Jensen Alvarado Historic Ranch and Museum

Built by retired sea-captain Cornelius Jensen and his wife Mercedes Alvarado in the early 1870s, today this historic ranch preserves the rhythm of farm life from a time before even citrus was king. Now just 30-acres of what was once an expansive ranch, Riverside County has set aside an oasis of historic farmland in the ever-growing city of Jurupa Valley. Visitors to our site can wander through our orchards, feed our resident farm animals, or just walk through the historic ranch house.


  • Tours of an era-preserved home
  • Museum
  • Feed farm animals
  • Picnic Area


  • Adults – House and museum tour only – $4 Per Person
  • Children 12 yrs. And younger – $3.00 each
  • Dogs – $1.00
  • Group tours Tuesday – Friday, minimum 40 attendees (Please call for pricing)


  • Open to the public Tuesday – Friday 2:00pm – 4:00pm, by appointment only
  • Now open – 1st and 3rd Saturday’s of the month, 10am-4pm.
  • Activities 1st Saturday 11am-3pm
  • Appointments required for school programs

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Jensen Alvarado Historic Ranch and Museum, located in Riverside off of the 60 Freeway and Rubidoux Blvd., is a 30-acre site housing the historic ranch built by retired sea captain Cornelius Jensen and his wife Mercedes Alvarado. This historic site affords visitors a peek into the past, depicting Southern California life as it was lived in the 1880’s.

The preserved home features furniture and utensils that belonged to the original owners, and the ranch itself showcases original farm tools, crops once tended by the family, orange groves, a windmill, a tank house, a milk house and an archaeology table. The museum, located in the family winery, contains additional farming equipment, Jensen’s saddle, tools, a buggy and other items related to the Jensen-Alvarado family.

Lead by interpreters in period-appropriate attire, demonstrations of tortilla and butter making, adobe brick making, ice cream cranking, washboard and wringer laundry, weaving, and various farming techniques from the 19th century are offered to groups with reservations. Group tours are available Tuesday through Friday by appointment only.

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Contact Us:

Address: 4307 Briggs Street Jurupa Valley, CA 92509

Phone: (951) 369-6055

If you have additional questions, for a speedier response – please contact Guest Services for more information.


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