Press "Enter" to skip to content
Kay Lloyd places a bid for an item during a past silent auction at a Maturango Museum Auction, and Dinner held at the Kerr McGee Center. / Laura Austin File Photo

Maturango Museum annual auction and dinner Sept. 30

Maturanog Museum–

The Maturango Museum is hosting their annual auction and dinner on Saturday, September 30 at the Kerr McGee Center. The doors will open at 5:00 p.m.

  Tickets are $60 per person or $100 for 2 people.

They are available in the museum gift shop or online at

The museum has a long history of providing education and enrichment to the community. The museum is recovering from the financial situations many non-profits are facing since Covid-19. Significant increases in the minimum wage, fluctuations in funding as well as increased utility payments and the costs of maintaining the stewardship of the Museum have a continuing impact on our budget. The Maturango Museum is a non-profit organization not funded by any 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 together with enthusiastic volunteers. With your support, we can continue to be an important educational and cultural asset for our community. (You can make it happen.

The Board of Directors, staff and volunteers of the Maturango Museum encourage you to step up, and make a difference.

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

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

Your donation is tax-deductible.

The deadline for donations (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 contact Debbie Benson () or Julie Stephens () 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 all of 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.

The following are all the ways the museum 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 different 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 open every day 10am – 5pm, except Sunday noon – 4pm