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California Museum of Photography

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Address: 3824 Main Street, Riverside, CA 92501
Phone Number: 909-784-3686; 909-787-4787
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12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Tue - Sat 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This museum is dedicated to the understanding of photography and...

This museum is dedicated to the understanding of photography and related media.

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Nice Collections with Frequent Temporary Exhibits

This is a very nice place to visit and to see in a short period of time. There is a nice permanent collection and a wonderful collection of cameras which show the development of... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 8, 2015
Lake Arrowhead, California
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Kihei, Hawaii
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27 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2015

Nice exhibit of old photographic stuff. It is a little small but I still find myself spending plenty time there.

1 Thank Tina10Travels
Lake Arrowhead, California
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151 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

This is a very nice place to visit and to see in a short period of time. There is a nice permanent collection and a wonderful collection of cameras which show the development of cameras from their start to the current digital models, but what I like most are the temporary collections which are changed often and reflect a wide... More 

Thank L6953YVpaull
Jackson, California, United States
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161 reviews
83 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

I haven't been here for years but glad I took the time to take a look. There are three floors and a basement and each has a different exhibit. The main floor has their rotating collection along with historic cameras. The mid level above is a small gallery. To me the show on display was contrived, an "emperors new cloths".... More 

Thank Larry A
Riverside, California
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784 reviews
240 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 236 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

This museum is small. Considering that one of the four floors was empty and another was tiny it was still worth a visit. I enjoyed the Manzanar exhibit. I have been to Manzanar and was aware of the history. The images displayed gave a glimpse of the everyday life and family strife caused by the relocation. I truly enjoyed the... More 

Thank Chuck8700
Malibu, California
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48 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Lots of unique antique cameras as well as interesting rotating photography exhibits. Well worth an hour or two. On the mall in downtown Riverside and close to the Mission Inn.

Thank dpb
Victorville, California
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76 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 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 

2 Thank mou2
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014 via mobile

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.

1 Thank Onepdychoperson
Indio, California
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281 reviews
91 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 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.

2 Thank Jim K
Riverside, California
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6 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

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 :)

1 Thank GoshOhGolly
Riverside, California
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25 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 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.

Thank Rina24_11

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