The Riverside Art Museum

Mission Statement

The Riverside Art Museum strives to integrate art into the lives of people in a way that engages, inspires, and builds community by presenting thought-provoking exhibits and providing quality art classes that instill a lifelong love of the arts.

About the Museum 

Located in the historic Mission Inn district of downtown Riverside, our architecturally significant 1929 building is a former YWCA facility designed by Hearst Castle and AIA Gold Medal-winning architect Julia Morgan.

The building’s distinctive architecture as a work of art in its own right brought it to the attention of the Riverside Art Center in the 1960s. Purchased from the YWCA on July 5, 1967, Morgan’s building became the proud home of the Riverside Art Museum.

The building is now home to artists and art lovers as a place to quietly roam and experience the world of art. Discover a wealth of opportunities to learn and be inspired in our galleries where there’s something to pique everyone’s interests and to challenge their perceptions of what art is.

Showing a mix of solo, group, and permanent collection exhibits featuring traditional and contemporary/modern art, the Riverside Art Museum regularly displays the work of some of the best artists in the world, including Robert Williams, Takashi Murakami, Shag, Kathe Kollwitz, James Gurney, Marc Chagall, Millard Sheets, Shepard Fairey, Corita Kent, and Don O’Neill, as well as exhibits highlighting the works of our talented local members and aspiring high school students. 

Join us for art classes for the young and young at heart alike that teach art history and technique, free family activities, lectures, book readings and signing, film screenings, and our The Blue Door Museum Store filled with items you won’t find elsewhere (Family level members and above receive a 10% discount).

Be inspired. Make art. Go home instilled with a lifelong love of the arts.


Normal Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., and Sunday, 12:00 noon - 4:00 p.m.

  • First Thursdays: On the first Thursday of each month, the museum is open from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. as part of Arts Walk, free of charge.
  • First Sundays: On the first Sunday of each month (October - May), the museum is open from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. as part of First Sundays, free of charge, with crafts and family-friendly activities.
  • Museums on Us: On the first full weekend of each month, show us your Bank of America debit or credit card, along with ID, and get in free.

The Museum is closed on: Mondays, New Year's Day, Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday Observed, Presidents' Day Observed, Easter, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. [Actual date of closure depends on day-of-week it falls on. Please call the museum or visit our Facebook page for more info.]

Summer break: The museum is closed Sunday, August 21, through Saturday, August 27, 2016. We will reopen at 12:00 noon on Sunday, August 28.


  • Members, Military and their families (with ID), and Children under 12: Free
  • Students (with ID) and Seniors (65+ with ID): $3
  • General admission: $5
2015-bms-logo-no-tagline-large.jpgThe Riverside Art Museum is proud to be a Blue Star Museum. 

Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense, and more than 2,000 museums across America to offer free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel and their families, including National Guard and Reserve, from Memorial Day, May 25, 2015 through Labor Day, September 7, 2015.

For a list of museums that are participating in the summer of 2015, click here.

Location and Parking

The Riverside Art Museum is located at 3425 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, CA, 92501, on the corner of Mission Inn Ave. and Lime St.

Metered street and lot parking is available along Mission Inn Ave. Parking is free on weekdays after 5:00 p.m. and on weekends and holidays. Click here for a map of parking areas located downtown.