It’s time to take a field trip to Maturango Museum, located at 100 E Las Flores Ave. The museum is an important educational and cultural resource in Ridgecrest. The exhibit galleries feature the natural and cultural history of the Upper Mojave Desert. The Museum sponsors many programs and tours, such as tours to the world-famous Coso petroglyphs, and the Museum is an information center for Death Valley, the Northern Mojave Desert and the Highway 395 and 178 corridors.
The museum was named Maturango, after a large peak in the nearby Argus Range. The founding members began raising funds and collecting items for the museum and in no time the new Maturango Museum opened in December 1962. The museum remained at its founding spot, the Quonset hut for 24 years, but after major donations of labor and supplies from local businesses the Maturango Museum opened at its current location in October 1986. The Museum was brought to life in 1962 by a tremendous spirit of fundraising and volunteerism, commonly found among Ridgecrest Residents, and it is this same spirit by which the Museum continues to grow.
Did you know that admission to the museum is FREE to everyone the 2nd Saturday of each month! There is also no charge for admission to museum exhibits or the art gallery for members, anyone under the age of 18, or for active duty military. Admission is free to the gift shop and information area for everyone. The cost for non-members is $5 per adult age 18 – 54 and $3 age 55 and older. The Museum is open 10-5 daily, excluding holidays.
Please consider becoming a Maturango Museum member today! By becoming a member of the Maturango Museum, you will be helping to support our local community as well as obtaining member only benefits including free admission, monthly newsletters listing current events, reduced fees on museum activities including field trips and petroglyph tours, and special savings on purchases in the museum store. The Museum Membership also includes the privilege of free admission to other museums with whom the Maturango Museum has a reciprocal agreement. There are several ways you can become a museum member, by visiting the Museum, or by visiting their website and downloading a membership application or use the “Become A Member Now‘ link to purchase a membership online.
The Maturango Museum is certainly worth a visit with the family!