Mission Inn Museum

Mission Inn Museum Preserving, promoting, and sharing the legacy of the National Historic Landmark Mission Inn. Experience our history today. The Mission Inn Foundation preserves, interprets, and promotes the cultural heritage of the Mission Inn, Riverside, and the surrounding southern California communities through its museum services, educational programs, and outreach activities.
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Our newest temporary exhibition, History In Sight, is now on display at the Mission Inn Museum Main Street gallery. Hist...
06/01/2021

Our newest temporary exhibition, History In Sight, is now on display at the Mission Inn Museum Main Street gallery. History In Sight explores a myriad of topics, showcasing some rarely seen Mission Inn artifacts and art as well as one of our newest acquisitions, William Keith’s Sunset Landscape, 1900.

History in Sight was developed and installed by Mission Inn contract staff, interns and volunteers. Our thanks to them: Kristina Gonzalez, Theresa Hanley, Gary Melton, Dottie Smith, Floyd Smith and Steve Spiller. Graphic Design by: Leslie Matamoros

Mission Inn Tours are now available at limited capacity

https://missioninnmuseum.org/visit/take-tour/

Celebrate Mom with a gift from the Mission Inn Museum Store! See us in downtown Riverside, inside the historic Mission I...
05/05/2021
Jewelry

Celebrate Mom with a gift from the Mission Inn Museum Store! See us in downtown Riverside, inside the historic Mission Inn, for our full collection of new and local products. Save 20% online and in store with coupon code MomIsTheBest. Expires Sunday May 9.

The 44th Annual Mission Inn Run returns to downtown Riverside on October 23-24, 2021! Featuring both live and virtual ev...
04/18/2021
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The 44th Annual Mission Inn Run returns to downtown Riverside on October 23-24, 2021! Featuring both live and virtual events, this hybrid race brings back both the thrill of the classic run as well as all new virtual challenges. We will be implementing safety precautions in order to mitigate the threat of COVID-19. Proceeds support the nonprofit Mission Inn Foundation and Museum.

While we're still developing everything for the 2021 Mission Inn Run, you'll find updates at www.missioninnrun.org.

New 2021 Mission Inn Run T-Shirt Artist Series

In celebration of Riverside and its rich cultural and artistic heritage, the Mission Inn Run is proud to announce that we’re partnering with DonONeill.com to design an all new 2021 Mission Inn Run T-Shirt. This limited-edition shirt will feature well-known Riverside artist Don O’Neill’s iconic work, “Mission Inn Towers”, with vibrant hues of red and green bringing this historic structure to life. To learn more the artwork “Mission Inn Towers”, visit https://dononeill.blogspot.com/2019/01/this-is-mission-inn-towers.html.

We invite you to help us choose the final design; whether it be our classic T-shirt or the new fully sublimated variation. Choose your favorite style!

About Don O’Neill and DonONeill.com

Having been a practicing architect has much to do with the way O'Neill perceived his world. His choice of subject matter, principles of structure, light, mass and pattern in all visual arrangements continue to fascinate art lovers throughout the world. Through his career, he discovered that fine art painting is "Fine Art" when done for its own sake, which is to create a beautiful piece of paper or canvas. Watercolor painting started in 1968, when as an architect, he felt the need to enhance his rendering skills. An opportunity to enter into the world of art came about through the tutelage of Milford Zornes, N.A. Witnessing something far more monumental and meaningful than architectural rendering, was the beginning of another way for him to view the world. This discovery of what "fine art" could mean to the human spirit took him on a new path. Throughout his career he was a member of Watercolor West, National Watercolor Society and Signature Member of the prestigious American Watercolor Society. For over 15 years, until his passing in early 2007, he has presented 30 workshops or demonstrations each year throughout California and the Southwest.

