The Mission Inn Museum features permanent, temporary and virtual exhibits. The onsite permanent exhibit in the Mission Inn Museum details the history of the Mission Inn and its founder Frank Miller, as well as featuring the collections of the Mission Inn Foundation and Museum. Temporary exhibits have featured "The Music of the Mission Inn", "Catacombs - Myth and Reality" and "By the Seat of their Pants - Aviation - Mission Inn - March Field."
WOMEN OF THE MISSION INN
March 22-August 31, 2018
Opening during Women's History Month, this timely exhibition features the known and unknown women who shaped the hotel and its operations over the last 150 years. Come explore the stories of Mary Clark Miller, Alice Miller Richardson, Isabella Hardenberg Miller, Allis Miller Hutchings, Marion Clark Miller, May Spiller, Kelly Roberts, celebrity guests, and the unnamed employees of the hotel, all of which were participants in the hotel's operations and activities.
This exhibition includes photographs, archival documents, clothing, and personal belongings of these women, which illustrate their unique personalities and characteristics. Fill out a postcard and drop it in the exhibition mailbox, and we'll send it along to an inspirational woman (or man!) in your life, or take a selfie with May Spiller.
Opening Thursday, March 22, 2018
5:00-6:00 p.m. Members Hour Reception
6:00-8:00 p.m. Public Reception
Mission Inn Museum Hours 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. daily
Monthly Riverside Arts Walk April 5, 2018 6:00-9:00 p.m.Left: Marion Clark Miller, mid-late 1930's in front of the CampanarioBelow Left: May Spiller with one of her famous hats, date unknown, c. 1940'sBelow Right: Hotel guest Amelia Earhart with DeWitt Hutchings and the hotel's famous macaws, February 1936
The Curio Shop: The Unexpected Artifacts of the Mission Inn
Opening September 28, 2018
Questions or requests for additional information should be sent to Karen Raines, Curator of History.
The Roberts’ Years: The Rebirth of the Mission Inn September 7, 2017 - February 27, 2018
The Mission Inn does better when it is owned by a family. Indeed, the hotel’s greatest successes are bookended by the ownership of two families: the Millers (1876 – 1956) and the Roberts (1992 – today).
Despite those “in-between” years—in between its glory days and its rebirth—Duane and Kelly Roberts’ deft leadership has made today’s Mission Inn Hotel & Spa a hotel once again worthy of its National Historic Landmark designation.
The Roberts’ Years: The Rebirth of the Mission Inn is the third and final exhibit in a three-part series celebrating the nonprofit Mission Inn Foundation’s 40th anniversary. This exhibit explores the Mission Inn’s renaissance and the transformation it has undergone during the Roberts’ years.
Behind the Fence: The Renovation Years March 2 - July 31, 2017
Behind the Fence is the second of a three-part series celebrating the Mission Inn Foundation’s 40th Anniversary and its role in safeguarding this important city, state, and national landmark. This exhibition examined the hotel during the late 1980's and early 1990's when it was closed and fenced off from the public. During this time, extensive renovations were carried out and the historic collections were itemized and inventoried by volunteers from a variety of groups including the Mission Inn Foundation, the Friends of the Mission Inn, the Riverside Junior League, and more. Restoration efforts concentrated on all the major utilities and the building fabric, in an attempt to address the structural instability of the hotel.
Preserving the Legacy: Birth of the Mission Inn Foundation and a National Historic Landmark September 26, 2016 - January 31, 2017
Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Mission Inn Foundation and Museum - the first in a three-part exhibit series. The nonprofit Mission Inn Foundation evolved from operating the struggling hotel to preserving, interpreting, and promoting the cultural heritage of the now flourishing Mission Inn Hotel & Spa. Preserving the Legacy is the first of a three-part series celebrating the Mission Inn Foundation’s 40th Anniversary and its role in safeguarding this important city, state, and national landmark. With a close look at the late 1970's, this exhibition discussed the tenuous fate of the Mission Inn Hotel building, its numerous changes of ownership, the community-led effort to save the building, and the formation of the nonprofit Mission Inn Foundation.
California Here We Come! Romance, Identity, and Boosterism in Southern California March 3 - September 1, 2016
Boosters—land developers, promoters, advocates, and salespeople—set out to sell California and its dream to whomever was in the market to buy. This exhibition presented various sides of the California utopian dream through themes including romance, identity, hope, despair, race, and the unparalleled and unrelenting human capacity to dream for a better tomorrow even in the midst of a chaotic today.