Riverside Metropolitan Museum

Riverside Metropolitan Museum

Heritage House

8193 Magnolia Avenue
Riverside, CA 92504
(951) 689-1333
(Friday – Sunday hours) (951) 826-5273 (Riverside Metropolitan Museum)


Heritage House & Gift Shop Hours
Open September from the 1st weekend after Labor Day through June. (Closed July and August.)

Friday - Sunday:  Open at 12:00 pm
Last Tour at 3:15 pm
Closed Monday - Thursday & major holidays. Open for special events.

Free. Suggested Donation $5.

On-site parking is available in the lot behind the House. The lot can be accessed by using the house's driveway located to the their right of the house.  If the lot is full, please use the street parking available on Magnolia Avenue.

ADA Access
Limited handicap parking is available in the House Parking Lot. An onsite employee or volunteer will assist in accessing the wheelchair lift located on the side of the house. The first floor can be accessed using the lift; however, the second floor is only accessible via the staircase.

Room Rentals/Reservations
The Heritage House does not host weddings or non-departmental events.

School and Group Programs
Please make reservations at least three weeks in advance. To make a reservation, please call Museum Tours at (951) 826-5114 or contact her by email: museumtours@riversideca.gov.


About Heritage House

Owned by the Riverside Metropolitan Museum, this 1891 Victorian showplace depicts life in turn-of-the century Riverside. An elegant reminder of the affluent homes which once graced Magnolia Avenue, Heritage House began as a project of the Riverside Museum Associates, a volunteer support group of the Riverside Metropolitan Museum. Restored and maintained in a manner reflective of its nineteenth-century construction, this grand house is now a meticulously researched example of historic tastes, values, and lifestyle. Mr. and Mrs. James Bettner settled in Riverside in the late 1870s, within a decade of the young town's founding.

A Place - A Time . . .

According to an 1895 article in Harper’s Bazar magazine, young couples of moderate means could expect to spend between $5000 and $10,000 in the construction of a house, excluding the cost of a lot. Restoration and development have always reflected the interpretation of such statistics into a local household.

The Bradstreet Index, in 1895, recognized Riverside as enjoying the highest per capita income in the United States. Citizens were indeed prosperous, thanks largely to citrus horticulture, but they were not millionaires. Catharine Bettner's net worth in 1892, for instance, was $18,755 or more than $200,000 adjusted to today's values.

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