DonONeill.com is the official source for authentic Don O’Neill prints, reproductions and original artworks. Save 10% and support the Mission Inn Foundation when purchasing giclee prints directly from DonONeill.com by using promo code “MISSIONINN” at http://www.dononeill.net/affiliate/missioninn.html.

Join us for a conversation amongst all of our speakers from the Riverside and the World series Wednesday, April 7th 6PM....
04/02/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Riverside and the World: History and Memory of Peace and War A Speakers’ Series in the Mission Inn Foundation’s Toward Peace project. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about...

Join us for a conversation amongst all of our speakers from the Riverside and the World series Wednesday, April 7th 6PM. Moderated by Dr. Kenya Davis-Hayes, Professor of History at California Baptist University, we'll explore the intersection of peace, war, suffragism and how communities remember and commemorate these moments.

Wednesday, April 7th 6PM
https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/7316117003354/WN_fCvWjLqPTPmKvCfX2T2dUA

Wednesday, March 3 Keynote Address: Why World War I Still Matters to America Jennifer Keene, Professor of History Dean, Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Chapman University Wednesday, March 10 Dedicated to Peace; Flirting with Feminism: Frank A. Miller of Mission Inn and Wome...

It's no joke, the Mission Inn Museum Store reopens April 1!  The Store will be open daily 9:30AM - 4:30PM, and public to...
03/29/2021
Mission Inn Museum Store

It's no joke, the Mission Inn Museum Store reopens April 1! The Store will be open daily 9:30AM - 4:30PM, and public tours of the historic Mission Inn hotel begin April 13th. The Main Street Gallery will remain temporarily closed.

To celebrate a safe reopening, we're giving away a free Riverside inspired cloth face mask to every customer who spends $20 or more both in-store and online.

https://www.missioninnmuseum.shop

Join author Mona Siegel and interviewer Dr. Kenya Davis-Hayes Wednesday, March 31, 6:00PM, as they discuss Siegel’s newe...
03/25/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Riverside and the World: History and Memory of Peace and War A Speakers’ Series in the Mission Inn Foundation’s Toward Peace project. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about...

Join author Mona Siegel and interviewer Dr. Kenya Davis-Hayes Wednesday, March 31, 6:00PM, as they discuss Siegel’s newest book: Peace on Our Terms: The Global Battle for Women’s Rights After World War I.

Wednesday, March 31, 6:00PM

Peace on Our Terms follows dozens of remarkable women from Europe, the Middle East, North America, and Asia as they crossed oceans and continents; commanded meeting halls in Paris, Zurich, and Washington; and marched in the streets of Cairo and Beijing. Mona L. Siegel’s sweeping global account of international organizing highlights how Egyptian and Chinese nationalists, Western and Japanese labor feminists, white Western suffragists, and African American civil rights advocates worked in tandem to advance women’s rights. Despite significant resistance, these pathbreaking women left their mark on emerging democratic constitutions and new institutions of global governance. Drawing on a wide range of sources, Peace on Our Terms is the first book to demonstrate the centrality of women’s activism to the Paris Peace Conference and the critical diplomatic events of 1919. Siegel tells the timely story of how female activists transformed women’s rights into a global rallying cry, laying a foundation for generations to come.

The fifth presentation of our Speakers Series’
Riverside and the World: History and Memory of Peace and War

Part of the Mission Inn Foundation’s Toward Peace project
Dr. Kenya Davis-Hayes, Professor of History at California Baptist University, conducts this author’s interview with Mona Siegel, author of Peace on Our Terms: The Global Battle for Women’s Rights After the First World War

Click here for a full description of the Speakers’ Series: https://www.missioninnmuseum.org/towardpeace

Part of the Mission Inn Foundation’s series of programs called Toward Peace – exploring the history of Mission Inn founder, Frank Miller, and his Peace activism in the World War I era. Toward Peace looks more deeply at Miller’s peace activism within the context of his times and explores this legacy today as we negotiate our own extraordinary times.

“This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit calhum.org.”

