Connect to Riverside

Downtown Map

A map of downtown Riverside can be found here (pdf).

Dining Options

Visitors can enjoy a variety of foods at establishments near UCR ARTS along Main St., 9th St, and neighboring blocks downtown.

Arts Around Town

Every first Thursday of the month UCR ARTS stays open late as part of a monthly community event that celebrates the diversity of arts and culture in downtown Riverside and the Inland Empire.

Riverside Artswalk is hosted by the Riverside Arts Council and sponsored by the City of Riverside and Riverside Downtown Partnership. For a map of participating venues and events, visit: https://www.riversideartswalk.com/

Community events and festivals are held in downtown Riverside throughout the year. For a look at upcoming arts-related events as well as a map of public art sites visit: https://riversideca.gov/cedd/artscultural-affairs/

Family First Sundays take place October through May (UCR ARTS will participate December through May in 2021-22). Family First Sundays are a seasonal series of free family programs featuring different activities for children and teens.

Historical Information

UCR ARTS encompasses two renovated buildings, dating from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, in downtown Riverside.

The California Museum of Photography’s art deco façade sits adjacent to the Culver Center of the Arts, originally built in 1895 and renovated in
1924 to include Spanish Renaissance details. Both buildings were department stores in their early years as commercial destinations along Main St. before the thoroughfare became a pedestrian-only promenade.

Next time you visit us, we encourage you to sit and relax outside in the tree-lined mall in front of the museum’s entrance and admire the architecture of our historic buildings before or after you view our exhibitions inside.

When you are done visiting us, our downtown location serves as a great jumping off point for a walking tour of Riverside’s rich cultural and architectural history. Visit https://www.riversideca.gov/todolandmarks.asp for additional inspiration.