Inland Empire California Visitor Information

Inland Empire Museums

No Visit to a California destination would be complete without visiting one of the many museums. California has a reputation as a haven for people with creative minds, and you can see this in its multifaceted cultural offerings.

Arts abound here in four main formats: large-scale, world-class organizations; smaller, quirkier museums, often showcasing the Golden State’s history and its abundant idiosyncratic subcultures (think surfers, Silicon Valley techno-wizards, and Peanuts aficionados).

When the weather hinders traditional camping activities (or not) stretch your mind with a visit to one of California’s museums. Need more encouragement? Check out The 10 Reasons to Visit a Museum!

Pennypickle’s Workshop – Temecula is located off Interstate 15 from Rancho California Road. Situated in Old Town Temecula, Pennypickles Workshop is a children’s museum cluttered with hands-on inventions, gadgets, experiments and more. Join a Robot Building Workshop, travel time through the Blacklight Maze Room, become a human kaleidoscope, play a record on the sewing machine and see the peanut butter & jelly sandwich-making machine. Visit www.pennypickles.org

Southern California Medical Museum – Riverside is located off the 91 Freeway from Central Avenue. This is the only museum in Southern California dedicated to collecting and preservating medical artifacts and the history of medicine throughout the state. Various specialties of medicine include dentistry, pharmacy, nursing and medical. Exhibits include art, instruments, pills, electric shock devices, ether masks, microscopes, tooth extractors and much more. Visit www.socalmedicalmuseum.org

Riverside International Automotive Museum – Riverside is located near the intersection of the 60, 91 and 215 Freeways. The museum pays tribute to California’s rich motorsports history and the Riverside International Raceway. Exhibits include California racing memorabilia and classic & exotic cars including Maseratis, Indy cars, Formula cars, Ferraris and more. Visit www.riversideinternational.org

Riverside Metropolitan Museum – Riverside is located off Highway 91 at the University Avenue exit, southwest of Highway 60. They feature artistic works representing cultural and natural history. Emphasis is placed on the preservation of local history. The museum is situated in a former Post Office building that was constructed in 1912. Closed on Mondays. Visit www.riversideca.gov

March Field Aircraft Museum – Riverside is located off Interstate 215 south of Highway 60 in Riverside. This is an aircraft museum featuring a historic collection of warbirds from the SR-71 “Blackbird” to Soviet Migs. Over 3,000 aviation artifacts are on display as well as over 50 planes. Visit www.marchfield.org

Editorial information provided in part by CaliforniaRevealed.com, a collection of native Californians and travelers who spend their time exploring California and sharing their discoveries.

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