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/7316117003354/WN_fCvWjLqPTPmKvCfX2T2dUA

Join us Wednesday, March 24th at 6PM for:World War I Memorials and the Dissipation of Memory Presented by Dr. Mark Levit...
03/19/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Riverside and the World: History and Memory of Peace and War A Speakers’ Series in the Mission Inn Foundation’s Toward Peace project. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about...

Join us Wednesday, March 24th at 6PM for:
World War I Memorials and the Dissipation of Memory
Presented by Dr. Mark Levitch And Frank A. Miller and the Building of the Soldiers Memorial and Municipal Auditorium, 1928-29 Presented by Dr. H. Vincent Moses

This is the fourth presentation of our Speakers Series’
Riverside and the World: History and Memory of Peace and War; Part of the Mission Inn Foundation’s Toward Peace project

Dr. Mark Levitch, National Gallery of Art is the Principal Investigator of the World War I Memorial Inventory Project. Dr. H. Vincent Moses is an Independent Historian and Scholar, Emeritus Director of the Museum of Riverside and author of Henry L.A. Jekel: Architect of Eastern Skyscrapers and the California Style, 1895-1950.

Click here for a full description of the Speakers’ Series: https://www.missioninnmuseum.org/towardpeace

Part of the Mission Inn Foundation’s series of programs called Toward Peace – exploring the history of Mission Inn founder, Frank Miller, and his Peace activism in the World War I era. Toward Peace looks more deeply at Miller’s peace activism within the context of his times and explores this legacy today as we negotiate our own extraordinary times.

“This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit calhum.org.”

Did you know the Friends of the Mission Inn have been protecting and restoring artifacts at the Mission Inn since 1969? ...
03/13/2021
Friends of the Mission Inn

Did you know the Friends of the Mission Inn have been protecting and restoring artifacts at the Mission Inn since 1969? Some examples of their great work include the Rayas Golden Retablo and Kimball Organ, both essential artifacts of the historic Mission Inn. Even 50 years later, the Friends continue their important work, as well as host fun experiences like their famed silent movie nights.

For a limited time, when you buy a copy of either the Citrus Legacy or Historic Mission Inn coffee table book, receive a free copy of BOTH the Mission Inn Organ Restoration booklet and A Perfect Day Sheet Music. All four of these Friends of the Mission publications are a great addition to your library!

Please add both the Mission Inn Organ Restoration booklet and A Perfect Day Sheet Music plus either Citrus Legacy or Historic Mission Inn coffee table book to your cart to activate deal.

https://www.missioninnmuseum.shop/collections/friends-of-the-mission-inn

Join us next Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 6 pm forInternationalism, Imperialism and Collecting Tragedy at the Mission In...
03/12/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Riverside and the World: History and Memory of Peace and War A Speakers’ Series in the Mission Inn Foundation’s Toward Peace project. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about...

Join us next Wednesday, March 17, 2021 at 6 pm for
Internationalism, Imperialism and Collecting Tragedy at the Mission Inn

The third presentation of our Speakers Series’ Riverside and the World: History and Memory of Peace and War; Part of the Mission Inn Foundation’s Toward Peace project

Toward Peace project committee member and former Mission Inn Foundation Curator, Dr. Emily McEwen discusses museum collections at the Mission Inn. Her presentation is drawn from her Doctoral Dissertation, “Southern California’s Unique Museum-Hotel: Consuming the Past and Preserving Fantasy at Riverside’s Mission Inn, 1903 – 2010” and recent research.

Click here for a full description of the Speakers’ Series: https://www.missioninnmuseum.org/towardpeace

Part of the Mission Inn Foundation’s series of programs called Toward Peace – exploring the history of Mission Inn founder, Frank Miller, and his Peace activism in the World War I era. Toward Peace looks more deeply at Miller’s peace activism within the context of his times and explores this legacy today as we negotiate our own extraordinary times.

