Museum of Riverside

Museum of Riverside The Museum of Riverside is a center for learning and a community museum that collects, exhibits, and interprets cultural and natural history. The Museum is responsible for 3 historic sites: Main Museum (CLOSED), Heritage House, and NHL Harada House.
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The Riverside Metropolitan Museum (RMM), a department of the City of Riverside, is the steward of the public trust of artifacts, archives, and historic sites owned by the City of Riverside. The RMM is responsible for three historic sites: National Historic Landmark Harada House, and the National Register listed Museum and the Heritage House, a Victorian House Museum. The Museum houses over 200,000 artifacts in its collections and 2000 linear feet of archives in the disciplines of Natural History, Anthropology, and History. Permanent and special exhibitions are on display throughout the year and are open to the public free of charge. The Museum also offers educational programs, special cultural events, and school programs.

Over this past winter, Hopi and Navajo students from Sherman Indian School were able to visit with Museum Curator Dr. Br...
03/31/2020

Over this past winter, Hopi and Navajo students from Sherman Indian School were able to visit with Museum Curator Dr. Brenda Focht to examine 100-year-old Hopi and Navajo baskets from the collection. In an collaborative setting, students and museum staff learned more about the history of these baskets. These visits will continue with Sherman Indian Museum interns in the coming year!

Harada House is now free of wood-boring beetles and termites after tenting in early March.
03/27/2020

Harada House is now free of wood-boring beetles and termites after tenting in early March.

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03/26/2020

City of Riverside, CA - City Government

Riverside’s Harada House is a National Landmark that embodies the historic struggle for civil rights of Japanese Americans for more than a century. The Harada family’s groundbreaking legal victory served as a beacon of hope in the fight for justice for Japanese Americans.

Recently, Governor Newsom issued a proclamation declaring February 19, 2020, as A Day of Remembrance: Japanese American Evacuation in the State of California.The Governor’s Proclamation acknowledges the injustices suffered during the World War II incarceration of Japanese Americans and is a welcome reminder to honor the sacrifice and resilience that made it possible for thousands of families to reclaim and rebuild their lives after the war.

Read more about the proclamation here: https://www.gov.ca.gov/…/governor-newsom-issues-proclamati…/

Location:
Harada House
3356 Lemon Street
Riverside, CA 92501
www.RiversideCA.gov/museum/haradahouse

On this day in 1774, Juan Bautista De Anza camped along the Santa Ana River near Martha McLean Park on Jurupa Avenue in ...
03/20/2020

On this day in 1774, Juan Bautista De Anza camped along the Santa Ana River near Martha McLean Park on Jurupa Avenue in Riverside. This first expedition was an exploratory one, to find an overland route to Alta California from Sonora, New Spain, now Mexico. Father Francisco Garcés kept a diary of the trip and described in detail the expedition, noting the temporary bridge they built to cross the river. He further commented on the area, “The place offers fair advantages for stock and crops, but there is little timber.” While on the banks of the river, they encountered the area’s indigenous people. Garcés noted evidence of a trade network among the native people, remarking, “Having examined a hut I saw a number of little baskets, very similar to those of Pimería Alta and a good many of the beads or corals which they trade with the tribes of the rivers.”

Amid the stress of these difficult times, take a moment to mark the first day of spring, also known as the vernal equino...
03/19/2020

Amid the stress of these difficult times, take a moment to mark the first day of spring, also known as the vernal equinox, when the path of the sun crosses the equator heading north. For countless millennia, humans have marked this time as a turning point. In the northern hemisphere, it signals renewal and regrowth. Wildflowers are sure sign of the season. The Museum of Riverside's herbarium preserves important examples of such early bloomers as the Desert Globemallow.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!This citrus label from the 1930s showcases a shamrock, a symbol long associated with Ireland.  I...
03/17/2020

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

This citrus label from the 1930s showcases a shamrock, a symbol long associated with Ireland. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, citrus crate labels helped growers promote their brands with eye-catching images. (image from the Museum of Riverside Collection)

Museum of Riverside & COVID-19 Response:Museum events and Heritage House tours are cancelled for this month, including t...
03/17/2020

Museum of Riverside & COVID-19 Response:

