Petterson Museum of Intercultural Art-Claremont, CA

Claremont is a fast-growing suburban city close to Rancho Cucamonga, located just a few minutes away from downtown Los Angeles. The city is very popular among families and retirees. Claremont has a small but fast-growing population of a little over 35,000 residents. Some of the things that make the city popular include its many world-class amenities and attractions. One of the most visited locations in the city is the Petterson Museum of Intercultural Art. The museum offers a wide range of exhibitions and is a perfect getaway destination for anyone looking for a place to pass time especially on weekends. Below is everything you need to know about the Petterson Museum of Intercultural Art;


The famous Petterson Museum was established in the early 1980s by a group of Pilgrim Place residents and art enthusiasts who recognize the need to collect and secure all the artifacts that had accumulated within the Pilgrim Place community over the years. Richard Petterson is believed to have initiated this process which gave birth to one of the most popular museums in California. Most of the artifacts and items on display are donations from well-traveled local residents of the community and donors.


Although the Petterson Museum of Intercultural Art was started solely as safe storage for historically significant artifacts, it has now evolved into a platform that promotes and highlights the beauty of cultural diversity and integration through art and public programs.

Artifacts collection and exhibitions:

The museum has a huge collection of over 10,000 pieces of cultural artifacts from all over the world. These items fall under different categories including basketry, prints, textiles, masks, ceramics, ethnic and tribal arts, decorative arts, antiquities, costumes, ethnology, clothing, sculptures, and folk art. The exhibitions at the Petterson Museum allow visitors to closely examine and compare ancient pieces of art from different eras and cultures.

Although guided tours are available, all items displayed in the museum are clearly labeled to ensure the visitors know exactly what they are looking at. The staff members at the museum are also very knowledgeable about most of the artifacts on display and are always willing to give you a short history or background information about anything that picks your curiosity.

Open hours and Directions:

The Petterson Museum is open to the public from Friday to Sunday between 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm except on public holidays and throughout the day during the annual Pilgrim Place Festival which takes place in early November.

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