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Museum of Riverside

Museum of Riverside

About the Riverside Metropolitan Museum

About The Museum

The Museum of Riverside, a department of the City of Riverside, is the steward of the public trust of artifacts, archives, and historic sites owned by the City of Riverside. The Museum of Riverside is responsible for three historic sites: National Historic Landmark Harada House, and the National Register listed Museum and Victorian House Museum Heritage House.

The Museum houses more than 200,000 artifacts in its collections and 2000 linear feet of archives in the disciplines of Natural History, Anthropology, and History. Permanent and special exhibitions are on display throughout the year and are open to the public free of charge. The Museum also offers educational programs, special cultural events, and school programs.

The Museum is a proud member of the Smithsonian Affiliates program.


As a center for learning, the Museum of Riverside interacts with the community to collect, preserve, explore and interpret the cultural and natural history of Riverside and its region.


Originally called the Cornelius Earle Rumsey Indian Collection, the Museum opened in the basement of old City Hall in 1924, when the widow of NABISCO magnate Cornelius Earle Rumsey donated her late husband’s collection of Native American artifacts to the City of Riverside. In 1948, the Museum was relocated to its current facility, a former U.S. Post Office built in 1912. Nine volunteer Riverside citizens are appointed as Board Members serving in an advisory capacity to the Museum. The Riverside Arts and Cultural Affairs Division and Riverside Metropolitan Museum are a part of the Smithsonian Affiliates Program. More History on the Museum

Stewardship and Historic Preservation

Stewardship is the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care. The Museum provides professional stewardship of the collections and historic sites held in public trust by the City of Riverside. Through application of “best practices,” the Museum ensures the preservation, interpretation, and accessibility of the collections and historic structures.

The Museum preserves its Anthropology, Archival, History, and Natural History collections are preserved for future generations through proper storage and collections information management policies, and procedures. collections management software provides a comprehensive database utilized for all collections related information and activities.

Appropriate historic preservation practices serve as a guide for the care, preservation, and maintenance of the Museum’s three historic structures - the National Register Main Museum, the National Register Heritage House, and the National Historic Landmark Harada House. Historic preservation professionals have identified the preservation needs to ensure the structure’s preservation for future generations.

Museum of Riverside Board

Meets the 4th Wednesday of every month | 3:00 pm   (currently virtual due to COVID 19)
Current Agenda and Board Meeting Information Nine Members serve in an advisory capacity to the Mayor and City Council in matters pertaining to museum scope, growth and development, care, maintenance, daily operations, and activities. The Museum Board meets at 4 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month. Meetings are open to the public. Board Members' time commitment may include 4-8 hours per month. For more information or to leave messages for Board members, call Toni Kinsman at 826-5273. For current agenda and board meeting information, visit:

Museum of Riverside Board General Information

Museum Support

The Riverside Museum Associates (RMA) is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that supports the activities and growth of the Museum through gifts; memorials and bequests; and volunteering through special projects and programs. Join the RMA.

Department Results-Museum of Riverside 2015/16 Strategies and Performance

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