Maturango Museum

Maturango Museum
Maturango Museum

The front of the Maturango Museum
Established 1975
Location 100 E. Las Flores Ave. Ridgecrest, CA
Type Cultural history, natural history and geology
Director Harris Brokke

Maturango Museum is located in Ridgecrest, California, USA. The Museum is best known for the guided tours of the Coso Rock Art District located on China Lake Naval Weapons Station.[1] The Museum offers exhibits and displays featuring both the natural and the cultural history and diversity of the Northern Mojave Desert with exhibits of animals, plants, rocks and minerals, Native American artifacts, and contemporary arts and crafts.[2]




  • Creosote Scrub Habitat
  • Wildflowers & Desert Animals
  • Foothills and Petroglyphs
  • Pleistocene Lakes Map
  • Native Californians
  • Historical Society of the upper mojave exhibit
  • Naval air weapons station, China Lake
  • Mineral Display Case - local minerals, fossils.
  • Ecology Islands
  • Bristlecones
  • Geology
  • History Exhibit
  • Searles Lake
  • Birds in the Desert
  • Joshua Tree Habitat
  • Paleontology

Annual Events


  • Annual Dinner
  • Wildflower Show
  • Sylvia Winslow Exhibit Gallery Show
  • Ridgecrest Desert Wildflower Festival

Location / Description

Ridgecrest was incorporated as a city in 1963. Formerly known as Crumville, it is located in the Indian Wells Valley in northeastern Kern County, California adjacent to the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake. Ridgecrest is the only incorporated city along US 395 in Kern County. The population was 24,927 at the 2000 census and increased to 27,616 at the 2010 census.

Ridgecrest is surrounded by four mountain ranges; the Sierra Nevada on the west, the Cosos on the north, the Argus Range on the east, and the El Paso Mountains on the south. It is approximately 80 miles from the Lancaster/Palmdale area and approximately 115 miles (185 km) from both Bakersfield and San Bernardino, the three nearest major urban centers.

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