Kids-yes, older elementary age and up or those with a particular interest in cars
I won't pretend to know anything about cars. But, even I can tell that this museum has one heck of a collection of Maseratis. The Riverside International Auto Museum is a private collection of a father and son, Ray and Doug Magnon, racing enthusiasts and car collectors, who opened their collection to the public. Sadly, Doug Magnon passed away recently but the collection endures.
The racing history of the cars and drivers featured in this museum revolve around the Riverside International Raceway. The raceway hosted Grand Prix style racing from 1957-1988, when it was torn down to make way for a shopping mall. Much of the history of the RIR can be found in the Museum, which boasts a library of periodicals, video clips, photos and memorabilia.
Now for you car enthusiasts out there this is where I begin to sound like a total ditz. I know very little about cars and can not do this museum justice but I'm going to try to describe some of their impressive collection. Forgive me if I occasionally throw in the word "pretty" or "shiny" here and there. I love to hear that roar of an engine that you feel down in your gut as much as anyone, but it was as quiet as a, well, museum, in the place. Upon entering the front door we were met with an impressive AAR Eagle race car. There are several out on the floor. (For more info on any of the cars check their website where details on many of the cars can be found.)
They have the largest collection of Maserati road cars in the US, according to their website, and I believe it.
My personal favorites were the MG and the Riley with the suicide doors. But let's not forget the beautiful Jaguars and the Packard. Remember to check out their website and blog for more detailed information on the cars and racing history.
The museum has very little hands on activities for toddlers. Also at this point in time they are ONLY open on Fridays. The location is a little tricky to find as it is in the middle of an industrial type complex, but not far off the 215 Freeway. It's definitely worth a visit.
Riverside International Auto Museum