Riverside Art Museum

3425 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, CA 92501 Map · Phone number
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About Riverside Art Museum

Julia Morgan believed that architecture was a visual art. Having designed over 700 buildings, most notably Hearst Castle in San Simeon during her 46-year career as one of California’s premier architects, she proved herself to be a true artist.

The first woman to graduate from the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in civil engineering and to be admitted into and graduate from the foremost architectural program at the time, the L’Ecole des Beaux-arts school in Paris, France, Morgan became California’s first female architect in 1902.

In the midst of our beautiful City of Riverside, we have a Morgan-designed landmark treasure. Built in 1929 in a unique mixture of Mediterranean and Classical revival styles, the Riverside YWCA on the corner of Lime and Mission Inn incorporated practicality, convenience, and elegant simplicity in an innovative tri-block design, constructed with reinforced, poured-in-place concrete. This design is unique among the 17 YWCA's Morgan designed. The movement and interest created by the tri-block design works not only on the exterior of the building, but also on the two interior floors. Morgan's building successfully functioned as Riverside's YWCA for nearly 40 years.

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.

Although the original function of Julia Morgan's building has changed, the spirit of its precedent-setting architect will be forever preserved in the timeless quality and beautiful design of the building. Morgan's architecture truly stands as a testimony to her fortitude, her skill, and her brilliantly enduring sensibilities.

The building is now home to artists and art lovers as a place to quietly roam and experience the world of art. With quarterly exhibits featuring artwork by the masters as well as up-and-coming contemporary artists, there’s something to pique everyone’s interests and to challenge their perceptions of what art is. Art classes for the young and young at heart alike teach art history and technique.

...and if you’re looking for the perfect place for an elegant affair for your special day, look no further than the historic and unique building that is now the Riverside Art Museum. Exchange vows in Julia’s garden-like atrium. Let your friends and family toast to your joy and good health in one of our art galleries, and dance the night away in the arms of the one you love under the stars on our rooftop courtyard.

Here's what you should know:

  • RAM creates custom facility rental packages for all of its Clients so you don't pay for time or space you don't need. The spaces rent by the hour and must be booked from the beginning of set-up to the end of clean-up.
  • RAM requires a security deposit to be held against damages for all events.
  • RAM does not provide catering services; however, you are welcome to bring in the outside vendor of your choice. Vendors must be able to provide RAM with liability insurance coverage for the date of the event.
  • RAM Facility Rental Event Service Staff (ESS) are required to serve as oversight to protect the facility and the artwork on exhibit for all events at RAM. The number of ESS needed is determined by the size and extent of the event.
  • Additional Terms and Conditions apply and will be gone over with you by our Facility Rental Coordinator.

Thank you for considering the Riverside Art Museum for your wedding, birthday, anniversary, holiday party, and more.

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5 Reviews for Riverside Art Museum

Recommended by 84% of couples


4.2 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 4.2
  • Professionalism 4.2
  • Flexibility 4.1
  • Value 4.2
  • Average response time 4.2
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    Emily · Married on 08/05/2017

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    Kathy at the museum was the absolute best to work with. She accommodated all my needs, and made my wedding day go by without any issues. The rooftop view is unbeatable, and all the guests loved the venue as much as we did!

    Sent on 08/09/2017
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    Andrea · Married on 05/28/2016

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    Our ceremony was inside and the reception was on the rooftop. It was a beautiful and unique setting with downtown Riverside as a backdrop. The RAM provided the beauty of the Mission Inn without the price tag, but with loads more charm. Kathy was flexible, responsive, and fantastic. This is the place to having a wedding.

    Sent on 08/18/2016
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    Dana · Married on 03/12/2016

    5.0
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    We did not actually end up choosing this venue but it was a close second because the value was one of the best! The event coordinator is amazing and full of good tips! On a beautiful night a rooftop ceremony and or reception would be to die for. We had the pleasure of doing our walk through before a wedding and got to see how versatile the spaces can be used! You can rent a lot or as little of the museum as you wish but the entire museum is yours for the night so no public access. Definitely have the event coordinator look up the art exhibit which will be in the rooms you book so you can possible coordinate decor. Super late pick up on rentals through the in house company so there won't be any rush to get out. Great value!

    Sent on 11/05/2015

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Riverside Art Museum FAQ

  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?
    Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?
    $ 4875.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?
    $ 3500.00
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?
    Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?
    $ 1500.00
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?
    $ 750.00
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee?
    Chairs
    Set Up
    Tables
  • How many event spaces or rooms does your venue offer?
    3
  • Describe your venue:
    Art Gallery
    Historic Building
    Museum
    Rooftop
  • What kind of settings are available?
    Indoor
    Covered Outdoor
    Scenic Views
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
    Ceremony
    Reception
    Bridal Shower
    Engagement Party
    Elopements
    Rehearsal Dinner
  • What event services do you offer?
    All Inclusive Packages
    Clean Up
    Event Rentals
    Set Up
  • What event items are available?
    Audio Equipment
    Chairs
    Chair Covers
    Dance Floor
    Furniture
    Lighting
    Tables
  • What food and beverage items are available?
    Barware
    China
    Flatware
    Glassware
    Linens
  • What transportation and access is available?
    Wheelchair Access
  • What months are included in your peak season?
    March
    April
    May
    June
    September
    October
    November
    December
  • What months are included in your off-peak season?
    January
    February
    July
    August

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  • 3425 Mission Inn Ave. Riverside, CA, 92501 See on map
    9516847111 (Phone number)
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