Mission Inn Museum
3696 Main Street, Riverside, CA 92501 - United States
The Mission Inn Foundation and Museum preserves, promotes, and interprets the Mission Inn Hotel and Spa, a National Historic Landmark in Riverside, California. Exhibitions and artifacts reflect the history of the Mission Inn and inland Southern California. Themes include diversity, citrus industry, agricultural heritage, civic leadership, and international relations. An active docent corps leads daily interpretive tours of the National Historic Landmark and the Museum also provides information about local history, walking maps, and other regional points of interest.
The Mission Inn Museum will offer 5 interpretive tours of the hotel on Museum Day. Tours last 75 minutes and traverse the ground floor and first floor of the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, which covers 4 acres in the heart of downtown Riverside. Tours depart from the Mission Inn Museum at 10:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 4:00 p.m.
Tours are $20 for adults, children 11 years old and under are free. Members of AAA, AARP, or veterans/military are $17 with proof of membership, and museum members or local residents of Riverside or San Bernardino Counties are $15. Museum Day ticket holders will be eligible for two guests per ticket to join a tour. Limited availability - please call to reserve your Museum Day tour.
Reservations are highly recommended and interested parties should call 951-788-9556 to secure their desired time.
The exhibition gallery features Curio Shop: Unexpected Artifacts of the Mission Inn. Focusing on the weird and wonderful objects from the permanent collection, themes include 19th century Cabinets of Curiosities, collecting fads, and modern trends of collecting and display. The Museum's permanent exhibition, which will be open to visitors, includes select artifacts illustrating the hotel's history including the Anton Clock, historic bells, and Frank Miller's Desk. Museum staff and volunteers are always happy to provide additional information about the hotel, local history, and the permanent exhibition.
Participation in Museum Day is open to any tax-exempt or governmental museum or cultural venue on a voluntary basis. Smithsonian magazine encourages museum visitation, but is not responsible for and does not endorse the content of the participating museums and cultural venues, and does not subsidize museums that participate.