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Ranger Betty Soskin sitting in front of the visitor center.
Ranger Betty Reid Soskin at the Rosie the Riveter Visitor Education Center. Contact the visitor center or check out our calendar of events for Betty's current programs. NPS Photo.
 

Our Visitor Center

We recommend that you start your visit at the Visitor Education Center in the Historic Ford Building Complex in Richmond, along the waterfront. Inside the Visitor Center you will find exhibits highlighting both local and the national WWII Home Front history, as well as some museum artifacts from our collection.

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Historic Places in Richmond, CA.

Why Richmond California?

Richmond, California was chosen as the site for this National Historical Park because it has so many surviving sites and structures from the World War II years that can help tell the diverse stories of the home front. These stories include the mobilization of America’s industry and the changes in production techniques; the struggle for women’s and minority rights; the labor movement; the growth of pre-paid medical care; advances in early childhood education and day care; recycling and rationing; major shifts in population; and changes in arts and culture.

Richmond played a significant and nationally recognized part in the World War II home front. The four Richmond shipyards produced 747 ships, more than any other shipyard complex in the country. Richmond was also home to over 56 different war industries, more than any other city of its size in the United States. The city grew from less than 24,000 people in 1940 to nearly 100,000 people by 1943, overwhelming the available housing, roads, schools, businesses and community services. At the same time, Executive Order 9066 forcibly removed Japanese and Japanese-American residents from the area, disrupting Richmond’s thriving cut-flower industry. The war truly touched every aspect of civilian life on the home front. Through historic structures, museum collections, interpretive exhibits, and programs, the park tells the diverse and fascinating story of the WWII home front.

 
1414 Harbour Way South, Suite 3000
Richmond, CA 94804

Please visit the "Directions and Transportation" link on the main website at http://www.nps.gov/rori/planyourvisit/directions.htm

Visitor Education Center Operating Hours

Hours Of Operation: The Visitor Center is open from 10:00am to 5:00pm, seven days per week, excluding three holidays. Holidays Closed on Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day and New Year's Day.

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Weather typical for San Francisco Bay Area. Can be cold and windy year round. Fog in the summer.

Entrance Fees:

Visitor Education Center Entrance - $0.00

Entrance is free to the Visitor Education Center. No park passes are needed or sold.

Entrance Passes:

No Passes Required/ Passes not available - $0.00

Park passes are not required and not sold at this location.

Rosie the Riveter Visitor Education Center

The Rosie the Riveter Visitor Education Center is the first place to visit when coming to our park. You will be able to see films, interactive exhibits, programs and find out additional information about the Richmond WWII Home Front historic sites.

Last updated: October 18, 2017

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

1414 Harbour Way South, Suite 3000
Richmond, CA 94804

Phone:

(510) 232-5050

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