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Looking to learn more about the WWII Home Front? Start by clicking here.

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Operating Hours

The Visitor Education Center hours and operations can be found here.

Directions and Maps
Directions and Maps

Need directions to the Visitor Education Center or other areas of interest from the Home Front?

Front of visitor center. Brick building with entrance door and park sign.
Visitor Education Center for Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park.

NPS photo, Luther Bailey.

Rosie the Riveter Visitor Education Center

New to the Park? Start Your Visit Here!

The Visitor Education Center for the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park is located at 1414 Harbour Way South in Richmond, California, at the Ford Assembly Plant complex.

Plan on staying at least one to two hours to enjoy the interactive exhibits and to watch one of several orientation films that are shown in our theater. Rangers and docents are always available to answer any questions. You can pick up a free driving map which will help to guide you to the various locations listed on this page.

Historic Oil House - Home of the Visitor Education Center

The remodeled Oil House sits on the edge of San Francisco Bay adjacent to the Craneway. Its fuel once powered assembly lines for Ford automobiles, and later WWII assembly of jeeps and tanks. As part of the development of Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park, the Oil House was renovated to become the home for the park’s visitor education center in 2012.

Three iPhones with the NPS app on the screens.
iPhone image of the official NPS App.

NPS photo.

Self-Guided NPS App Tours

We suggest that your first stop is always at the Rosie the Riveter Visitor Education Center. However, if you want to explore the city of Richmond and the various historic sites that are part of the park and WWII history, we have created some self-guided audio and navigation-based tours that can be accessed through the official NPS app. Please know that these NPS app programs are new and that we will do our best to improve them as we work with the public. If you run into any issues with the app or navigation of the audio tours, please contact us with feedback. Many of the historic sites and buildings on these tours can only be viewed from the outside. Some require reservations or are privately owned.

Step-By-Step NPS App Guide
We've created this Access Detailed Guide for those who are not familiar with the NPS app.


Explore Historic WWII Sites and Places of Interest in Richmond

Exploring Richmond is a wonderful way of seeing many of the historic sites that were a part of the WWII Home Front. Most of these sites are part of a self-guided tour. It is important to know that not all buildings and locations are fully accessible to the public. Many can only be viewed from the outside due to their historic condition, locations or private ownership. Some sites require reservations. Please always be safety-minded and respectful of property when exporing this historic city. These locations are significant to the history of the city and WWII home front history. If you have a question about a specific site, you can contact the Visitor Education Center at 510-232-5050 ext. 0.

Large brick entrance sign and large brick building.
Entrance to the historic Ford Assembly Plant and the Visitor Education Center for the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park.

NPS photo, Luther Bailey.

Ford Assembly Plant

Access: Explore on the outside and waterfront. Please be mindful of businesses.
Location: 1414 Harbour Way South, Richmond, California.

Out of the three wartime tank depots in the United States, the Ford Assembly Building is the only surviving structure.

The Ford Motor Company Assembly Plant in Richmond, California, was the largest assembly plant to be built on the West Coast and its conversion to wartime production during World War II aided the Nation's war effort.

The 500,000-square-foot Ford Assembly Building was built in 1931 to produce the new Ford Model A. The factory was a major stimulant to the local and regional economy during the Great Depression and was an important development in Richmond's inner harbor and port plan. Ford became Richmond's third largest employer, behind Standard Oil and the Santa Fe Railroad. It is also an outstanding example of 20th-century industrial architecture designed by architect Albert Kahn, known for his "daylight factory" design, which employed extensive window openings that became his trademark. The main building is comprised of a two-story section, a single-story section, a craneway, a boiler house and a shed canopy structure over the railroad track.

To ensure that America prepared for total war by mobilizing all the industrial might of the United States, President Franklin D. Roosevelt banned the production of civilian automobiles during WWII. The Richmond Ford Assembly Plant switched to assembling jeeps and to putting the finishing touches on tanks, half-tracked armored personnel carriers, armored cars and other military vehicles destined for the Pacific Theater. By July of 1942, military combat vehicles began flowing into the Richmond Ford plant to get final processing before being transported out the deep-water channel to the war zones.

