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Riverside County is home to several museums featuring exhibits in art, photography, natural history and local culture.


Agua Caliente Cultural Museum

Set to open in 2020, this new museum will celebrate the history, culture and modern times of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians.

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California Museum of Photography

The California Museum of Photography at University of California, Riverside (UCR) ARTS is devoted to showing the work of contemporary artists who use photography, collaborating with UCR faculty and students to bring their varied expertise to the public.

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Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert

This museum provides an environment where children’s intellectual curiosity and self-expression can be freely expressed through play.

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Coachella Valley History Museum

Dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of the Coachella Valley, this museum features a historical look at how the date crop shaped the Coachella Valley. The museum also includes a blacksmith's shop, pioneer farming tools, and a schoolhouse built in 1909.

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California Citrus State Historic Park and Exhibit

California Citrus State Historic Park opened in August 1993 as a living historical museum reflecting the local heritage of the citrus industry.

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Edward-Dean Museum

The Edward-Dean Museum is a historic home that is committed to preserving its collection of 16th to 19th century decorative arts while offering social, cultural and educational enrichment.

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Jensen-Alvarado Historic and Museum

Built by retired sea captain Cornelius Jensen and his wife Mercedes Alvarado in the early 1870s, this historic ranch preserves the rhythm of farm life. Visitors can wander through orchards, feed the animals, or explore the historic ranch house.

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La Quinta Museum

The La Quinta Museum showcases La Quinta's history and cultural arts through displays on two floors.

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March Field Air Museum

Explore humanity's reach for the skies, and the pivotal role of Riverside's historic March Field in the development of flight. March Air Force Base was opened in 1918 and today operates as a reserve base.

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Mission Inn Museum

The Mission Inn Museum collection is demonstrates the periods of Mission Inn development from its beginning as an adobe boarding house in 1876 to the present.

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Orange Empire Railway Museum

Explore the West’s largest collection of railway locomotives, passenger and freight cars, streetcars, interurban electric cars, buildings and other artifacts dating from the 1870s.

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Palm Springs Art Museum

Palm Springs Art Museum creates transformative experiences that expand our understanding of ourselves and the world.

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Riverside Metropolitan Museum

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

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Sherman Indian Museum

The Sherman Indian Museum archives indigenous American material and provides a training venue for Sherman Indian High School’s archives and museum programs.

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The Center for Social Justice & Civil Liberties

The Center’s mission is to broaden awareness of social justice and civil liberties by providing insights into the American experience, both past and present. 

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UC Riverside Museum of Photography

This museum houses a diverse collection of photographs, negatives, cameras, and books that reflect the history of photography.

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Western Science Center

Founded in 2006, the Western Science Center is the largest natural history museum in Riverside County. From Ice Age giants to archeological mysteries, there’s something new to discover in every corner of this local Southern California treasure.

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World Museum at La Sierra

The World Museum of Natural History contains systematic displays of amphibians, birds, mammals and reptiles. Also on display is one of the world's largest and finest collections of mineral spheres.

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