Museum Expansion ~ Finished!

Since the new entrance, store, office, storage areas and restrooms opened at the museum in September 2013 we have been working to complete our expansion program. The expansion was completed in March 2015. Below is a history of the events which lead uo to the completion of the expansion.

Here is what has been done since then September 2013
  • Staff and volunteers reviewed plans to assure that the needs remained the same for finishing the interior of the new wing.
  • The details for the plans were submitted to engineers in February of 2013.
  • Contractors were solicited and bids were received for the work.
  • Permits were issued in October of 2013
  • Construction began with Davis Davis Dry Wall and Steel Studs building interior walls.
  • In-wall electrical work was completed by Carroll Electric.
  • Gentry Heating and Air Conditioning began work on the ducting and installing the heating and cooling units.
  • Cosner Neipp installed conduits in the walls for future data and signal wiring.
  • Plumbing for sinks and the new heater/air-conditioning units was installed by Cardinal Plumbing.
  • Davis Davis Dry Wall tore out the wall between the old store and office and installed new walls for curatorial storage and workroom and finished the drywall work in the new wing.
  • Carroll Electric wired the new curatorial room and started finishing the wiring in the new wing.
  • Movable shelving was installed in the new curatorial storage/work area.
Here is what remains to be done to complete construction
  • Doors in the gallery and other rooms in the new wing.
  • Electrical work on the track lighting and area lighting needs to be completed.
  • Final work to install the heating and air-conditioning units.
  • Paint interior walls.
  • Install cabinets and countertop in the workroom.
  • Install sinks and finished plumbing in the workroom.
Here is what remains to be done to furnish and occupy the new wing
  • Purchase and install an art-hanging system.
  • Purchase and install audiovisual equipment (screens, projectors. Amplifier, speakers, microphone system, etc.)
  • Test the gallery for acoustic characteristics and cover walls and floors as needed.
  • Purchase chairs and tables.
  • Purchase light fixtures for lighting art exhibits.
  • Purchase a portable stage.
Upcoming capital improvement projects
  • Install a solar power field to save reduce electrical costs.
  • Construct a storage building and adjacent yard to display antique equipment.

Exploring Kern County: The Maturango Museum on ABC 23 News

ABC 23 News reported on the ambitious expansion goal of the Maturango Museum in a June 03, 2009 article and video. It is very satisfying to read and article and watch the video now that we close to finishing the expansion. This says a lot about the museum embers, its leaders and the community support.

Would You Please Consider Making A Donation To our Solar Field Project.

Your financial support in helping to complete the building expansion and/or furnish the new Gallery would be deeply appreciated. Thank You!

 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.

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Ridgecrest, CA 93555
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The Maturango Museum is a Death Valley Tourist Center and  Northern Mojave Visitors Center 

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