Riverside Metropolitan Museum

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Riverside Metropolitan Museum
Built 1912, originally as the United States Post Office[1]
LocationRiverside, California
Coordinates33°58′55″N 117°22′21″W / 33.9820°N 117.3726°W / 33.9820; -117.3726
TypeHistory, Anthropology, Natural Science
Collection size100,000
CuratorBrenda Buller Focht
Official nameRiverside Municipal Museum[1]
Reference no.11

The Riverside Metropolitan Museum, or RMM, is a history, anthropological, and natural science museum located in the historic Mission Inn District of Riverside, California, United States. The museum is a department of the City of Riverside, but is supported by the Riverside Museum Associates (RMA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.


The museum was established on December 12, 1924, when the widow of Cornelius Earle Rumsey donated his collection of Native American artifacts to the City of Riverside. Rumsey, a retired executive of the National Biscuit Company (Nabisco), came to Riverside for his health and subsequently developed an interest in Native American artifacts.[2]

The museum was originally located in the basement of the old City Hall building from 1925 through 1948. It then moved to the basement of the current building, originally a Federal Post Office. As the museum's collections grew, the museum expanded to all of the floors in the 1960s and 1970s.[3]

After his retirement from teaching at Riverside Junior College, noted naturalist Edmund C. Jaeger served as a curator for the museum. A permanent exhibit at the museum is dedicated to him and the natural landscape of Southern California.

The museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM).[4]


The building was designed in the Renaissance Revival Style.


  • Patterson, Tom. A Colony For California; Riverside's First Hundred Years, Second Edition, 1996. The Museum Press of the Riverside Museum Associates. ISBN 0-935661-24-7.
  • Riverside Municipal Museum Brochure
  1. ^ a b Riverside Cultural Heritage Board (January 2002). "Landmarks of the City of Riverside" (PDF). City of Riverside. Retrieved 2013-02-28.
  2. ^ Patterson, page 345.
  3. ^ BID Bulletin, Riverside Downtown Business Improvement District, September 2010, Volume 11, Issue 9, page 2.
  4. ^ "Alliance Accredited Institutions" (PDF). American Alliance of Museums. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 January 2013. Retrieved 6 April 2013.

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