List of museums in the Inland Empire (California)

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The Inland Empire (colloquially known as the I.E.) is a metropolitan area and region of Southern California. The Inland Empire sits directly east of the Los Angeles metropolitan area. The term "Inland Empire" is most commonly used in reference to the U.S. Census Bureau's federally defined Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario metropolitan area, which covers more than 27,000 square miles (70,000 km2). The metropolitan area consists of Riverside County and San Bernardino County and, according to the US Census, is home to over 4 million people and is the 13th most populous metropolitan area in the United States, and the third largest in the state of California.[1]

This is a list of museums, defined for this context as institutions (including nonprofit organizations, government entities, and private businesses) that collect and care for objects of cultural, artistic, scientific, or historical interest and make their collections or related exhibits available for public viewing. Also included are non-profit and university art galleries. Museums that exist only in cyberspace (i.e., virtual museums) are not included.

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Name Image Town/City County Type Summary
11th Armored Cavalry Regiment Museum Fort Irwin San Bernardino Military website, history of the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment, located at the Fort Irwin National Training Center
Agua Caliente Cultural Museum Agua Caliente Cultural Museum.jpg Palm Springs Riverside Native American History and culture of the Agua Caliente and other indigenous peoples
Beauty Bubble Hair and Beauty Museum and Salon Twentynine Palms San Bernardino Commodity Facebook site, information, historic hair and beauty care artifacts
Big Bear Valley Historical Museum Big Bear City San Bernardino Local history website, operated by the Big Bear Valley Historical Society
Cabazon Dinosaurs CabazonDinosaurs-BuildingShapedLikeDinosaur.jpg Cabazon Riverside Religious Dinosaur sculptures and Creationist museum
Cabot's Pueblo Museum Cabots-Pueblo-Museum.jpg Desert Hot Springs Riverside Historic house Hopi-style pueblo house with 35 rooms, 150 windows and 65 doors
Calico Early Man Site CalicoVisitorCenter 8521.jpg Barstow San Bernardino Archaeology Excavations of a Pleistocene stone tool workshop and quarry sites
Calico Ghost Town CalicoGhostTownMarch2010.JPG Calico San Bernardino Open air Ghost silver mining town park with Lane House & Museum of local & mining history, one-room school, blacksmith shop, several original structures
California Citrus State Historic Park California Citrus State Park Visitors Center 20090905.jpg Riverside Riverside Industry Visitor center includes a museum that presents the origins of citrus, how it arrived in the Americas, and the commercial development of the Bahia Naval orange in Riverside.[2]
California Route 66 Museum Victorville San Bernardino History Route 66 and automotive history, cultural and economic impacts
Center for Social Justice & Civil Liberties Riverside Riverside Society website, operated by the Riverside Community College District, works of Miné Okubo, themes of civil rights and social justice in the context of 20th-century Riverside
Chaffey Community Museum of Art Ontario San Bernardino Art website, operated by the Chaffey Community Art Association
Children's Discovery Museum of the Desert Rancho Mirage Riverside Children's website
Chino Youth Museum Chino San Bernardino Children's website
Coachella Valley History Museum Indio Riverside Open air website, local culture and history, operated by the Coachella Valley Historical Society, includes the 1926 adobe Smiley-Tyler House with local history exhibits, the 1909 Indio Schoolhouse and the Date Museum. a blacksmith's shop, pioneer farming implements, specialty gardens
Colton Area Museum Colton Area Museum.jpg Colton San Bernardino Local history website
Cooper Museum Upland San Bernardino Local history website
Corona Heritage Park & Museum Corona Riverside Multiple website, local history, art and culture
Desert Discovery Center Barstow San Bernardino Natural history
Edward-Dean Museum & Gardens Cherry Valley Riverside Decorative arts website, features late 16th to early 19th century European & Asian decorative arts
Entomology Research Museum Museum outside1.jpg Riverside Riverside Natural history Insect collection of the Department of Entomology of the University of California, Riverside, not open to the public
Estudillo Mansion San Jacinto Riverside Historic house website, 19th-century home of city's first postmaster and second mayor, operated by the City
Fender Museum of Music and the Arts Fender Museum of Music and the Arts, Corona, California.jpg Corona Riverside Music website, part of the Fender Center for the Performing Arts, operated by the Fender Musical Instruments Corporation
Fingerprints Youth Museum Hemet Riverside Children's website, formerly KidZone Youth Museum
Fontana Historical Society Museum Fontana San Bernardino Local history Facebook site
General Patton Memorial Museum PattonMuseum.JPG Chiriaco Summit Riverside Military Honors veterans, includes military equipment, uniforms, weapons, medals, artifacts, tanks, memorabilia from Patton's life and career
Gilman Historic Ranch and Wagon Museum Banning Riverside Local history website, operated by Riverside County Parks, late 19th-century homestead ranch house, museum with a collection of authentic wagons and saddles
