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California Museum of Photography

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Interesting little side-stop!

Interesting little side-stop museum! Lots of really cool photographic displays along with a lot of... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Chillicothe, Ohio

Nice facility. Has contemporary art exhibits. Old cameras and photos. The collection has both art... read more

Reviewed August 15, 2018
Palm Springs
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The California Museum of Photography at UCR ARTSblock 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 in exhibitionary form, and to...more
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3824 Main St, Riverside, CA 92501-3624
+1 951-827-4787
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Interesting little side-stop museum! Lots of really cool photographic displays along with a lot of history of photography. I learned a few new things during my visit!

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed February 6, 2019

Enjoyed the photography, so much variety. Second floor was not available. Would have preferred some comfy chairs to take a break.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank marymay22
Reviewed August 15, 2018

Nice facility. Has contemporary art exhibits. Old cameras and photos. The collection has both art and documentary photos. Take your time, stroll though and enjoy the many things to see.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank J S
Reviewed March 4, 2018

There wasn't much to see when I visited, but the staff was willing to entertain my questions, and they were very friendly. Looks like a good set of events and thought-provoking exhibits.

Date of experience: March 2018
Reviewed November 29, 2017

This museum typically houses photographs, but I was enticed to come for the special exhibit on Science Fiction in Latin America. I was not disappointed as the exhibition was four floors worth of culture explained through sculpture, photographs, video, paintings, drawings and other media. They...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank AlexQ8686
Reviewed April 16, 2017

If you are into photography, then you will probably enjoy this museum. It is in downtown Riverside close to the Galleria.

Date of experience: August 2016
2  Thank Alexandra T
Reviewed March 2, 2017

This is a rarer art and collection facility in SoCal. I'm glad it exists but doesn't hold my interest. My only concern or complaint is that it frequently seems to be a platform for political statements and agendas much more so than the representation of...More

Date of experience: October 2016
3  Thank Daniel M
Reviewed August 3, 2016

Don't expect this place to shine like it is the Smithsonian. The collection is mid-sized, but done well. The museum is located off of a pedestrian mall so you can find plenty of good eats and antique stores after visiting the museum.

Date of experience: October 2015
Thank Huskerlaw
Reviewed July 25, 2016

Interesting collection of cameras - I think that's a permanent display. The temporary displays were a mixed bag. Admission is cheap enough that you really can't go wrong spending an hour or two wandering around the exhibits.

Date of experience: June 2016
1  Thank Julie H
Reviewed March 30, 2016 via mobile

Small, though interesting collection. Check the website for specifics. Recommended when you have a window of 60-90 minutes.

Date of experience: March 2016
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