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California Museum of Photography

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Address: 3824 Main St, Riverside, CA 92501-3624
Phone Number: +1 951-827-4787
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Tue - Sat 12:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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The California Museum of Photography at UCR ARTSblock is devoted to showing...

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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A great history of photography on display

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 August 2016
Huskerlaw
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Riverside, California
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Riverside, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 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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Alexandria, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 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.

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Hemet
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 March 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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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 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 dozen small pictures on the wall. The main floor displayed a collection of old cameras.... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 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.

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Kennewick, Washington
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 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 animals that is open limited hours and a pleasant little gift shop. Worth stopping in... More 

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Kihei, Hawaii
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2015

Nice exhibit of old photographic stuff. It is a little small but I still find myself spending plenty time there.

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Lake Arrowhead, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 August 2015

This is a very nice place to visit and to see in a short period of time. There is a nice permanent collection and a wonderful collection of cameras which show the development of cameras from their start to the current digital models, but what I like most are the temporary collections which are changed often and reflect a wide... More 

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Jackson, California, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2015

I haven't been here for years but glad I took the time to take a look. There are three floors and a basement and each has a different exhibit. The main floor has their rotating collection along with historic cameras. The mid level above is a small gallery. To me the show on display was contrived, an "emperors new cloths".... More 

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Riverside, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 June 2015

This museum is small. Considering that one of the four floors was empty and another was tiny it was still worth a visit. I enjoyed the Manzanar exhibit. I have been to Manzanar and was aware of the history. The images displayed gave a glimpse of the everyday life and family strife caused by the relocation. I truly enjoyed the... More 

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