Goldstone Deep Space Communications Complex Barstow San Bernardino Science Tours and museum about the radio telescope and astronomy
Hemet Museum Hemet Riverside Local history website
Heritage House Riverside Riverside Historic house website, 1891 Victorian house museum, operated by the Riverside Metropolitan Museum
Harada House Harada House 20091024c.jpg Riverside Riverside Historic house A National Historic Landmark recognizing one of the most significant civil rights cases in California, operated by the Riverside Metropolitan Museum. As of February 2013, not yet open to the public.
Hi-Desert Nature Museum Yucca Valley San Bernardino Multiple website, artistic, natural and cultural history of the area's deserts
Historical Glass Museum Redlands San Bernardino Glass website, operated by the Historical Glass Museum Foundation, examples of American glass
Idyllwild Area Historical Society Museum Idyllwild Riverside Local history website, history of the San Jacinto Mountain communities of Idyllwild, Garner Valley, Mountain Center, Pine Cove, and Pinewood
Inland Empire Military Museum San Bernardino San Bernardino Military website, WWII, Korea and Vietnam military memorabilia
Jensen Alvarado Ranch Rubidoux Riverside Living 1880s period living history ranch
Joshua Tree National Park Natural history Three visitor centers and the Black Rock Nature Center contain exhibits about the natural and cultural history of the area
Jurupa Mountains Cultural Center Riverside Riverside Earth sciences website, a family-oriented non-profit earth science educational facility, located outside of Riverside city limits.
Kelso Depot Kelso San Bernardino Local history Railroads, local history, visitor center for the Mohave Natural Preserve
Keys Desert Queen Ranch Desert Queen Ranch - house.jpg San Bernardino Historic house Historic ranch buildings located in Joshua Tree National Park
Kimberly Crest Kimberly Crest House and Gardens.jpg Redlands San Bernardino Historic house French château-style Victorian mansion
La Quinta Museum La Quinta Riverside Local history website, opened in 2008, features local and traveling exhibits of art, history and culture
Lincoln Memorial Shrine Redlands San Bernardino Biographical website shrine and museum about President Abraham Lincoln
McCallum Adobe-Cornelia White House Museum Cornelia White House.jpg Palm Springs Riverside Historic house Operated by the Palm Springs Historical Society, two adjoining late 19th century houses
Malki Museum Banning Riverside Native American website, traditions and history of the Cahuilla Indians and other southern California Indian tribes
March Field Air Museum Riverside - SR-71A Blackbird at the March Field Air Museum.jpg Riverside Riverside Aviation Adjacent to March Joint Air Reserve Base, historic military and civilian aircraft
Mission Inn Museum Riverside Riverside Historic site Cultural heritage of the Mission Inn
Mohave River Valley Museum Barstow San Bernardino Local history website, history, culture and natural history of the Mojave River Valley
Mousley Museum of Natural History Yucaipa San Bernardino Multiple Operated by the Yucaipa Valley Historical Society, natural history and local history exhibits
Museum of History & Art, Ontario Ontario San Bernardino Multiple website, history, art, and cultural traditions of the greater Ontario area
Needles Regional Museum Needles San Bernardino Local history information
Oak Glen School House Museum Yucaipa San Bernardino Local history website, historic schoolhouse
Old Guest House Museum Trona San Bernardino Open air website, operated by the Searles Valley Historical Society, includes exhibits on local mining activities, Native Americans
Old Schoolhouse Museum Twentynine Palms San Bernardino Local history website, operated by the Twentynine Palms Historical Society, displays on Indians, miners, cowboys and homesteaders
Orange Empire Railway Museum Oerm entrance.jpg Perris Riverside Railroad Heritage railroad and museum about Southern California's railroad history
Palm Springs Air Museum Bobs Bear.jpg Palm Springs Riverside Aviation Specializes in World War II aircraft and aviation history
Palm Springs Art Museum Palm Springs Art Museum.jpg Palm Springs Riverside Art Modern and Contemporary American art, natural history
Palo Verde Historical Museum Blythe Riverside Local History History of Blythe, the Palo Verde Valley, and surrounding areas
Pennypickle's Workshop Temecula Riverside Children's website, also known as Temecula Children's Museum
Perris Valley Historical Museum Perris Riverside Local history Located in 3 facilities
Planes of Fame Chino San Bernardino Aviation
Poynter Golf Museum, Jude E.Jude E. Poynter Golf Museum Palm Desert Riverside Sports information
Rains House, JohnJohn Rains House Cucamonga San Bernardino Historic house website, also known as Cucamonga Rancho, branch museum of the San Bernardino County Museum, assisted by the Casa de Rancho Cucamonga Historical Society
Redlands Historical Museum Redlands San Bernardino Local history website, planned museum operated by the Redlands Historical Museum Association
Rialto Historical Society Museum Rialto San Bernardino Local history website, displays include a turn of the century home, a citrus exhibit and packing house office, military display, an early 20th century doctor's office
Riverside Art Museum RiversideArtMuseum20090821g.JPG Riverside Riverside Art Over 20 exhibitions a year of traditional and contemporary art