The Ford Assembly Plant assembled 49,000 jeeps, but it's "claim to fame" was becoming one of only three tank depots in the entire United States. Every combat vehicle used in WWII was processed by one of these three depots. Here the finishing touches were put on 91,000 tanks, half-tracks, armored cars, and other military vehicles destined for combat. This Assembly Plant was one cog in that mobilization of the "Arsenal of Democracy" and a historical part of what is today's industrial culture of the United States.

The "Richmond Tank Depot" as the Ford plant was then called, helped keep American fighting men supplied with up-to-the-minute improvements in their battle equipment. In mobilizing the wartime production effort to its full potential, Federal military authorities and private industry began to work closely together on a scale never seen before in American history. This laid the groundwork for what became known as the "Military Industrial Complex" during the Cold War years. This Assembly Plant was one cog in the mobilization of the "Arsenal of Democracy" and a historic part of what is today's industrial culture of the United States.

After the war, the devastation to the local economy as a result of the closing of the Kaiser shipyards would have been crippling had it not been for the continued production of the Ford Plant. The last Ford was assembled in February 1953, with the plant being closed in 1956 because of the inability to accommodate increased productivity demands. In 1989, the Loma Prieta earthquake severely damaged the plant.

The City of Richmond repaired and prepared the Ford Assembly Plant for use. Title to the building was then passed to Orton Development and most of the building is now leased to various businesses. Currently, the building has a new owner.

close up of abstract metal art structure for the memorial. Structure houses historic photos of shipyard workers.
Part of the Rosie the Riveter Memorial.

NPS photo, Luther Bailey.

Rosie the Riveter Memorial

Access: Explore the park and memorial structure
Location: Marina Bay Park, Richmond, CA.

The Rosie the Riveter Memorial began as a public art project for the City of Richmond in the 1990's. During the creation of the memorial, the National Park Service was invited to participate, and this partnership led to the founding of the National Park in Richmond, California.

Designed by visual artist Susan Schwartzenberg and landscape architect/environmental sculptor Cheryl Barton, the Rosie the Riveter Memorial: Honoring American Women's Labor During WWII is the first in the nation to honor and describe this important chapter of American history. Chairwoman Donna Powers led the campaign to establish the Memorial and the sculpture was commissioned by the City of Richmond and the Richmond Redevelopment Agency.

The principal component is a walkway, the length of a ship's keel, which slopes toward the San Francisco Bay and aligns with the Golden Gate Bridge. The path is inscribed with a timeline about the home front and quotes from women workers sandblasted into white granite. Sculptural elements of stainless steel encountered on the walkway are drawn from ship's blueprints and suggest the unfinished forms of hull, stack and stern under construction. Two gardens - one of rockrose and one of dune grass - occupy the location of the ship's fore and aft hatches. Porcelain enamel panels on the hull and stack reproduce memorabilia and letters gathered from former shipyard workers during the course of the Memorial project, along with photographs of women at work in jobs across the nation.

The panels, quotes and timeline illustrate the complex opportunities, challenges and hardships faced by women during the war years, including gender discrimination, hazardous working conditions, food rationing, and shortages of housing and childcare.

Donna Powers was inspired to create the Memorial by two women in her family. Her mother-in-law Ruth Powers was a teacher at the Richmond shipyards daycare centers and her great aunt Clarissa Hicks was a riveter at Douglas Aircraft in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Their wonderful stories led her to ask other women around Richmond what their jobs and lives were like during WWII, and the project grew under the leadership of historian and cultural planner Donna Graves.

Illustrated map showing the original locations of the shipyards and working areas in Richmond, California. Shipyards 1-4.
Historic map that shows the locations of the four Richmond shipyards.


