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Edward-Dean Museum of Decorative Arts

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Edward-Dean Museum of Decorative Arts

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sensulato wrote a review Jun 2019
Joshua Tree41 contributions20 helpful votes
Be sure to check in with a docent when you visit. Knowledgeable staff will help you better understand the collections, and can answer any questions you have about the individual objects. The grounds are beautiful, too. Plan to spend a couple of hours there.
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Date of experience: May 2019
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Merril H wrote a review Feb 2019
27 contributions9 helpful votes
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I have often passed this County-run museum on the way down to Cherry Valley and finally took the time to check it out—Glad I did. I am an art lover and amateur art historian. The quality of this collection surprised me. From the moment you enter, there are numerous decorative and framed works to appreciate. The museum’s collection tends to focus on Italian Art as well as works from Japan and China, thanks to Mr. Dean, who acquired many unique works from his job as an art dealer in the first half of the 20th Century. The curators/docents are very knowledgeable about the collection and can relate stories about the art, as well as the era it came from. Military Veterans receive free admission. There was a pianist playing in one of the parlours during our visit which added to the ambience. Small children may find it tedious, but otherwise there is something for everyone to see. This is one of the best things Riverside County does for its taxpayers so I hope it continues for a long time!
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Date of experience: January 2019
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Cheryl Z wrote a review Aug 2018
Menifee, California38 contributions9 helpful votes
Having passed the Dean-Edward Museum on our way up to pick blackberries, when the crop was less than expected, we had time to stop at this hidden gem. A high school volunteer led us through antiquities curated into parlors and libraries. The gardens are beautiful and host weddings and other celebrations. If you’re in the area, don’t miss! It’s a quick trip to the past and antiques saved from the treacheries of war.
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Date of experience: August 2018
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susan e wrote a review Jun 2018
Beaumont, California14 contributions3 helpful votes
I used to be a docent at this museum some years ago when I was going to UCR. As such, I got to tour all of the museum's nooks and crannies. It is amazing that such a collection has been accumulated and it should be appreciated and studied by many.....
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Date of experience: May 2018
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Ang2012 wrote a review Sep 2016
Palm Desert, California28 contributions14 helpful votes
This rather small museum is packed with a large variety of interesting items which are well-displayed in several rooms on two floors.. There are docents for a tour or to just answer questions. You can also stroll in the gardens and admire how well they are kept up. It's difficult to recommend 'length of visit' because depends on whether you read and carefully view every/most items or just those that are of interest to you.
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Date of experience: September 2016
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