

Reviewed 6 days ago
Margo F
Park City, Utah
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

94 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 89: English reviews
Park City, Utah
Level Contributor
14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The space is small and not many displays, but they had a good gift shop and we really enjoyed the statues and gardens surrounding the museum!

Thank Margo F
Level Contributor
68 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

It is a small museum but has a lot packed into it. They had prehistoric fossils, petroglyphs, lots of taxidermy animals, geology exhibits and hands on areas for kids. They have a fairly large gift shop. The lady working there was very nice.

Thank fungramma51
Daytona Beach, Florida
Level Contributor
4 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great place to learn all about the area and Death Valley, knowledgeable and friendly, great stuff to buy, free literature , Beautiful pictures and displays

Thank tvfilmproducer
Moorpark, California
2 reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A treasure trove of interesting information about nearby China Lake petroglyphs (petroglyphs are only viewable by guided tours and require advance permission to access China Lake Navy base.

Thank David K
Level Contributor
3 reviews
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

The museum has been renovated and is incredible. Besides expanding the gift shop they now have a gallery that hosts art exhibits. Great place for area info and memorabilia.

Thank Loren K
Cave Junction, OR
Level Contributor
102 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2017

While this is a small museum, the admission price is low and the exhibits are very well done. The staff was exceptionally friendly and helpful and the gift shop has high quality items. Definitely worth a stop!

Thank Jann01
Level Contributor
14 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 11 April 2017

The museum has many fine examples of things found around the Indian Wells Valley. Examples of flowers, animal life, and local Indian history. A Very clean building with clean restrooms and lots of cool gifts for your friends back home

Thank mctraps
Level Contributor
50 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2017

Great exhibits, tons of information, art, crafts, a tremendous bookstore, well informed staff and located near a lot of good places to eat; if traveling in the northern Mojave Desert do stop In for an hour or so. It will be a great experience and will add a lot to your Desert trip. The Museum is especially convenient if headed... More 

Thank korotaj
Ridgecrest, California
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 5 April 2017

they were very helpful and knowing of all the local sites i wanted to visit and the articles housed there were fantastic .

Thank twkuremsky
Forestville, California
Level Contributor
7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 April 2017

Stopped in here to check out information on Death Valley, our destination. A lovely woman who identified herself as a volunteer could not have been kinder to us and even offered our little dog water. The museum is small with the ubiquitous gift shop, clean bathrooms, and a small art exhibit. Children will love the stuffed desert dwellers, although the... More 

Thank ptryph

Travellers who viewed Maturango Museum also viewed

Ridgecrest, California Desert
Ridgecrest, California Desert
Ridgecrest, California Desert
Ridgecrest, California Desert

Been to Maturango Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Maturango Museum staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?