Museum events and Heritage House tours are cancelled for this month, including the National Quilting Day event. The City of Riverside has declared a local emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and has closed most city government buildings to the public, including City Hall, libraries, senior centers and community centers. In addition, all events at city facilities, except for essential city meetings, have been cancelled. Police, fire, water and power and trash services will not be affected. Online services will remain available throughout the closure and can be found on the City’s webpage. The Riverside and Alvord unified school districts each have decided to close schools in the coming days. Refer to each district’s webpage for more information. The City of Riverside continues to work with the Riverside County Department of Public Health and other agencies. The lead national agency is the Federal Government who is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The lead local agency for this public health matter is the Riverside County Department of Public Health. For more information about COVID-19 including guidelines, closures, business planning resources, and local updates, please visit the City’s COVID-19 web page: https://www.riversideca.gov/covid-19. This web page is updated frequently.

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03/13/2020

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In honor of International Women's Day, check out Where Women Made History, including Riverside's own Catharine Bettner o...
03/08/2020
Help us discover 1,000 places where American women made history. | National Trust for Historic Preservation

In honor of International Women's Day, check out Where Women Made History, including Riverside's own Catharine Bettner of Heritage House and Sumi Harada of Harada House.

https://savingplaces.org/where-women-made-history?utm_medium=email&utm_source=general&utm_campaign=womens%20history#.XmKJlmhKiUn

Tell us where women made history by sharing a photo and short description of a place the world should know about.

Love to quilt or appliqué? Want to share your work and passion? The Museum of Riverside’s Heritage House (8193 Magnolia ...
03/03/2020

Love to quilt or appliqué? Want to share your work and passion?
The Museum of Riverside’s Heritage House (8193 Magnolia Ave) is hosting a free all-ages event for National Quilting Day on Saturday, March 21, from 12 noon to 3 p.m. We still have (free) spots available for quilters and local quilting groups to display their quilts and hold quilting demonstrations. Interested in joining us? Call Lisa Masengale, Curator of Historic Structures, at (951) 826-5128.

https://www.facebook.com/events/2478082362454727/

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02/19/2020

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02/11/2020

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Have you marked your calendar?  At Heritage House on February 8th, make a Howland-inspired Valentine or a sassy vinegar ...
02/03/2020

Have you marked your calendar? At Heritage House on February 8th, make a Howland-inspired Valentine or a sassy vinegar Valentine, play a rousing game of croquet, and take a docent-led tour to learn more about Victorian Valentine traditions.

https://www.facebook.com/events/491086241446008/

Luz Negrón (right) was sworn in this month to represent Ward 2 by Deputy City Clerk Lorena Verdusco (left).  Consider se...
01/31/2020

Luz Negrón (right) was sworn in this month to represent Ward 2 by Deputy City Clerk Lorena Verdusco (left). Consider serving on the Museum of Riverside board! The Board currently has one vacancy for a representative. Click this link to investigate the opportunity: https://riversideca.granicus.com/boards/w/6b578eaca7316b63

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01/28/2020

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Pests!  They're a big fear in museum collections.  As part of our constant effort to control the threat of insect pests,...
01/24/2020

Pests! They're a big fear in museum collections. As part of our constant effort to control the threat of insect pests, we carefully packed and loaded more than 12,000 taxidermy, botanical, and other natural history specimens onto a freezer truck, where they will remain for four weeks. Beetles, moths, and others that munch on organic material thrive at warm temperatures but cannot withstand long-term below-zero freezing. To get everything to the off-site freezer truck, staff first loaded rolling racks of objects onto a rented truck. Following the freezing process, the specimens will be transported to new archival cabinets at our secure collections facilities.

Happy Squirrel Appreciation Day!  If you stop by the Heritage House this weekend (Friday-Sunday 12pm-3:15pm) chances are...
01/21/2020

Happy Squirrel Appreciation Day! If you stop by the Heritage House this weekend (Friday-Sunday 12pm-3:15pm) chances are good you'll spot a few of our resident tree squirrels scurrying about!

City of Riverside, CA - City Government
01/08/2020

City of Riverside, CA - City Government

Can't go wrong with an 1891 Victorian, orange trees, and sunshine.

Carve out a few hours of your weekend and experience the Heritage House on Magnolia Avenue. From Labor Day until June, this house - restored and maintained in a manner reflective of its nineteenth-century construction - is open for tours.