Riverside International Automotive Museum RiversideInternationalAutomotiveMuseum 20090904a.jpg Riverside Riverside Automotive Displays include California auto racing history, Dan Gurney, and the largest collection of Mazerati road cars in the United States.[3]
Riverside Metropolitan Museum RiversideMetropolitanMuseum20090821a.jpg Riverside Riverside Multiple Natural history and Native American culture
Riverside Sport Hall of Fame RiversideSportHallOfFame20090821a.jpg Riverside Riverside Sports website, an outdoor display in Newman Park recognizing sporting achievements of Riverside citizens
Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art (RAFFMA) San Bernardino San Bernardino Art Part of California State University, San Bernardino, collections include Ancient Egyptian artifacts, world ceramics and contemporary art
Route 66 "Mother Road" Museum Barstow San Bernardino Transportation website, automobile and Route 66 memorabilia
Ruddy's General Store Museum Palm Springs Riverside History website, 1930s period general store with original fixtures and contents
Salton Sea History Museum Mecca Riverside Local history
Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation for Arts and Crafts Alta Loma San Bernardino Multiple website, includes crafts gallery and historic home and gardens of Sam Maloof
San Bernardino County Museum Redlands San Bernardino Multiple website, cultural and natural history, operates many branch museums
San Bernardino de Sena Estancia San Bernardino Asistencia.jpg Redlands San Bernardino Historic house Restored ranch outpost of Mission San Gabriel Arcángel, including a chapel, branch museum of the San Bernardino County Museum; also known as San Bernardino de Sena Estancia
San Jacinto Museum San Jacinto Riverside Local history website
Sears Valley History House Trona San Bernardino Historic house website, operated by the Searles Valley Historical Society, furnished to appear as in the 1920s when it was occupied by one of the early managers of the Trona Plant
Sherman Indian Museum Riverside Riverside Native American History of the boarding high school for Native American students, culture
Shryock Museum of Embryology Loma Linda San Bernardino Medical website, part of Loma Linda University School of Medicine, collection of anatomy models and fetuses
Southern California Medical Museum Riverside Riverside Medical website, displays include a 1900-1930s doctor's office, library, art, photography and over 20 display cabinets of medical items
Stahl Center & Museum of Culture Riverside Riverside Anthropology website, part of La Sierra University
Sunnylands Sunnylands visitor center.jpg Rancho Mirage Riverside Historic house Winter retreat mansion of Walter and Leonore Annenberg
Temecula Valley Museum Temecula Riverside Local history website
UCR ARTSblock Riverside Riverside Art website, part of the University of California, Riverside, an interactive art facility housed in the renovated Rouse Building, an 1895 department store, includes the California Museum of Photography, Sweeney Art Gallery, and Barbara and Art Culver Center of the Arts
Victorian Bridal Museum San Jacinto Riverside Textile website, Victorian-era wedding dresses and accessories
Victor Valley Museum Apple Valley San Bernardino Local history website, branch museum of the San Bernardino County Museum
Walter N. Marks Center for the Arts Palm Desert Riverside Art website, part of College of the Desert, includes 3 galleries
Western America Railroad Museum Barstow San Bernardino Railroad
Western Science Center WCAP Front Facade 2.jpg Hemet Riverside Natural history Native American artifacts, Ice Age fossils, archaeology, paleontology
Wignall Museum of Contemporary Art Rancho Cucamonga San Bernardino Art website, part of Chaffey College
World Museum of Natural History Riverside Riverside Natural history website, part of La Sierra University, animal mounts, gems and minerals, meteorites and tektites, petrified wood, shells, American Indian artifacts, and contemplative stones (Suiseki)
Ya'i Heki' Regional Indian Museum Perris Riverside Native American Located in Lake Perris State Recreation Area
Yanks Air Museum Chino San Bernardino Aviation
Yorba-Slaughter Adobe Chino San Bernardino Historic house Branch museum of the San Bernardino County Museum, includes post office/general store with an exhibit of agriculture and animal husbandry
Yucaipa Adobe Yucaipa San Bernardino Historic house website, branch museum of the San Bernardino County Museum

Defunct museums[edit]

  • A Special Place Children's Museum, San Bernardino[4]
  • Banana Museum, Hesperia, collection sold in 2010[5]
  • Heartland, California Museum of the Heart, Rancho Mirage[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Population of Combined Statistical Areas: April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2010" (CSV). 2006 Population Estimates. U.S. Census Bureau, Population Division. April 7, 2010. Retrieved 2007-12-02. 
  2. ^ California State Parks, Accessible Features, California Citrus State Historic Park
  3. ^ Begley, Doug. Maserati Makes His Day. The Press Enterprise, September 4th 2009, Section D.
  4. ^ "A Special Place Children's Hands-On Museum - Closed". Yelp. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "The International Banana Club® Museum since 1976". The Banana Club. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  6. ^ "Heartland, The California Museum of the Heart - CLOSED". Museums USA. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 

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