Solar Eclipse, Dangers and Making a Homemade Viewer

If you are inclined to take a selfie during the upcoming solar eclipse, don’t!! Even with your phone there could be eye damage. It takes only 20 seconds of looking at the sun to cause permanent eye damage. Be especially careful with children.

Use NASA approved eye wear, or makes a pin-hole viewer using a cereal or shoe box. Bottom line is being safe.

On Saturday the 19th from 11am to 2pm the museum is hosting an activity session to show how homemade viewers can be used safely.


Museum Galleries and Exhibits

Annual Auction and Dinner Saturday is September 30th

at the Kerr McGee Center

Ridgecrest Rocks! The Maturango Museum held its first Rock Painting event on June 29, 2017. An estimated 50 people attended the free event, with adults as well as children happily painting rocks to participate in “Ridgecrest Rocks.” The rocks are hidden around town, outside businesses and in public areas, to be found, enjoyed, and either kept or re-hidden. You can photograph your painted rocks, or the ones you’ve found, and post the photos on Facebook to track the rocks’ journeys. Staff members oversaw the event, painted some rocks themselves, and enjoyed watching the children having fun.


Art Exhibits

The Museum’s Gallery showcases various artists’ works, as well as the popular Open Studio Tour. An Artist Reception, open to the public, is held opening night and artist interviews are available on our web site.

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…2018 Artist Application & Information…


Children's Hour

The Docent Story Group presents the free Children’s Hour monthly at 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., usually on flex Fridays, through the school year. It is designed as an experience of learning in an atmosphere of fun for pre-school age children and, of course, younger siblings.

Resumes Fall 2017

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Field Trips

Death Valley National Park for Spring Flowers, Trip to view local Wildflowers, Foothill Flowers around Lake Isabella, Flowers in Foothills, Walker Basin, Tehachapi Loop and Southern Owens Valley.

…Field Trip Information…


Petroglyph Tours

Petroglyph Tours to Little Petroglyph Canyon – the largest concentration of petroglyphs in the western hemisphere – are sponsored by the museum and held in the spring and fall of each year. Spring and Fall dates are announced in advance on our web site, newsletter and mass emailing.

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Folias Flute and Guitar Duo

Friday, June 30th @ 7:00 PM

Pizza Factory Fundraiser Photo

Pizza Factory Fundraiser

Thursday, August 24th

Children's Hour Photo

Children's Hour

Resumes Fall 2017

Docent Educational Programs Photo

Docent Educational Programs

Education, Classroom, Tours, Planetarium & More!

Free Dat at the Museum Photo

Free Day at the Museum

Saturday, July 8th

Australia’s Ultimate Outback – the Kimberley


Chasing Spring on the Pacific Crest Trail

 The mission of the Maturango Museum is to preserve, interpret, and develop an appreciation for the natural and cultural history of the Northern Mojave Desert through research and education in the natural and physical sciences, and to promote the arts.

Featured Artist Interviews

> YouTube 

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100 East Las Flores Ave
Ridgecrest, CA 93555
760-375-6900 | FAX 760-375-0479
Open Daily 10 am to 5 pm
(Excluding Major Holiday)

The Maturango Museum is a Death Valley Tourist Center and  Northern Mojave Visitors Center 

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