Explore Richmond Shipyard No. 3

Access: Explore by car and foot. Buildings are viewable from the outside only
Parking: Free, next to the SS Red Oak Victory Ship

During WWII, there were 14 huge shipyards around the San Francisco bay, in 6 locations. Among other things, these yards produced nearly half the cargo ships used during WWII.

Richmond shipyards built 747 ships, including 519 Liberty Ships, which represented almost a quarter of the total U.S. Liberty Ship production. New methods of ship construction were developed and perfected in these shipyards, including prefabrication and intense labor specialization, which allowed the production of new vessels at a record pace.

The Richmond Shipyard complex consisted of four yards constructed for the Henry J. Kaiser company in 1941 and 1942. The Kaiser Richmond Shipyards were immense, covering around 880 acres, and became the largest wartime shipyards on the West Coast. They were also the town's biggest employer, recruiting thousands of workers from across the country.

As you drive to the SS Red Oak Victory, you will see the remaining historic buildings of WWII Shipyard No. 3. These include the cafeteria, first aid station, forge, machine shop, warehouse and paint shop. You will be able to also get a glimpse of the 5 dry docks where the ships were assembled. Henry Kaiser applied mass assembly line techniques to buildings the ships. This production line technique, bringing pre-made parts together and moving them into place with huge cranes and having them welded together by "Rosies" allowed unskilled laborers to do repetitive jobs requiring relatively little training to accomplish. This not only increased the speed of construction but also opened up jobs to women and people of color. Shipyard No. 3 is one of the locations where this concept of new opportunities thrived.

Large historic ship tied up at waterfront.
SS Red Oak Victory Ship. The Ship is currently in a dry dock, in a different orientation than depicted in the photo.

NPS photo, Luther Bailey.

SS Red Oak Victory Ship

Access: Explore inside the ship on Sundays. Summer hours are 10am-4pm. Winter hours are 10am-3pm. Viewable from outside on other days.
Location: Richmond Shipyard No. 3
Managed by: The Richmond Museum Association.

The SS Red Oak Victory is the last surviving ship built in the Kaiser Shipyards, and is owned by the non-profit Richmond Museum Association. Today, the Red Oak Victory remains a monument to the men and women who worked in war related industries as part of the World War II Home Front. In 1998, the ship was saved from the Naval Reserve Fleet in Suisun Bay by a courageous group of men and women and has been under restoration since that time. When visiting, take the time to talk to the volunteers on boards the ship. If you are lucky enough to find one who actually served on Merchant Marine vessels during the war, find out what that life was like - ask them how they felt to be on board ships built by women.


Chronology of SS Red Oak Victory Ship

Large historic crane arm and cage set against the sky.
Whirley Crane at Shipyard No. 3.

NPS photo/Luther Bailey

Whirley Crane

Access: Explore from the outside only.
Location: Richmond Shipyard No. 3. Next to the SS Red Oak Victory.

Boom Length -- 110 feet
Weight -- 229,000 lbs.
Lifting Capacity -- 166,000 lbs.
Original Cost -- $32,000

The Whirley Crane, named for its ability to turn 360 degrees, currently sits next to the SS Red Oak Victory ship. At a weight of close to 230 thousand pounds, this crane is the only one left of dozens that were used to help build ships at record speed. The scale of it, is enormous, like a revolving boxcar sitting on massive legs as tall as a 10-story building. Whirley cranes were used to move very large and heavy components from place to place in the shipyard. The cranes could work alone or in unison and could manage enormous amounts of steel while lifting and moving large, prefabricated components into place during the assembly of ships. A single Whirley crane could lift up to 166 thousand pounds, alone.

Built by Clyde Iron Works of Duluth, Minnesota in 1935. It was first used to build Grand Coulee Dam in Washington state, the second phase of which was done by a consortium of companies led by industrialist Henry J. Kaiser. In 1941, the crane was shipped by barge down the Columbia River and down the coast to Todd California Shipbuilding in Richmond, which later became Shipyard No 1 of Kaiser’s Richmond shipbuilding enterprise. In this location, it and dozens of others like it dominated the skyline of Richmond’s southern waterfront.

