The Mission Inn Museum and Riverside Metropolitan Museum are partnering in a special two-part exhibition to celebrate the Mission Inn's 30th Anniversary as a National Historic Landmark.
The first exhibit titled, Creating a Legacy (1875 - 1955) will be on display from July 19 - October 14, 2007 at the Riverside Metropolitan Museum and will commemorate the legacy of Frank Miller and his contributions to the development of Riverside. The exhibit features personal objects of the Miller Family, including: a ram's horn inkwell, needlepoint pole screen, as well as significant artifacts that define the Inn during this period such as the original sketching of the Raincross symbol. The exhibit will open on July 19th with a special presentation by Author and Historian, Maurice Hodgen, from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the Mission Inn St. Francis Chapel followed by a reception at the Riverside Metropolitan Museum from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Events and admission are free and open to the public.
The second exhibit titled, Saving the Community's Heritage (1955 - Present) will be on display from September 13 - January 5, 2008 at the Mission Inn Museum and will document the Miller Family sale of the hotel, its gradual decline, and renovation. The exhibit features objects saved by the public and returned to the Inn, paintings, bells, and original architectural renderings. The exhibit will open on September 13th with a special presentation by Preservation Architect, Bruce Judd, from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. at the Mission Inn Galleria followed by a reception at the Mission Inn Museum from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Events and admission are free and open to the public.
The story of the National Historic Landmark Mission Inn stretches over more than a century and began with the Miller Family. The Mission Inn originally began as the Glenwood Hotel bought and operated by Frank Augustus Miller in 1880. Frank Miller was more than just the owner of the famous Mission Inn, but he was an intregal part in the development of Riverside as well as international relations. After Miller's death in 1935, the Inn continued under the Miller's daughter and son-in-law who died in 1952 and 1953. The Inn was sold in 1955 and went through a series of ownerships and period of gradual decline. Support for the preservation of the Inn grew and to save the hotel, community members rallied and the Friends of the Mission Inn formed in 1969. The Mission Inn Foundation was also established to preserve the site's history and collections and to manage the hotel. The Inn received recognition as being one of America's nationally-significant sites and was designated as a National Historic Landmark on October 30, 1977. (The Inn was the first landmark to receive this recognition in Riverside County and is one of only two NHL sites in the county.) In 1992, Riverside native Duane Roberts acquired the Mission Inn and has ensured the Inn's legacy.
The Riverside Metropolitan Museum is located at 3580 Mission Inn Avenue in downtown Riverside. The museum is open Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 9 am - 5 pm; Thursday 9 am - 9 pm; Saturday 10 am - 5 pm; Sunday 11 am - 5 pm; closed on Monday. Admission is free. For more information, call: (951) 826-5273.
The Mission Inn Museum is located at 3696 Main Street, next to the Mission Inn Hotel. The museum is open daily from 9:30 am - 4:00 pm. Admission is free. For more information, call: (951) 788-9556.