The Riverside Art Museum (RAM) is reopening on Friday, April 2, 2021, for our members only, and to the general public on Saturday, April 3, 2021. Come be inspired and thoughtfully and creatively engaged by our current exhibitions and take-home Play the Museum activities; we can't wait to welcome the community (masked and physically distanced) at RAM once again, brought together by our shared love of the arts.
Admission will be FREE thanks to the Wingate Foundation through the end of May. Our new hours are Fridays, 10 a.m.–1 p.m., 1:30 p.m.–4 p.m. (members only), and Saturdays & Sundays, 10 a.m.–1 p.m., 1:30 p.m.–4 p.m. (general public). The half-hour closure will allow us to clean between sessions for visitor and staff safety.
We have always been committed to radical hospitality, providing our members and guests with a museum experience grounded in friendly, helpful, and enriching engagement and high-quality art. To protect the health and safety of all our visitors and staff, additional precautions are necessary.
We have been closely monitoring guidelines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and State and County public health agencies.
Please do not visit the museum if:
This list does not include all possible symptoms. Please visit the CDC’s website for more info.
If you answer yes to anything on the list above, please come back to visit at a later date.
The Riverside Art Museum is a private, non-profit institution. All visitors are required to adhere to the following protocols at all times:
Masks must be worn over the nose and mouth at all times by all visitors and staff, with the exception of babies and children under the age of two who should not wear face coverings in accordance with CDC guidelines. Face coverings will be provided to guests who arrive without them. As a reasonable accommodation for people with a disability who cannot wear a face mask, said person is to wear a scarf, loose face covering, or full face shield with a drape on the bottom edge instead of a face mask.
Visitors will be required to pass a verbal symptom screening in order to visit the museum.
Hand sanitizer will be available at the front desk and in other areas of the museum. Please use hand sanitizer upon entry and properly wash hands as necessary.
A physical distance of six feet between yourself and others is required and will be enforced; parties consisting of single households of up to six people may remain together; children must stay with adults at all times.
Visitors showing signs of illness at any time will be asked to return at a later date.
Visitors who do not follow the protocols will be asked to leave in the interest of the safety and well being of all visitors and staff.
As we begin to reopen in accordance with government regulations, you can anticipate the following changes:
Reopening Dates: Friday, April 2, for members only; Saturday, April 3, for the general public
Special Museum Hours for the month of April:
Fridays (members only):
10 am.–1 p.m.
Closed to the public for a half hour to clean.
1:30 p.m.–4 p.m.
Saturdays & Sundays (general public):
10 am.–1 p.m.
Closed to the public for a half hour to clean.
1:30 p.m.–4 p.m.
Visitors who arrive during the morning session will need to exit the building during the half-hour closure to clean the museum. Please plan your arrival accordingly.
Admission is free thanks to the Wingate Foundation through the end of May 2021.
Museum hours for May and beyond will change based on which tier Riverside County is in and capacity/demand.
Visitor occupancy capacity will be reduced to ensure physical distancing throughout the museum and in each gallery space.
In the event capacity is hit, we ask incoming visitors to please queue responsibly outside the museum. As current guests leave, new visitors will be allowed in.
Water fountains will not be unavailable.
Elevators are available for single household parties with strollers, and single household parties with ADA-accessibility needs only. We ask everyone else who are physically able to use the stairs.
Our interactive Play the Museum stations will not be available, but you can pick up take-home packets of art engagement activities you and the family can do at home.
Enhanced Cleaning will take place before the museum opens, during the half-hour closure between each day’s two sessions, and after the museum closes. Particular attention will be paid to high-touch surfaces, such as door handles, elevator buttons, and handrails. Dedicated staff will be assigned to clean high-touch surfaces and high-traffic areas with increased frequency using EPA-recommended disinfectants.
You can see our worksite COVID-19 Plan here in its entirety.
All of our new protocols and procedures are in place to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. However, even if all protocols are followed, there are increased risks of exposure to COVID-19 any time you visit a public place. By visiting the museum, you acknowledge and voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19 and agree not to hold the Riverside Art Museum or any affiliates, directors, trustees, employees, agents, contractors, or volunteers liable for any illness or injury.
We will continue to actively monitor the situation and make necessary adjustments based on public health recommendations, emerging science, and new technologies.
We look forward to welcoming you back to RAM!
Thank you for your continued trust and confidence. If you have any questions, please contact Visitor Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 951.684.7111.
WHY DID YOUR HOURS CHANGE TO TWO SEPARATE SESSIONS?
Due to recommended occupancy caps, we are only able to have a small fraction of guests in our space at any time. Having two sessions with a gap between them also allows for enhanced cleaning.
WILL THE BLUE DOOR MUSEUM STORE BE OPEN?
Yes, our store will be open. Capacity inside the store will be limited.
ARE YOU STILL ACCEPTING CASH?
We do accept cash on-site, although we strongly prefer credit cards. There will be heightened protocols in place to protect visitors and staff during these exchanges.
I’M NOT COMFORTABLE VISITING AT THIS TIME, IS THERE SOMETHING I CAN DO TO HELP?
Yes! We are a non-profit, private art museum and while we successfully pivoted to bring the museum experience and our art education programs to many via digital platforms, we depend on admissions, memberships, art class registrations, facility rental revenue, and donations to operate.
The Riverside Art Museum is proud to be part of Bank of America's Museums on Us program. Show us your Bank of America or Merrill Lynch debit/credit card and photo ID on the first full weekend of each month and get in free!
Museums for All is a cooperative initiative between the Association of Children's Museums and the Institute of Museum and Library Sciences to offer a signature access program that encourages families of all backgrounds to visit museums regularly and build lifelong museum habits. Show us your Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card and photo ID to receive discounted admission ($1 per person) for up to 4 people. RAM's participation in Museums for All is part of our mission to seek, include, and welcome all.
The National Court Appointed Special Advocate Association, together with its state and local member programs, supports and promotes court-appointed volunteer advocacy so every abused or neglected child in the United States can be safe, have a permanent home, and the opportunity to thrive. RAM gives FREE admission to all CASA volunteers and case children. For more information on Riverside County's CASA program, click here.
The Riverside Art Museum is proud to partner with Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland Empire to offer free admission to all "Bigs" showing their badges and their accompanying "Littles". Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland Empire opened its doors in 2013 with the help of the Orange County agency, recognizing the mentoring void in the region. Serving more than 600 children each year in the metro regions of Riverside and San Bernardino counties, Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Inland Empire has quality mentoring models that are changing lives of children in the region. For more information, click here.
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.
Many large-scale downtown events occur along Mission Inn Ave. throughout the year. Please be advised that street closures regularly take place during these events, e.g., Festival of Lights, Lunar Fest, etc., which will affect parking and drop-off/pick-up. We thank you for your understanding.
To find Riverside hotels nearby, visit HotelsCombined.
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.
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.