California Deserts Visitor Information

Amargosa Opera House and Hotel, Death Valley Junction

A once in a lifetime experience awaits you in a tiny town known as Death Valley Junction, for this is the home of the Amargosa Opera House and Hotel.

For more than 35 years, Marta Becket has lived and shared her art and dreams with those fortunate enough to find this wonderful and magical place. Located a few miles west of the California-Nevada border, near Death Valley National Park, no journey to this part of the world would be complete without a visit to this unique and inspiring destination.

In the spring of 1967, when Marta Becket found herself peering into the the old theater that would become the Amargosa Opera House, it was obviously abandoned…. and had been for some time.

In July of 1968, Marta began what would become years of painstaking work, painting an entire audience on the walls, filled with characters who might have attended an opera back in the 16th century. From the King and Queen, to royalty, nobility, bullfighters, monks and nuns, the walls came to life. Inside the double doors she painted a lady dancing to an accompaniment provided by a musician playing an antique musical instrument. More characters from out of the past spilled onto the walls from her imagination, from ladies of the night to gypsies; from revelers to a group of royal children tended by a governess who is being courted by a gentleman seated in the balcony above.

It took four years to complete the murals. During this time the audiences grew. 105 garden chairs were acquired through the donations of trading stamps from patrons. A nine foot concert grand piano arrived as a gift from Mr. and Mrs. Ellsworth Johnson of Spokane, Washington. More stories were written about the Opera House in the desert.

Amargosa Opera House Performances – Saturdays from late February to early May.

Reservations Are Necessary!

  • Ticket Prices are $15.00 per person for Adults
  • $12.00 each for children 5 to 12 years old
    (Please no children under 5 years old)

(760) 852-4441

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