Museum of Riverside

Museum of Riverside

Programs and Events 

COVID 19: The City of Riverside ENCOURAGES members of the public to wear a mask indoors at city facilities and outdoors on city property when social distancing is not possible, REGARDLESS of vaccination status.

Upcoming at the Main Museum

3580 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501

First Sundays

First Sundays are back!  All First Sunday events are from 1-4 p.m. and free of charge. Please take note of First Sundays that will occur at different locations.

January 7, 2024 - National House Plant Day - celebrate with succulents
February 4, 2024 -
Joseph the Reptile Hunter brings his friends to visit with you
March 3, 2024 -
Hinamatsuri origami
April 7, 2024 -
National Handmade Day - celebrate with papermaking and other crafts
May 5, 2024 -
Captain Carl and His Mobile Tidepool (at the SSgt. Salvador J. Lara Casa Blanca Library, 2985 Madison Street)


The Museum of Riverside participates in the Downtown Riverside ArtsWalk held the first Thursday of each month 6-9 p.m.  Activity and ending time will vary.

December 7, 2023 - Holiday garlands inspired by the Great Backyard Bird Count
NEW LOCATION IN 2024 - Main Street
January 4, 2024 -
Trivia Day
February 1, 2024 -
Making wax seals (and writing love letters)!
March 7, 2024 -
Celebrate Women's History Month with paper dolls of famous local women
April 4, 2024 -
Quingming (watch our social media for a possible additional location)
May 2, 2024 -
Astronomy Day
June 6, 2024 -
Make a button to celebrate Pride Month

Nights with the Museum

Always Different, Never Boring

Attend fascinating discussions with people from our local community.  No previous expertise necessary!

First Fridays of the month  |  6:30 – 8:00 p.m.  FREE!

Located at the Main Library Community Room, 3900 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside.

Friday, January 5, 2024  |  6:30-8:00 p.m.
H. Vincent Moses, Ph.D., Vincate & Associates History Consultants - RESCHEDULED FROM MAY 2023
“Jekel, Spurgeon, Wilson: Riverside's Architects of the Spanish Colonial Revival, 1914-1940”
By 1930, the Spanish Colonial Revival (SCR) dominated the architecture of Southern California. Moses's presentation will examine the primary works of Riverside's three best known architects of the SCR 1903-1940 and place them within the context of SCR in Southern California.

Friday, February 2, 2024  |  6:30-8:00 p.m.
Erin Wilson-Rankin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Entomology, UCR
“Beyond Nectar: Hummingbirds as Pollinators and Predators in Southern California”
Hummingbirds are well known for their charismatic appearance, aerial acrobatics, and fierce defense of nectar resources.  In this talk, Dr. Wilson-Rankin will delve into the sometimes overlooked ecosystem roles played by hummingbirds in our communities, focusing on their predatory and pollinating services.

Friday, March 1, 2024  |  6:30-8:00 p.m.
Frances Vasquez, Riverside community cultural historian
“Viva La Mujer: Impactful Local Mexicanas/Latinas”
Countless local women of color have made significant contributions to society. Too often--and sadly--their names are lost to history. This truth is prevalent in communities of color and particularly in our Latina/o communities. In recognition of National Women's History Month, Frances Vasquez will honor the wisdom, knowledge, and power of local impactful women--unsung "sheroes" we should know about. Their superpowers are resilience, fortitude, determination, courage, and keen intellect.

Friday, April 5, 2024  |  6:30-8:00 p.m.
Richard Cardullo, Ph.D., Professor of Biology, UCR
“Engaging Riverside: Educating College Students on the History and Cultural Importance of the Inland Empire”

Friday, May 3, 2024  |  6:30-8:00 p.m.
Steve Lech, Riverside Historical Society
“Riverside County Through the Lens of Burton Frasher”
Burton Frasher was the most prolific postcard photographer of the 1920s-1950s. Many of his postcards of Southern California and Indians of the Southwet are sought-after by collectors. Author and historian Steve Lech will discuss the life and work of Frasher and show many postcard views from throughout Riverside County.

Upcoming at Heritage House

8193 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside, CA 92504

Our new pathways are done!  Reserve your free tour of Heritage House.

Regular tours of Heritage House are held Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (12:15-3:15 p.m.)
Please make a reservation to tour Heritage House via Eventbrite link here.


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