Days and hours: https://riversideca.gov/museum/heritagehouse/

All of us at the Museum of Riverside wish everyone a fantastic 2020!  We thank you for your past, present, and future su...
12/31/2019

All of us at the Museum of Riverside wish everyone a fantastic 2020! We thank you for your past, present, and future support and invite you to follow us throughout the coming year.

Pretty in Pink for #MalacologyMondayAs the packing of the Natural History collections continues, we're all done sorting ...
12/23/2019

Pretty in Pink for #MalacologyMonday

As the packing of the Natural History collections continues, we're all done sorting and boxing our malacology (shell) collection for the move into new curatorial storage cabinets. Museums are important "libraries" of scientific data, but we never lose sight of the design, complexity, and endless variation in natural beauty of the specimens, such as these scallops and oysters from one of the last drawers in our collection to be packed.

We've decked the halls at Heritage House, right down to the (fake) Christmas cake. Hurry in, as December 29th is your la...
12/19/2019

We've decked the halls at Heritage House, right down to the (fake) Christmas cake. Hurry in, as December 29th is your last chance to see the holiday décor.

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12/14/2019

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12/14/2019

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12/14/2019

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Hey Riverside
12/13/2019

Hey Riverside

This Saturday December 14th 2:00PM
9th Annual Day Of Inclusion
Historic Camp Anza, 5797 Picker St

Join the Multicultural Council of the Riverside Museum Associates for this free family-friendly event celebrating the past and contemporary sheroes and heroes of our diverse multi-layered community!

https://www.facebook.com/events/461673667816431/

Riverside Museum Associates
#heyriverside #riverside #campanza #iloveriverside #multiculturalcouncil #riversidemuseumassociates #dayofinclusion #diversity #familyfriendly

This pine cone is a great example of what the Fibonacci number pattern looks like in nature. Do you see a spiral pattern...
12/01/2019

This pine cone is a great example of what the Fibonacci number pattern looks like in nature. Do you see a spiral pattern formed from the arrangement of this cone’s scales? These scales—like many other things in nature—grow in a Fibonacci sequence!

To learn more about pine cones and the Fibonacci number pattern, join us today in front of the Museum (the Main Museum is still closed for renovation) for our family program, First Sundays from 1:00-4:00 p.m. First Sundays is a seasonal family program (October through May) featuring different activities at several locations downtown. All locations and activities are free and open to the public.

Visit the shop at Heritage House on Sunday, December 1, to be part of this nationwide celebration of the unusual and irr...
11/30/2019

Visit the shop at Heritage House on Sunday, December 1, to be part of this nationwide celebration of the unusual and irresistible treasures found at museum stores.

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11/15/2019

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Have you marked your calendar?
11/14/2019

Have you marked your calendar?

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November 12th is GIS Day!  Stop by Riverside's City Hall, 3900 Main Street, between 10:30 and 3:30 to see mapping techno...
11/04/2019

November 12th is GIS Day! Stop by Riverside's City Hall, 3900 Main Street, between 10:30 and 3:30 to see mapping technology at its most amazing.

My IE Prime recently visited Heritage House!  The team was excited to record the historic house at its best and learn mo...
10/30/2019

My IE Prime recently visited Heritage House! The team was excited to record the historic house at its best and learn more about our annual special event, Behind the Black Veil. Watch for their post about Heritage House soon on the My IE Prime page.

THIS SATURDAY TERMITES WILL ROCK YOUR MIND!The Museum of Riverside presents author Lisa Margonelli whose widely-traveled...
10/25/2019

THIS SATURDAY TERMITES WILL ROCK YOUR MIND!

The Museum of Riverside presents author Lisa Margonelli whose widely-traveled investigations into the hidden world of termites show us how these insects can help us better develop bio-fuels, artificial intelligence, robotics, and even military applications. Lisa is Editor-in-Chief of Zocalo Public Square, and has written for Scientific American, The New York Times, Wired, and The Atlantic. Her recent book Underbug: An Obsessive Tale of Termites and Technology crawls from termite colonies beneath the deserts of Arizona, Australia, and Namibia and into the labs of the scientists who unravel the mysteries of termites and discover their uses to our modern world.

