Museum Galleries and Exhibits

The Walker Pass Exhibit Area is located in the hallway between the museum Gift Shop and the Coso Room, directly across from the restrooms. It features  temporary, revolving history and natural history exhibits. This is also where the museum, as a Death Valley Tourist Center and Northern Mojave Visitors Center, houses its vast collection of tourist information.


“Auntie” Lili Shapiro

New in the History Curator’s case in the Walker Pass Exhibit Hallway is an exhibit about Lili Shapiro, well-known to early Maturango Museum members as “Auntie,” who helped her niece Alice Dubin, our second curator, in our Quonset hut museum at China Lake. Lili was also a renowned potter — one of a group of talented Boston women belonging to the “Saturday Evening Girls,” aka Paul Revere Pottery. In the case are a beautiful large plate donated to the museum years ago by Mary Ann Henry, plus several nice pieces loaned to us for this exhibit by Pat Moore. Shown are a portrait of Lili as a young woman, plus the plate from Mary Ann Henry.

Death Valley Tourist Center and Northern Mojave Visitors Center

walker-pass-hallway The Maturango Museum is a Death Valley Tourist Center and Northern Mojave Visitors Center. Stop by the museum on your way to Death Valley or while traveling the 395 corridor for valuable, tourism information.

A sampling of our magazine and pamphlets include: SunRunner, California, Desert Report, California 2016 official state map, Scenic395 the Official Guide, The Fence Post, East Kern, The History of California State Parks, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park, Yosemite National Park, Death valley National park and the Great Outdoor Adventures.

Death Valley Tourist Information

Morning Report: Weather Forecast, Road Conditions & Fire Danger as of 8am daily

Driving from Ridgecrest to Death Valley National Park

Death Valley National Park Visitor’s Guide

Guides to:

Rhyolite Ghost Towns Day Hikes Backcountry Roads Backpacking Backcountry Hikes Park Regulation, Wildrose Charcoal Kilns Day Trip to Scotty’s Castle Dante’s View & Badwater Devil’s Hole The Racetrack Telescope & Wildrose Peaks Mosaic Canyon Eureka Dune

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Death Valley is alive with wildflowers

A rare and beautiful “super bloom” of wildflowers is taking over Death Valley.

Posted by Quartz on Saturday, March 5, 2016

Photo Gallery from Death Valley Field Trips

 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

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Ridgecrest, CA 93555
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(Excluding Major Holiday)

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

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