Historic Cafeteria building with wayfindig sign outside.
Historic Cafeteria building from WWII Richmond Shipyard No. 3.

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Historic Shipyard Cafeteria

Access: Explore from the outside only. Not an active business.
Location: Richmond Shipyard No. 3

During the war, this cafeteria was open 24 hours a day, as a place for home front workers to come to eat and socialize before or after their shipyard work shifts. Physicians and shipyard managers believed that better nutrition would bring about increased productivity through healthier workers and higher staff morale.

Initially, the cafeteria was only available to officials, supervisors, and management, regulating who could eat there based on rank and position. Lunch stands were available to shift employees, but most workers brought their own lunches to work with them.

The cafeteria that once served the workers is still intact today. The wood-frame building is an excellent example of the International Style of architecture used for most Kaiser buildings in Richmond.

Historic photo of large weathered industrial warehouse building.
The historic Machine Shop in Shipyard No. 3. Richmond, California.

Jet Lowe, Library of Congress.

Machine Shop

Access: Explore from the outside
Location: Richmond Shipyard No. 3

The machine shop is part of several outfitting buildings. Propellers and propulsion machinery were assembled, cleaned, and polished there. The machine shop housed the most modern tools and equipment of the day, including a lathe that could turn sections of steel fifty feet in length. Traces of the original equipment and “jig patterns” remain throughout the building to this day.

Large warehouse building sitting next to dock. Seen from boat.
General Warehouse

NPS Photo/Luther Bailey

General Warehouse

Access: Explore from the outside
Location: Richmond Shipyard No. 3

The general warehouse is a four-story building from which ships received their finishing touches: blankets, mops, brooms and all the other individual pieces of furnishings and equipment needed to completely fit out a self-contained floating vessel.

Historic warehouse building sitting on concrete dock. Crane can be seen in the background.
Sheet metal shop, Riggers loft, and Paint shop.

NPS photo/Luther Bailey

Sheet Metal Shop, Riggers Loft, and Paint Shop

Access: Explore from outside. Active businesses.
Location: Richmond Shipyard No. 3

This single-story building was built between 1941 and 1942, as part of Richmond Shipyard No. 3. The building was divided into three areas and used as a riggers loft, paint shop, and sheet metal shop. It served as a venue for assembling prefabricated ship parts.This historic building that once played a vital role in building the Liberty and Victory ships of World War II is now a working winery and cidery.

Historic black and white photo of single story building from 1940's.
Historic image of the First Aid station in Shipyard No.3.

Library of Congress. Photo by Jet Lowe.

First Aid Station

Access: Partially visible due to its current location behind secured fences.
Location: Richmond Shipyard No. 3

This medical facility was used for treating minor injuries and ailments of shipyard workers. It served as the first tier of a pre-paid, three-part system developed by Kaiser Permanente for the benefit of shipyard workers. The system survived after WWII, thanks in part to continued participation by members of the International Longshore Workers Union (ILWU).

An NPS sign in front of a two store building with surrounding trees.
Maritime Child Development Center

NPS photo/Luther Bailey

Maritime Child Development Center

Access: Active businesses and school. Currently outside only. Will resume historic classroom tours, soon.
1014 Florida Ave, Richmond, CA.

In addition to health care, Henry J. Kaiser provided child care for families working in his four Richmond shipyards during WWII. The child care centers he built with funding provided by the United States Maritime Commission incorporated progressive educational programming, and innovative curriculum and services including art classes, well-balanced hot meals, health care, and family counseling.

One of the largest facilities in Richmond was the Maritime Child Development Center, opened in 1943. Completely restored and reopened as a multi-use building in 2011, today it houses a small exhibit by the National Park Service of a wartime preschool classroom. On regularly scheduled guided tours, visitors have the opportunity to explore the vital role of federally funded childcare in bringing women into the WWII work force.

