DAY TRIP The UC Riverside California Museum of Photography

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Updated: Wednesday, May 28, 2008 10:49 PM PDT

The UC Riverside California Museum of Photography describes itself as an “intellectual meeting ground” for the university and the general public. The museum puts photography at the forefront through various exhibitions, a multitude of collections and various publications of which it is a part. As media change, the museum has also dedicated itself to examining the changing face of photography, its role in the media and the relationship it holds with its traditional role of expression and how that role has shifted to contemporary practice. The museum is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. The museum was founded in 1973 and carries with it a record of its history, which serves well as a record of those decades. One of the major achievements has been the museum’s ability to move with changing media. It celebrates itself as one of the first public institutions to integrate public web access into its gallery programs.

The museum hopes to continue that tradition of carrying the future of media and photography by displaying the marvels of today.


Take the CA-55 North for about 12 miles. Exit onto the CA-91 East toward Riverside for about 30 miles. Exit Downtown/University Avenue and merge onto Mulberry Street. Turn left at University Avenue.

If you want to avoid the CA-55 North and catch the CA-91 a little further east, take the I-405 South to the CA-133 North and merge onto CA-241 North to the CA-91 East.

The CA-133 and CA-241 are toll roads.


The Gallery and Museum Store are open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Both are closed Sunday, Monday, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Independence and New Year’s Day.

The museum is open and admission is free on the first Sunday of February, March, April, May, October, September, November and December.

The museum extends its hours from 6 to 9 p.m. the first Thursday of every month, and admission is free during that time.


General admission to the museum is $3, but it is free to members, students and seniors.

Children 14 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.


One of the featured exhibits at the museum is the Walker Evans selection. The exhibit includes 61 photographs and covers the breadth of his career, including his portraiture and work with architectural interiors and exteriors.

— Daniel Tedford

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