Museum of Riverside

Museum of Riverside

Programs and Events 

At the Main Museum

3580 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501

First Sundays

We'll be back in October 2024 when First Sundays resume!  First Sundays are free, family-friendly events from 1-4 p.m., occurring at different locations.


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.

NEW LOCATION IN 2024 - Main Street
August 1, 2024 -
The Museum of Riverside's 100th! Learn about our incredible collections and the exhibition "Dear Riverside."
September 5, 2024 - Blue photographs! Explore cyanotypes and vintage photographic art.
October 3, 2024 - Gourd craft
November 7, 2024 - Naturalism and nature journals. Get the scoop on Edmund Jaeger's "Magic Circles."
December 5, 2024 - National Letter-Writing Day and holiday cards inspired by the art of Miné Okubo

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, August 2, 2024  |  6:30-8:00 p.m.
Eric Focht, Ph.C., Department of Botany and Plant Sciences, University of California Riverside                                                                                                                                                                                                            "California's Avocados, From the Past to the Present and into the Future"     

Take part in this overview of the biology and ecology of the plant in its native Central American/Mexican centers of origin, as well as learn about the history of its introduction to California and where the University of California, Riverside program has taken it.      

Friday, September 6, 2024  |  6:30-8:00 p.m.
Kelli Shapiro, Ph.D., author, public historian, and historic preservationist                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  “From Picture Palace to Multiplex: Transformational Theatre Trends in Southern California's Inland Empire and San Gabriel Valley"

In the Inland Empire and San Gabriel Valley, residents and vacationers enjoyed frequent test screenings of Hollywood films. These audiences influenced what moviegoers elsewhere would see nationwide. Entertainment options proliferated in these regions as people flocked to areas famed for their scenic citrus groves an dvineyards, their position along Route 66, and their mountain and desert resorts. This presentation showcases the evolution and transformations of the regions' movie theaters.  Dr. Shapiro's new book "Inland Empire and San Gabriel Valley Movie Theatres" will be available for purchase.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                

At Heritage House

8193 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside, CA 92504

Heritage House is closed for the summer!  Come back in September when regular tours will take place on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday (12:15-3:15 p.m.)
Please make a reservation for your free tour via Eventbrite link here.

Movies on the Lawn: Made in Riverside

Every third Friday during 2024, the Museum's 100th anniversary  |  gates open at sunset, film starts at dusk
Bring your own lawn chair or blanket and dress warmly. Popcorn and other snacks are available for cash purchase only.  Onsite parking is limited.

Every film has a connection to Riverside ... see if you can spot it each month!

July 19, 2024 - "Test Pilot" (1938)

August 16, 2024 - "The Time Machine" (2002)

September 20, 2024 - "Eagle Eye" (2008)

October 18, 2024 - "Two on a Guillotine" (1965)

November 15, 2024 - "Strait-Jacket" (1964)

December 20, 2024 - "Double Dynamite" (1951)


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Main Museum
3580 Mission Inn Avenue
Riverside, CA 92501

Phone: (951) 826-5273

Closed for Innovation
Heritage House
8193 Magnolia Ave.
Riverside, CA 92504

Open Sept (1st weekend after labor day) to June.

Monday - Thursday Closed
Friday - Sunday Open at 12:00 pm -
Last Tour at 3:15 pm
Closed Major Holidays
Harada House
Not Open to the Public
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