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Maturango Museum Annual Auction and Dinner Sept. 30

Maturango Museum Ridgecrest–  The schedule of events:

  Free Saturday: Sep 9, 11 am – 2 pm. “Birds….”

• “Sidewinder” Video: Wednesday, Sep 13, 6:30 pm.

• Children” Hour: Friday, Sep 15, 10:30 – 11:30.  “Coyotes….”

• Members Appreciation Event and Lecture: Sunday, September 17, 4 – 6 pm

  “Out of the Past” exhibit; ongoing through Oct 31.

• “Artistic Water-Wise Landscape” Exhibit ongoing through Oct 31

• Open Studio Tour 2023: Artists’ Gallery Exhibit August 26 – Oct 3

• OST Opening Reception Saturday, September 23, 4 – 6 pm

• Annual Dinner and Auction, Saturday, Sep 30, Kerr-McGee, doors open at 5 pm

The Maturango Museum will hold its Annual Auction and Dinner 2023 on Saturday, September 30, at the Kerr-McGee Center.

The doors open at 5:00 p.m. Email

Maturango Museum is accepting donations for their Annual Auction and Dinner. / Laura Austin Photo

The museum has a long history of providing education and enrichment to the community. The museum is recovering from many non-profits’ financial situations since COVID-19. Significant increases in the minimum wage, fluctuations in funding, increased utility payments, and the costs of maintaining the stewardship of the Museum continue to impact our budget. The Maturango Museum is a non-profit organization not funded by city, county, state, or federal monies. The museum relies on people like you. This has been true since the inception of the Maturango Museum in 1962. Our history shows what people can do when the community works with enthusiastic volunteers. With your support, we can continue to be an essential educational and cultural asset for our community. You can make it happen!

The Board of Directors, staff, and volunteers of the Maturango Museum, many of whom are your friends and neighbors, are asking you to step up, make a difference…and have fun!

Your generous tax-deductible contributions are a great way to promote your business and help the museum! All proceeds go to operational expenses that allow this extraordinary community institution to continue protecting, supporting, and sharing our regional heritage.

Tickets are $60 per person or $100 for two people.

They are available in the museum gift shop or online at

We are accepting donations of all kinds for the auction. Big or small, every donation helps. Smaller items (like gift cards) can be combined to create a unique auction item. We make some fantastic gift baskets!

Your donation is tax-deductible.

The donation deadline (so we can prepare the auction catalog) is Friday, September 22.

 If you would like to donate something for the auction or you have any questions about becoming a sponsor or attending the 2023 Annual Auction and Dinner, please get in touch with Debbie Benson () or Julie Stephens () at 760-375-6900

Sponsorship Opportunities                                       

Shaman $1,200

Dinner tickets and a reserved table for 8, 2 bottles of wine, 100 raffle tickets, ½ page ad in the event program, mentioned in our event advertising, and a one-year Museum Membership for your non-member table guests.

Mountain Lion $600

Four dinner tickets, reserved seating, 50 raffle tickets, ¼ page ad in the event program, and mentioned in all of our event advertising.

Big Horn $300

Two dinner tickets plus 25 raffle tickets, your business card ad in the program.

Road Runner $100

Business card ad in the event program.

See how the museum has made a difference in the last year.

• Maturango docents presented programs to adults and children throughout the year with special events and the popular Free 2nd Saturday!

• When our guests visit our museum, most patronize other Ridgecrest businesses and services.

• We were pleased to host field trips for members and visitors.

• Eight art shows were presented in our galleries, and we sponsored the Open Studio Tour for local artists.

• We hosted the popular and informational Wildflower Exhibit

• We provide free information to travelers heading to Death Valley and other local and regional attractions.

• The Maturango Museum is an ASTC museum; use your museum membership card for free admission to participating museums. We also partner with other California museums, which recognize our membership and, in turn, promote our museum to their members and guests.

 Maturango Museum is open every day 10 am – 5 pm, except Sunday from noon – 4 pm.