Saturday, October 26, at 6:00, Arlington Public Library, 9556 Magnolia Ave, Riverside, CA. FREE ADMISSION

Citrus History “Boxed” in its ever-changing form!  Debuting at the 2019 Conference of the International Organization of ...
10/18/2019

Citrus History “Boxed” in its ever-changing form! Debuting at the 2019 Conference of the International Organization of Citrus Virologists Conference, the Citrus History “Boxed” Sculpture will travel to various locations around the city—first stop, the Cesar Chavez Community Center! This fun, modular sculpture gives a brief overview of citrus history in Riverside and features historic photographs and images of citrus box labels. Find it on the second floor of the Cesar Chavez Community Center through December.

Sponsored by the College of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, University of California, Riverside; and City of Riverside, Economic Development and Arts and Cultural Affairs Division. Curated by the Museum of Riverside and Division 9 Gallery.

#fossilfridayFew museums have specimens from the renowned Burgess Shale, but we do! The primary focus of the Museum of R...
10/18/2019

#fossilfriday
Few museums have specimens from the renowned Burgess Shale, but we do! The primary focus of the Museum of Riverside is our own area, but over the decades we’ve amassed many artifacts from around the world. While these “legacy collections” may not align precisely with today's formal mission of the museum, some are well worth keeping. For example, this fossil Ogygopsis trilobite is from the Burgess Shale on Mount Stephen in the Canadian Rockies, one of the most important fossil sites ever discovered. Dating to more than 500 million years ago, it is from a time when life rapidly diversified (the “Cambrian Explosion”), and the lineages of living animals on earth today can be traced back to ancestors found at this site. This fossil was one of many collected by professor J.W. Eggleston of Riverside City College in 1927, and donated to the museum in the 1950s. The Burgess Shale is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and collecting is prohibited.

Today is the 50th anniversary of the designation of the 1912 Federal Post Office building as a Riverside City Landmark. ...
10/16/2019

Today is the 50th anniversary of the designation of the 1912 Federal Post Office building as a Riverside City Landmark. The building, designed by James K. Taylor in the Neo-Classical style with Mission Revival elements, has been home to the Museum of Riverside since 1948. Significant for its architecture, the building is also a contributor to the City of Riverside’s Seventh Street Historic District and is listed on the California Register of Historical Resources and the National Register of Historic Places. One of our favorite architectural elements is the main staircase, built with marble treads and intricate copper alloy railings.

Of Termites and TechnologyThe Museum of Riverside presents author Lisa Margonelli whose widely-traveled investigations i...
10/11/2019

Of Termites and Technology

The Museum of Riverside presents author Lisa Margonelli whose widely-traveled investigations into the hidden world of termites show us how these insects can help us better develop bio-fuels, artificial intelligence, robotics, and even military applications. Lisa is Editor-in-Chief of Zocalo Public Square, and has written for Scientific American, The New York Times, Wired, and The Atlantic. Her recent book Underbug: An Obsessive Tale of Termites and Technology crawls from termite colonies beneath the deserts of Arizona, Australia, and Namibia and into the labs of the scientists who unravel the mysteries of termites and discover their uses to our modern world.

Saturday, October 26, at 6:00, Arlington Public Library, 9556 Magnolia Ave, Riverside, CA. FREE ADMISSION

What do the terms table, gimp, braid, and palette all have in common? They’re all types of Victorian hair work. Try your...
10/10/2019

What do the terms table, gimp, braid, and palette all have in common? They’re all types of Victorian hair work. Try your hand at Victorian-style hair work at Heritage House on October 12th and 26th. Guests can make their own (faux) "human" hair jewelry at 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. for $5. Space is limited. Email [email protected] or call (951) 826-5273 to reserve your spot, then pay with cash or card on the day.

https://www.facebook.com/events/2342447082634755/

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10/09/2019

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Is the museum open now after renovation?
Happy Thanksgiving to the museum staff.
I will be at City Hall on October 10th, 5:00 to voice my support.
Who can help me with this? I'm in Quincy Mass and had this visit my yard
Last time I hiked up near Sugarloaf and Pigeon Pass...11/11/1977
Walk & Talk at Fairmount Park coming up this Saturday.
Is there any update on when the museum renovations will be done and the museum open again?
Elegant ladies.
Chocolate!!!
Robyn Peterson let me add my welcome to the #CityofRiverside and it was a pleasure to meet you at #goodmorningriverside
Open to the public, parking is at our jackson street entrance.