Historic photos of multiple two-story housing buildings. Sidewalk leads to building.
Historic photo of some of the houses in Atchison Village.

Library of Congress

Atchison Village

Access: Active housing area that can be driven through. There are no tours. Please be mindful of residents, property and laws.
Location: Can be entered through various locations. Driving in from Macdonald Ave onto Curry St. is a typical starting point.

The opportunities in Richmond lead to an immediate growth in population. This lead to an intense strain on city infrastructure. One of these strains was lack of housing. Workers arriving in these rapidly expanding urban centers were forced to find what they could. In response to the need, government and industry combined to construct communities all over the nation that included housing, schools, fire/police stations, childcare facilities, and other amenities. Atchison Village was one of them. Today, Atchison Village is a collection of privately owned houses managed by cooperative of the homeowners. While most of the dormitories and other low-income house of WWII is gone, Atchison Village, built as permanent housing, remains.

Historic photo of a one-story home in Nystrom Village. Trees and sidewalk seen.
Historic photo of a typical home in Nystrom Village.

Jet Lowe, Library of Congress. HAER CA-326-O

Nystrom Village

Access: Active. housing area. Currently no buildings to enter. Please be respectful of residents and property as you safely drive through the housing area.
Location: Nystrom Village is situated on Maine, Virginia and Florida Avenues between 13th and 16th streets.

Nystrom Village is situated on Maine, Virginia and Florida Avenues between 13th and 16th streets, with 51 single-story duplexes arranged around central open spaces. It shares many design attributes with Atchison Village, the only other surviving defense housing project in the area. Today, the complex of one-, two-, and three-bedroom units is largely intact and is administered as low-income housing by the Richmond Housing Authority. Future plans for the park include refitting one of the houses as an exhibit on daily war-time home life that will eventually be open to visitors.

Entry area of a two-story school building with steps and windows.
Modern photo of a Nystrom school building.

NPS photo/Luther Bailey

Nystrom School

Access: Generally an active school. Seen from outside only. Please be respectful of property. Please do not photograph when children are present.
Location: Located at 230 Harbour Way South, Richmond, California.

Nystrom School, along with Pullman, Lincoln, and Stege Schools, were overcrowded during WWII because of their proximity to the defense housing projects and the large proportion of new students who lived there. With construction, Nystrom was able to triple the number of classrooms. Because funding was unavailable for construction of new classrooms in other facilities, Richmond schools held double and even triple daily sessions. The construction of only sixty additional rooms by 1944 led the average elementary school enrollment to rise to sixty-seven children per classroom.

Metal sign depicting historic photos and text about Richmond.
One of the five Macdonald Avenue landmarks.

Photo: Ellen Gailing

Macdonald Avenue

Access: Macdonald Avenue is the main business street of Richmond. There are multiple shops and businesses. Visitors may explore on their own.
Location: Macdonald Avenue, Richmond, CA. Businesses run from around 1st through 43rd street, with the main downtown area being approximately between 1st and 27th.

This main street of Richmond was an important certral location for shops, businesses and entertainment spots for home front workers. Imagine large crowds of people, 24 hours a day, being part of this thriving scene.

Today, Macdonald Avenue still is a very important part of the City of Richmond and it's growing and thriving community. Visitors may take a drive along the street to see how things have changed since the WWII "Boom Town" days.

The Macdonald Landmarks are a series of sculptural interpretive markers designed to share the history of Macdonald Avenue—Richmond’s historic “Main Street.” The five markers describe the Avenue’s many evolutions, including its important role as the heart of the city during World War II, when Richmond was home to the nation’s largest shipbuilding effort. These and the Bay Trail markers were developed by historian Donna Graves with designers Mayer/Reed.

One story building with three garage doors. Flag out front.
Richmond Fire Station.

NPS photo/Luther Bailey

Richmond Fire Station

Acccess: Working fire station. View from outside only.
Location: 1131 Cutting Blvd, Richmond, California.

