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Museum of Riverside hosts "Open Lobby" preview of expansion plans

The museum, which has been closed since 2017, is preparing for a $15 million rehabilitation.

An architectural rendering of what the entrance to a renovated and expanded Museum of Riverside could look like. (Courtesy the Museum of Riverside)

This Thursday, May 18, Riversiders can step inside the Museum of Riverside, which has been closed since 2017. Museum staff has been cataloging the artifacts in its collection and moving them into storage in anticipation of a planned $15 million renovation and expansion funded by Measure Z.

At Thursday’s “Open Lobby” event, from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m., museum staff and architects from Pfeiffer Partners will be on hand to show plans for the renovation and renderings of the draft design.

An architectural rendering of a proposed design for a new rooftop terrace on the expanded Museum of Riverside. (Courtesy the Museum of Riverside)

Renovation plans include rehabilitation of the 1912 building, originally home to the Post Office, and the construction of a two-story expansion. The expansion would increase the museum’s space by about 40% and continue beautifying Riverside’s arts district along Mission Inn Ave.