We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Riverside Metropolitan Museum

Review Highlights
Closed by the city for vague reasons with vague plans

Riverside had a lovely little museum... it was a little frayed around the edges and a little... read more

Reviewed August 19, 2018
Randolph H
Enjoy the wildlife area

This downtown museum is a real find for me. The wild life areas look so real and a detailed... read more

Reviewed August 16, 2017
Jerry B
San Diego, California
Read all 47 reviews
All photos (19)
Full view
Traveler Overview
  • Excellent31%
  • Very good44%
  • Average25%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
Travelers talk about
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.
Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
3580 Mission Inn Ave, Riverside, CA 92501-3307
+1 951-826-5273
Improve This Listing
Reviews (47)
Filter reviews
43 results
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
More languages
Show reviews that mention
All reviews on display limited hours interesting exhibits mission inn across the street wildlife visitors
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 43 reviews
Reviewed August 19, 2018

Riverside had a lovely little museum... it was a little frayed around the edges and a little eccentric, but had interesting exhibits and terrific, engaged staff and programs for kids. And some of the Cahuilla baskets on display were awesome, well worth a trip as...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Randolph H
Reviewed September 7, 2017

Beautiful architecture building, old post office. However, this museum is now closed for 3 years for a much needed upgrade and cataloguing of all their treasures. There may be occasional saturdays the museum may be open with volunteer docents, I would call ahead and check....More

Date of experience: May 2017
2  Thank pb7711111111111111
Reviewed August 16, 2017

This downtown museum is a real find for me. The wild life areas look so real and a detailed descrition of each species is told. Also see the tatched tee pee in the Indian area. Well worth a visit. No charge and free parking can...More

Date of experience: August 2017
2  Thank Jerry B
Reviewed August 14, 2017

Grand old building and such great potential to become an even better museum but sad to know the museum will be closed soon by the city. It's located across the street from the Mission Inn. Enjoy it's architecture and location and nature exhibits while you...More

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank MandC0218
Reviewed May 24, 2017

Stumbled upon this museum as I walked to the Mission Inn and couldn't believe there's no admission fee. It has a lot of displays about So Cal Indian history, and a lot about plants and animals of the area.

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank Kathi L
Reviewed May 6, 2017

This museum has no admission price but has a suggested $3/person suggested donation. We enjoyed the exhibits and especially the intricate baskets that were displayed.

Date of experience: April 2017
Thank CAnn9
Reviewed February 17, 2017 via mobile

Quaint local museum in an interesting building, originally built in 1912 in the Italian Renaissance style. Many fine architectural features inside and out. Free admission. Downstairs features a display on notable former residents, touches briefly on the very important citrus business (Riverside was once the...More

Date of experience: February 2017
1  Thank marko18745
Reviewed November 27, 2016

Going through this museum I got the impression that this museum is not very sure of its purpose. What's it there for? There seemed to be a certain randomness to its various displays. Some were closely tied to illustrating the history, natural history and culture...More

Date of experience: December 2015
Thank 403danas
Reviewed September 18, 2016

This is a great museum to visit during the first Thursday Art Walk. There is usually music and a wonderful new exhibit to see. There is a wall of history of the museum and some old bathrooms. There are two levels of rooms full of...More

Date of experience: August 2016
Thank Alexandra T
Reviewed August 23, 2016

Not very large but sweet and full of information. Ask questions because they change the display often. Free or maybe $2. Worth a visit. The first time in was all geo rocks and things, next time was animals and the last time was people from...More

Date of experience: July 2016
Thank suzansuz4sure
View more reviews
Nearby HotelsSee all 24 nearby hotels
The Mission Inn Hotel and Spa
1,838 reviews
.10 miles away
Hyatt Place Riverside Downtown
551 reviews
.21 miles away
Marriott Riverside at the Convention Center
524 reviews
.26 miles away
Santa Cruz Inn
42 reviews
.30 miles away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 796 nearby restaurants
Simple Simon's
483 reviews
.14 miles away
Duane's Prime Steaks and Seafood
312 reviews
.10 miles away
Mario's Place
256 reviews
.05 miles away
Mission Inn Restaurant
826 reviews
.10 miles away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 95 nearby attractions
Mission Inn Museum
290 reviews
.09 miles away
Fox Performing Arts Center
139 reviews
.21 miles away
Riverside Art Museum
34 reviews
.11 miles away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from Riverside Metropolitan Museum staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines