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Museum of Riverside

Museum of Riverside

Heritage House

8193 Magnolia Avenue
Riverside, CA 92504
(951) 826-5273 (Museum of Riverside)

Heritage House & Gift Shop Hours
Open from the first weekend after Labor Day through June. Closed in July and
August. Reservations required. Book Your Tour Now!

Friday - Sunday:  Open at 12:00 pm 
Last Tour at 3:15 pm
Closed Monday through Thursday & major holidays. Open for special events.

COVID 19: The City of Riverside currently requires all members of the public to wear a mask indoors at city facilities and outdoors on city property when social distancing is not possible, and REGARDLESS of vaccination status. These rules are subject to change.

Upcoming Events at Heritage House

Friday, September 10, 2021
Heritage House Reopens | Book Your Tour Now!
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, reservations via Eventbrite are required.
Be sure to sign up for our special programming during the fall: Catharine's Closet Fashion Show with costume historian Philip Livoni on September 12th and the Moon Festival on September 21st. Both events are available on Eventbrite.

Friday, September 10, 2021 – Sunday, November 21, 2021
Exhibition: Catharine’s Closet |
Book Your Tour Now!
Join us for the re-opening of Heritage House and a special exhibition from the Museum’s permanent collection, called Catharine’s Closet. The exhibition highlight fashions current during the lifetime of Catharine Bettner (1845-1928). Due to COVID-19 restrictions, reservations are required via Eventbrite.

In the 1890s, Bettner oversaw the design and building of what is now known as Heritage House, a richly furnished reimagining of a Riverside citrus magnate’s home environment. During Bettner’s life, women’s fashions changed dramatically. Catharine’s Closet will offer examples spanning seven decades of the types of garments similar to those Bettner may have worn. From fashionable dress in the 1860s to the attention-getting bustle of the 1870s to the beaded splendor of the 1920s, these beautiful garments will be on exhibit in different rooms throughout Heritage House.

Sunday, September 12, 2021
Catharine's Closet Presentation and Family Activities | Register For This Event Now!
1:30 p.m. Costume historian Philip Livoni will exhibit additional examples of vintage garments from his own collection and speak about changing fashions. Family activities will follow beginning at 3:00 p.m. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, reservations are required via Eventbrite.

Two weekends: September 17-19 and September 24-26, 2021
“Time Warp Weekends” |  Book Your Tour Now!
Visitors are encouraged to dress from any time period or as their favorite historic person (Queen Victoria, Frederick Douglass, Nikola Tesla, Eliza Tibbets, or any favorite you may have).  To protect fragile furnishings in Heritage House, no hoop skirts will be permitted inside the house. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, reservations are required.

Tuesday, Sept. 21, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Moon Festival | Register Now!

Celebrate Asian culture under a full moon! Moon festivals are celebrated throughout Asia with moon cakes, lanterns, and gratitude for friends and family. The festivals originated with the ancient tradition of honoring the moon in autumn for harvest. The Moon Festival at Heritage House honors the importance of Chinese Americans in building the citrus empire in Riverside's early history as a city. Join us for an evening of storytelling by Barbara Wong, performances by Tiger Crane Lion Dance Troupe, and a fun lantern craft for all ages. Moon Cakes and tea will be available for purchase. Hope to see you there! Event is free! Due to COVID-19 restrictions, reservations via Eventbrite are required

Free. Suggested Donation $5.

On-site parking is available in the lot behind the House. The lot can be accessed by using the house's driveway located to the their right of the house.  If the lot is full, please use the street parking available on Magnolia Avenue.

ADA Access
Limited handicap parking is available in the House Parking Lot. An onsite employee or volunteer will assist in accessing the wheelchair lift located on the side of the house. The first floor can be accessed using the lift; however, the second floor is only accessible via the staircase.

Room Rentals/Reservations
The Heritage House does not host weddings or non-departmental events.

School and Group Programs
Please make reservations at least three weeks in advance. To make a reservation, please call: Museum Tours at (951) 826-5273 or contact us by email:


About Heritage House

Owned by the Museum of Riverside, this 1891 Victorian showplace depicts life in turn-of-the century Riverside. An elegant reminder of the affluent homes that once graced Magnolia Avenue, Heritage House began as a project of the Riverside Museum Associates, a volunteer support group of the Museum of Riverside. Restored and maintained in a manner reflective of its nineteenth-century construction, this grand house is now a meticulously researched example of historic tastes, values, and lifestyle. M r. and Mrs. James Bettner settled in Riverside in the late 1870s, within a decade of the young town's founding.

A Place - A Time . . .

According to an 1895 article in Harper’s Bazaar magazine, young couples of moderate means could expect to spend between $5,000 and $10,000 in the construction of a house, excluding the cost of a lot. The Bradstreet Index, in 1895, recognized Riverside as enjoying the highest per capita income in the United States. Citizens were indeed prosperous, thanks largely to citrus horticulture, but they were not millionaires. Catharine Bettner's net worth in 1892, for instance, was $18,755 or about $519,000 adjusted to 2017 values.

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