The Maturango Museum


The Maturango Museum in Ridgecrest, California celebrate the natural and cultural history of the Upper Mojave Desert with exhibits of plants, animals, Native American artifacts and contemporary arts and crafts. Emphasis is given to the Panamint Shoshone, indigenous to the area. An excellent gift shop with books and maps is attached. There is no fee for entering the gift shop.

Maturango Museum is best known for the guided tours it sponsors -- in conjunction with nearby China Lake Naval Weapons Station (NAWS) -- one of the largest concentration of rock art in the western hemisphere.

Petroglyph Tours occur on Saturdays and Sundays throughout much of the year requiring advance reservation and a fee. Reservations are accepted in person, by fax or mail. Payment is required at the time of the reservation. Four tour guides, all volunteers, are required on each tour. There is a maximum of 50 visitors per tour. Special arrangements can be made for large-group tours.

A Tour Guide's Virtual Tour

Information on Petroglyph tours scheduled may be obtained at their web page.

Admission Fee

$2.00 Adults; $1.00 children, senior citizens, military.


Open 10 AM to 5 PM daily. Closed Christmas, New Year's and Thanksgiving.


At the corner of China Lake Boulevard (Ridgecrest's main street) and Las Flores Avenue.

100 East Las Flores Avenue
Ridgecrest, California 93555
760-375-6900 | FAX 760-375-0479

-- Bob Katz

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