The History Collection includes citrus industry tools and equipment, household furnishings, fine and decorative arts, machinery, tools, architectural elements, dolls, textiles and costumes, archaeological collections, works of art, and other pieces that document the history of the City of Riverside and the surrounding area.
Given the importance of citrus to the growth of Riverside in its early years, the Museum maintains a large collection of objects that tell the story of this defining industry. Artifacts include picking and packing equipment and tools, packinghouse machinery, labels, grove implements, and other associated objects.
Fine and decorative arts with Riverside connections include Arts and Crafts and Victorian period artifacts, including the Stickley brothers, Louis C. Tiffany, and others. Among the paintings are portraits of Riverside residents Judge Miguel and Minerva Estudillo by California Impressionist C.W. Tanner, Hovsep Pushman’s portrait of Mission Inn founder Frank Miller, "Riverside’s Chinatown" by Lillian Whaite, and “From Easter Mountain” by Tonio Whaite.
The textiles and costumes collection includes historic quilts and coverlets, including the 1893 Citrus Heritage Quilt and a rare 1818 embroidered blanket by Frank Miller’s ancestor Allis Miller. Three generations of a New Hampshire family who moved to Riverside made twenty of the Museum’s quilts. Costumes in the collection encompass 19th- and 20th-century garments worn by Riverside residents.
3580 Mission Inn Avenue
Riverside, CA 92501
Phone: (951) 826-5273
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8193 Magnolia Ave.
Riverside, CA 92504
Open Sept (1st weekend after labor day) to June.
|Monday - Thursday||Closed|
|Friday - Sunday||Open at 12:00 pm -
Last Tour at 3:15 pm
|Closed Major Holidays|
|Not Open to the Public|