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California Museum of Photography

3824 Main Street, Riverside, CA 92501
909-784-3686; 909-787-4787
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Ranked #11 of 22 Attractions in Riverside
Type: Art Museums
Description: This museum is dedicated to the understanding of photography and related media.
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Victorville, California
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52 reviews 52 reviews
19 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

For a small museum it is not bad, but with my luck I keep showing up on days that parts of it are close. As in any museum there is a need to change the an exhibit or two, so you may want to make sure that you look at the website to make sure that all exhibits are open.... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

An interesting place to visit. I enjoyed the difference styles of photography. There is great talent within these walls. I play to revisit in the future.

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Palm Springs, California
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180 reviews 180 reviews
46 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Stopped in to see the cameras etc and found out that it was under repairs. The whole 1st floor was closed. Got to see the 2nd floor photos which were OK and very informative but missed out on what I went to see so will have to go back. Will update when I do.

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Riverside, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014 via mobile

The CMP is a great place to see exhibitions and to take the kids in downtown Riverside. They always have something new when we go and the kids love the camera obscura, but then who doesn't :)

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Riverside, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
10 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

This is one of my best places to visit in Riverside, they have new galleries every two months. It is nice learning how the photography was invented and has revolutionized nowadays. I love it.

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Huntington Beach, California
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2014

My wife and I are avid photographers and really appreciate the fine art displayed. This museum is awesome!

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Riverside, California, United States
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45 reviews 45 reviews
18 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

My husband and I live in Riverside, but we had never visited the museum. Free admission for folks like us over 55. We decided to check it out because it was Ansel Adams' birthday -- and it did not disappoint. Very nice exhibits of historic cameras, new photographic works, interesting exhibits -- adjoining the Sweeney Art Gallery (also free for... More

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Rancho Cucamonga, California
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34 reviews 34 reviews
11 attraction reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2013

Not what you expect, or where you would expect it to be. Very cool and quiet respite from the boiling Riverside temps, you can visit when you need a "refresher", its nice and quiet, not that stimulating for little kids, but enough interesting things for older kids to enjoy, cheap too, I think it only cost us about $5 to... More

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Lake Elsinore, California, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2012

I'm always impressed with the "innovative" stuff on display...sometimes it's quite "OUT THERE" but hey, what are they supposed to do? Have nothing but Ansel Adams? I always come away with new ideas about WHAT ART IS.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2012

Whenever I'm in town, I try to stop by this museum, and find something interesting there each time. There's a permanent display of early cameras and photography, as well as rotating exhibits, generally of more contemporary photography. It is a fairly small museum; even if you really linger and contemplate the exhibits at a leisurely pace, you can easily make... More

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