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“Small but nice local museum”

Riverside Metropolitan Museum
Ranked #11 of 40 things to do in Riverside
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Long Beach CA
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10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Small but nice local museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2012

no charge, donations accepted. took maybe 1 hour to go through ground floor. interesting local info about area and Rin Tin Tin.

Visited October 2012
Thank supalaba
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Lake Elsinore, California, United States
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28 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Quilt Show”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2012

I always enjoy what is on display...I wish I didn't live so far away. Very professional, high quality presentations.

Thank Melodie E
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Riverside, CA
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48 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Great place to see local art, and an excellent artsy gift shop”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2012

RMM does an excellent job of showcasing local artists in rotating exhibits throughout the year. They also have a more formal gallery that shows their other collections, such as Plein Air artists of last century. Thier gift shop is a wonderful place to find everything from local crate labels to handmade jewelry and scarfs at great prices. They also do an art sale of local artists once a year to support the museum - which is a great time to get your own paintings for home. Stop in, then stop in quarterly to watch the changing art.

Thank cheshrgato
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Fair Oaks, California
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459 reviews
95 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
“Pocket sized museum gem in heart of Riverside”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2011

Went for special exhibit on contemporary Native women artists, stayed two hours. Military artifacts, history of citrus agricultural, live animals and natural history museum. By donation. Also, tiny but fantastic gift shop where we purchased art by one of the exhibitors. Docents very helpful.worth going to Riverside just for it. Just be careful with outside construction/scaffolding. Looks strange but ignore and get inside to enjoy!

2 Thank kcdenman
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61 reviews
51 attraction reviews
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“Metropolitan Museum, Riverside CA”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 6, 2009

This museum is located on Mission Ave in Riverside. It has lots of displays, from specimens of wildlife common to the area, various cultural displays of early Californians, and is a real educational place for all ages. The collection houses everything from African Hausa hats to Northwest Coast totem poles, from local Native American basketry to Japanese textiles, from Artic people and the Southwest. There is no fee, although a $3 donation is suggested. There's a paid parking lot right across the street which is greatly convenient, as finding on-street parking is a problem. A nature lab is on the second floor, which will be of great interest to kids (I enjoyed it too!!!). Museum is a great place to spend an hour or two, or for a rainy day trip.

6 Thank sandytravelbug
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