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California Museum of Photography

3824 Main St, Riverside, CA 92501-3624
+1 951-827-4787
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Attentive staff, nice architecture, interesting exhibits

There wasn't much to see when I visited, but the staff was willing to entertain my questions, and... read more

Reviewed March 4, 2018
JJKFETP
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Pasadena, California
Fantastic Photography Museum

This museum typically houses photographs, but I was enticed to come for the special exhibit on... read more

Reviewed November 29, 2017
Alex Q
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Carson, California
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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 preserving and making accessible its vast holdings of photography and related apparatus.
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3824 Main St, Riverside, CA 92501-3624
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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

1  Thank Julie H
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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.

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Reviewed February 10, 2016 via mobile

I would have been highly annoyed if I had had to pay to see this "museum." The clerk said they had three stories of exhibits. Not true. The third floor was undergoing construction and was closed. The basement had a small room with maybe a...More

1  Thank Melodycthomas
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Reviewed January 26, 2016

This sis a hidden gem of a museum with lots of photography related treats to find and explore. Not for the really young but the teens will like this too.

1  Thank Dollo W
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Reviewed January 15, 2016

We spent quite awhile looking at some great old photos from Riverside's olden days. Admission by donation. The lower part of the museum also had some fun collections of "stuff", some nice Native artifacts from a local tribe, etc. There is an exhibit with live...More

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