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“A great history of photography on display”

California Museum of Photography
Ranked #16 of 54 things to do in Riverside
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Stairs / lift, Wheelchair access
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.

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"interesting exhibits"
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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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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.

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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 dozen small pictures on the wall. The main floor displayed a collection of old cameras. There was a photo collection of late 1800s southwestern native cultural pictures that were mounted on flat tables and laid on work horses. The lighting made them difficult to see. Old tin types and dauguerreotypes were very interesting. We really expected more and spectacular pictures. Go here only if you're in the area and have nothing better to do and you get in free.

1  Thank Melodycthomas
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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.

1  Thank Dollo W
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