The original Richmond Fire Station 67, also known as Fire Station 7 located at 1131 Cutting Boulevard, was built by the City of Richmond to serve the Richmond Kaiser Shipyards. It remains as an architectural reminder of the emergency support activities that took place at the Kaiser Shipyards during the war. The historic structure has been modernized and is currently in use by the Richmond Fire Department.

Historic photo of a single story building.
Historic Kaiser Field Hospital, 1943.

Kaiser Permanente Heritage Resources.

Historic Kaiser Field Hospital

Access: This building is privately owned and uninhabited. It can be viewed from the outside, only.
Location: 1330 cutting Blvd. Richmond, California

More American workers died in Home Front accidents than US soldiers killed on WWII battlefields. This was true up to the invasion of Normandy in June of 1944. Henry J. Kaiser realized that only a healthy work force could meet the deadlines and construction needs of wartime America. He instituted a revolutionary idea, pre-paid medical care of workers, which soon expanded beyond workers. For many workers, this was the first time they had seen a doctor. Today, pre-paid medical care is central to American culture –it is a legacy of the WWII Home Front. The Kaiser Hospital is where many of these medical services originated.

The Field Hospital at this location opened with only ten beds. Later additions increased its capacity to 160 beds by 1944. It was the second tier of emergency treatment for those injured at the yards, with the first tier being a clinic on-site that administered first aid. If the patient needed serious care, he or she was taken to the Kaiser Hospital in Oakland. It operated as a Kaiser Permanente hospital until closing in 1995. The building still exists and is privately owned.

Temporary entrance sign and park concrete path. Green growth.
Miraflores Sustainable Greenbelt

Photo: Annamarie Morel

Japanese American Nurseries

Over one dozen nurseries owned by Japanese American families flourished in Richmond from the 1910’s until the forced relocation and incarceration of their community in 1942.This area (bounded roughly by Cutting Boulevard, 45th Street, San Pablo, and the Santa Fe Railroad) held the most intense concentration of Japanese American families and their nurseries, which specialized in growing carnations, roses, and other cut flowers, primarily for the wholesale market.

After Japanese Americans were forced to leave behind their homes and businesses in Richmond and incarcerated, many of their nurseries in were vandalized and fell into disrepair. A few, such as the Ninomiya’s in North Richmond, found friends or neighbors who cared for their nurseries on their behalf while they were imprisoned.

However, a comparatively high percentage of the original owners were able to return and revive their nursery businesses in Richmond. After reclaiming their businesses, the Oishi and Sakai nurseries were operated by members of the original families until the properties were sold ca. 2006.

This area has been redeveloped as housing and a park, featuring a handful of historic nursery buildings that were relocated and have been restored for adaptive reuse. The development, called “ Miraflores,” holds a series of interpretive elements that tell the story of the nursery families and other aspects of community history.

A large building with front door, sidewalk and two palm tree at entrance door.
Filice and Perrelli Cannery

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Filice and Perrelli Cannery

Access: Currently an operating business. No inside tours. Visible from outside only.
Location: 1200 Harbour Way S, Richmond, CA 94804

Opened in 1930, this cannery “barely made it through” the Great Depression, according to its founder Joseph Perrelli. World War II brought new contracts to supply tomatoes and fruits to the military and allowed the cannery to hire 1,200 workers during peak season.However, many cannery workers were Italian, like its founders, and were affected by the new law designating Richmond a “defense prohibited zone.” As a result, many community elders lacked U.S. citizenship and were forced to move away from Richmond. The company’s building still stands on Harbour Way.

Bay Trail sideway, grass and concrete scupltures.
Lucretia Edwards Park, on the Richmond Bay Trail.

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Lucretia Edwards Shoreline Park

Access: Open park location.
Location: This site can be reached by walking a few minutes down the Bay Trail path, from the Rosie visitor center.

Named for a local champion of open spaces, the park commemorates the other San Francisco Bay Area Shipyards. Explore and you will find exhibits that will show you were the other shipyards in the Bay Area are located. This park is a .01 mile walk from the Rosie the Riveter Visitor Education Center.

