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Mission Inn Museum

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Address: 3649 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, CA 92501
Phone Number: 909-784-0300
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9:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Mon - Fri 9:30 am - 4:30 pm

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Interesting Piece of History

It's hard to believe this all started with a 12-room guesthouse. Addition after addition brought this hotel complex to cover a two and one-half acre area. Take the tour. We saw... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 263 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It's hard to believe this all started with a 12-room guesthouse. Addition after addition brought this hotel complex to cover a two and one-half acre area. Take the tour. We saw splendor unparalleled in the older part of the facility. The chapel had an incredible retablos that the founder acquired without realizing what he bought. Different parts of the hotel... More 

Thank Melodycthomas
Tacoma, Washington
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8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We had the pleasure of touring the historic Mission Inn in Riverside this afternoon. After having been there many times during the Christmas Festival of Lights, as well as for dinner, I thought we were fairly knowledgeable about the facility. We only discovered how very little we know about the origins of the Mission Inn and its history to date.... More 

Thank llmarson
Elizabeth City, North Carolina
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Mission Inn anchors Riverside, without it Riverside would be just another blah suburb. It is a fairyland from Thanksgiving till Christmas.

Thank solarrichard
Alta Loma, California
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21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was much more that a simple tour through an old hotel. It was a walk through time, getting "back of house" insights from knowledgeable docents. They brought the past alive for us.

Thank Otto K
Florence, Montana, United States
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35 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We were on vacation and had massages scheduled here. We looked through the museum and decided to take a tour of the inn. Very interesting in the architecture and where the decor came from. Very fascinating. I am so glad we took the time to do the tour.

Thank Amy H
Tampa, Florida, United States
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180 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a tour of the grounds and public rooms of the Mission Inn Hotel. The hotel was started back in 1880 by Frank Miller's whose fortunes grew along with the orange and citrus industry. Frank amassed an eclectic collection of amazing artifacts from Europe, Mexico, and the Far East. The guided tour takes 75 minutes and goes up several... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our relatives in the area suggested we see the museum and take the tour of the mission. We were not disappointed! What an interesting history and stories behind all the artifacts. Our docent (Eric) was a treasure trove of information shared a lot of insight behind the economic highs and lows of the Riverside area.

Thank Stitchin'goddess
Riverside, California
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We were there when they lit up the Mission Inn for Christmas. It was amazing. We will be going back every year. Very Festive.

Thank JohnEReed1972
United States
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44 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The Mission Inn annual Festival of Lights has become a traditional outing for my wife and I and our granddaughters. The lighting and mechanical displays is a real treat for everyone. If your there on opening night you have the added excitement of fireworks. We began the tradition when the girls were quite young and the princess carriage ride was... More 

Thank 406josephm
Bellevue, Washington
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

It's a beautifully decorated historic hotel, but nothing too special inside. It's not worth the long line wait to get inside for just a look. If you still want to come, then don't bother reserving any parking spots. Online order was $10, but once we got to Riverside, the poster said $5 ticket!

Thank TravelingRedPanda

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