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California Museum of Photography

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Nice facility. Has contemporary art exhibits. Old cameras and photos. The collection has both art... read more

Reviewed 15 August 2018
Palm Springs
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... read more

Reviewed 3 August 2016
Riverside, California
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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...more
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3824 Main St, Riverside, CA 92501-3624
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Reviewed 15 August 2018

Nice facility. Has contemporary art exhibits. Old cameras and photos. The collection has both art and documentary photos. Take your time, stroll though and enjoy the many things to see.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank J S
Reviewed 5 March 2018

There wasn't much to see when I visited, but the staff was willing to entertain my questions, and they were very friendly. Looks like a good set of events and thought-provoking exhibits.

Date of experience: March 2018
Reviewed 30 November 2017

This museum typically houses photographs, but I was enticed to come for the special exhibit on Science Fiction in Latin America. I was not disappointed as the exhibition was four floors worth of culture explained through sculpture, photographs, video, paintings, drawings and other media. They...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank AlexQ8686
Reviewed 16 April 2017

If you are into photography, then you will probably enjoy this museum. It is in downtown Riverside close to the Galleria.

Date of experience: August 2016
2  Thank Alexandra T
Reviewed 2 March 2017

This is a rarer art and collection facility in SoCal. I'm glad it exists but doesn't hold my interest. My only concern or complaint is that it frequently seems to be a platform for political statements and agendas much more so than the representation of...More

Date of experience: October 2016
3  Thank Daniel M
Reviewed 3 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.

Date of experience: October 2015
Thank Huskerlaw
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.

Date of experience: June 2016
1  Thank Julie H
Reviewed 30 March 2016 via mobile

Small, though interesting collection. Check the website for specifics. Recommended when you have a window of 60-90 minutes.

Date of experience: March 2016
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Reviewed 10 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...More

Date of experience: February 2016
2  Thank Melodycthomas
Reviewed 26 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.

Date of experience: June 2015
1  Thank Dollo W
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