Founded in 1962, the Maturango Museum is an important educational and cultural resource in Ridgecrest, California. In addition to the exhibit galleries, which feature the natural and cultural history of the Upper Mojave Desert, the Museum sponsors many programs and tours, including tours to the world-famous Coso petroglyphs. The Museum is an information center for Death Valley, the Northern Mojave Desert, and the Highway 395 and 178 corridors.
Admission is free to the gift shop and information area. Admission to museum exhibits and art gallery is free to members; for non-members we ask $5 per adult age 18 - 54 and $3 age 55 and older. There is no charge for anyone under age 18 or for active duty military. Admission to the museum will be FREE to everyone the 2nd Saturday of each month! Museum Membership also includes the privilege of visiting other museums, at no additional charge, with which the Maturango Museum has a reciprocal agreement. We are open every day 10-5, excluding major holidays.