This two-acre park honors Lucretia Edwards, a champion of open space and open shorelines. It also memorializes the wartime contributions made by the Bay Area Shipyards during World War II. Cast boot prints point visitors toward the locations of additional WWII shipyards that ringed the Bay.

Surrounding a granite map of the Bay Area at the center of the plaza are three shadow figures, two adults and one child, by artist Wang Po Shu. The two adult figures represent liberty and victory and are inscribed with historical definitions of these concepts. The infant figure, left blank, is a representation of the possibilities of the future.

In the 1960s, local residents looked for ways to regain the shoreline that had been lost to shipbuilding and other industries. A Point Richmond resident named Lucretia Edwards thought it was “ridiculous” that the public had access to only 67 feet of Richmond’s 32 mile shoreline!

"I was enraged by what I saw.” You hardly knew that the Bay was there." - Lucretia Edwards

Lucretia Edwards dedicated her later years to the fight for open access to the city’s scenic waterfront. She worked with others to convert some of the industrial waterfront into public parks. Today, more than 25 miles of the city shoreline have been added to the SF Bay Trail. Lucretia Edwards Shoreline Park honors her successful efforts to restore public access to the shore.

“We live in stressful times. Relief from stress of mind, body and spirit comes from beauty. We, users of shoreline parks on the beautiful SF Bay, are grateful for the peace, happiness and respite from stress that they bring.

- Lucretia Edwards

Park pathways surrounded by sand and grass. Bay is visible.
Barbara and Jay Vincent Park.

Photo: Annamarie Morel

Barbara and Jay Vincent Park

Access: Open park. Observe posted park hours.

This park sits on a breakwater in front of Marina Bay that was originally constructed for Kaiser Richmond Shipyard No. 2. It is home to a monument that interprets World War II experiences of shipyard workers. Tremendous views of the Ford Assembly Plant and Shipyard No. 3.

The park is dedicated to Barbara Vincent and her husband Jay who campaigned for public access to 33 miles of Richmond’s shoreline primarily owned by private industry in the 1950s. Together they spearheaded the creation of many coastal access points, including Point Isabel, Point Pinole, and the Bay Trail.The park site once was part of Kaiser Shipyard No. 2 and is now home to the Liberty Ship Monument describing WWII shipyard worker experiences.

Stone pathway leads to three stones. Bay view in distance.
Shimada Friendship (Peace) Park

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Shimada Friendship (Peace) Park

Access: Open park. Observe posted park hours.

Located along the shoreline and forming the eastern end of the national historical park, this three-acre peace park commemorates the sister city relationship established in 1961 between the City of Richmond and Shimada, Japan.


Richmond Marina Bay Trail

The San Francisco Bay Trail weaves along the edge of the national historical park on the Richmond waterfront. Eight interpretive markers shaped like ship’s prows tell various stories of the World War II home front that expand on the histories presented at the Rosie the Riveter Memorial.

The Bay Trail extends for many miles around the Bay but is a great way to get a nice walk or bike ride between the Rosie the Riveter Visitor Education Center, Lucretia W. Edwards Park, and the Rosie the Riveter Memorial.

Learn more about the Richmond Marina Bay Trail.


Richmond Museum of History

The Richmond Museum of History is a little known jewel and the most significant local history museum in the East Bay. The museum is housed in a Carnegie Library built in 1905 that boasts a permanent exhibit gallery and also the Seaver Gallery, a space for temporary exhibits and special events. The Museum draws from their extensive permanent collection of historically significant objects and documents to stage exhibits and host educational programs for the benefit of the public.

For more information: Richmond Museum of History


Sheridan Observation Point Park

Looking across the channel from Sheridan Observation Point at the foot of Harbour Way South, you can see some of the buildings of Henry J. Kaiser's Richmond Shipyard Number Three.


Last updated: January 3, 2024

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