“This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit calhum.org.”

Free Registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/7316117003354/WN_fCvWjLqPTPmKvCfX2T2dUA

Join us for Dedicated to Peace; Flirting with Feminism:  Frank A. Miller of Mission Inn and Women Peace Advocates The se...
03/04/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Riverside and the World: History and Memory of Peace and War A Speakers’ Series in the Mission Inn Foundation’s Toward Peace project. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about...

Join us for Dedicated to Peace; Flirting with Feminism: Frank A. Miller of Mission Inn and Women Peace Advocates

The second presentation of our Speakers Series’
Riverside and the World: History and Memory of Peace and War

Part of the Mission Inn Foundation’s Toward Peace project
Toward Peace project director, Theresa Hanley will explore Frank Miller’s networks with women peace activists. Following her presentation, Mona Siegel, author of Peace on Our Terms: The Global Battle for Women’s Rights After the First World War will explore the history of three of these national and international feminist leaders – Aletta Jacobs, Jane Addams and Fannie Fern Andrews. March 10, 2021 at 6 p.m.

Click here for a full description of the Speakers’ Series: https://www.missioninnmuseum.org/towardpeace

Part of the Mission Inn Foundation’s series of programs called Toward Peace – exploring the history of Mission Inn founder, Frank Miller, and his Peace activism in the World War I era. Toward Peace looks more deeply at Miller’s peace activism within the context of his times and explores this legacy today as we negotiate our own extraordinary times.

“This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit calhum.org.”

Free Registration: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/7316117003354/WN_fCvWjLqPTPmKvCfX2T2dUA

Address

3696 Main St
Riverside, CA
92501

Opening Hours

Monday 9:30am - 4:30pm
Tuesday 9:30am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 9:30am - 4:30pm
Thursday 9:30am - 4:30pm
Friday 9:30am - 4:30pm
Saturday 9:30am - 4:30pm
Sunday 9:30am - 4:30pm

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(951) 788-9556

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The Mission Inn Museum is run by the non-profit Mission Inn Foundation, which was incorporated in 1976 to assist in the preservation and restoration of the Mission Inn, and originally, to manage the hotel during ownership by the City of Riverside's Redevelopment Agency. The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa is now privately owned by Duane and Kelly Roberts, and the Foundation has a unique role of operating a non-profit museum within a for-profit hotel. The Mission Inn Museum was opened in 1993, simultaneous with the reopening of the Mission Inn after seven years of extensive renovations. In addition to the museum, the Mission Inn Foundation interprets the history and significance of the Mission Inn along with the story of its patriarch, Frank Miller, and family through daily hotel tours, monthly public programs and special events, the Hands On History educational initiative, and the continued stewardship of the hotel's expansive art, artifact, and archival collections.


Comments

This is an interesting article about President McKinley and the anarchist, self proclaimed "Nobody" (but in fact Leon Czolgosz), who assassinated him. [FYI "The Believer" is a "utopian literary magazine" and not religious.]
Had our wedding reception here in 1975
St Francis Chapel Altar..
Earlier this year we came across a souvenir spoon from the Mission Inn. I'm not sure what year it was made & etc. I bought it for $3 at an antique shop in Bentonville, Arkansas. We here moved from Riverside 3 years ago! Thought I'd share!
These history posts, in my opinion, are some of the most meaningful and engaging work of the MI Foundation to date. Well done and please continue. Your audience extends well beyond the City of Riverside.
Enjoyed a charming, unique and informative tour by your Ambassadors-- what a courteous and sharp group! I thought I knew a lot about the Mission Inn but I learned much and appreciated their courtesy and concern for our safety as we strolled outside the Mission Inn and each young man pointed out unique features and historical artifacts. Highly recommended! And a stroll across the Mall to Mrs Tiggy Winkles brings one to one of the most whimsical and attractively-arranged gift shops of unique items!
Ready, Set, Gooooo!!!!