Riverside Metropolitan Museum Riverside

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Riverside Metropolitan Museum
3580 Mission Inn Ave
Tel: 951 826-5273

Where are we going today?

The Riverside Metropolitan Museum is a wonderful community experience that was created so families just like yours can learn some pretty amazing things!

The exhibits within the museum cover history, natural history, and anthropology, all relating to the local area of Riverside. It's a great account of the region's legacy, and gives kids a better understanding of the history that happened right under their feet!

The Riverside Metropolitan Museum has over 100,000 artifacts in it's collection, and a HUGE 2000 feet of archives!

Special exhibitions and permanent exhibitions are on display all year round, and it's all FREE to enter! 

Not only do they have a host of amazing collections for you to explore and kids to learn from, they also host educational programs, special cultural events, and great school programs too. 

The cultural collections at the museum give kids an insight into the local Native American culture that was prominent in the region, as well as early settlers. The Nature Collection has over 3,500 specimens of Southern California rocks, fossils, and minerals, and over 450 zoology specimens that showcase all the wildlife in the region. 

You will be surprised how diverse the region is!

A member of the Smithsonian Affiliates program, the Riverside Metropolitan Museum shows kids that you don't have to go to the ends of the earth to uncover incredible history - you just have to look at the stories from right underneath your feet!

Happy learning kids! 

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How much does it cost?

  • AdultsFree
  • ChildrenFree

When can we go?

9am - 5pm Tues - Fri / 10am - 5pm Sat / 11am - 5pm Sun

All year round. Closed major holidays

Teachers corner

The museum offers free curriculum based school programs throughout the year, and all programs are led by professionals who can teach to California state learning standards. .

I'm Hungry!

There are plenty of places in the area for you to pick up something to eat before or after your visit .

Any Top Tips?

Keep an eye out for fun events great for families, like the first Sunday of every month offers free programs, and Arts Walks on the 1st Thursday of each month .

Doing our bit

The museum wanted to created a centre for the community and families to learn, where the regions legacy can be understood and learned.

Need a little extra help?

There is elevator access on the SE side of the museum, and there is handicap parking available .

Can I get one of those?

There is indeed a gift shop where you can pick up some gifts and souvenirs to continue your education, and remind you of your visit!.

More information

There is garage parking in lot 1 on Orange Street. It's free for the first 90 minutes. .

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    Had a good time with the family the kids loved it

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    While looking for something to do, I made the decision to visit the museum. It was actually a nice suprise. I meant to go there last year for the Star Trek exhibit but never made it. The exhibit is now no longer. I did however enjoy the Military history section very much. It was a good walk-through. Good natural and cultural exhibits there for the little ones as well. Bravo... RMM... bravo.


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