Things To Do

Places To Go

Places To Go

The Richmond Home Front provides a number of historic places to drive by, view or visit. Click here for a list of points of interest.

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Operating Hours

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

History and Culture

History and Culture

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


Learn About WWII Home Front History

Welcome to Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park. The Visitor Education Center provides educational and interactive exhibits. People of all ages can learn about this important time and place in history and how it impacted our daily lives. This relatively new National Park was established in 2000.

The park staff is currently working with the City of Richmond, Contra Costa County and other park partners to preserve the historic World War II resources in Richmond. Some historic sites are open to the public, while others are only viewable from the outside. Please be sure stop by the Visitor Education Center, first, in order to watch our films, learn about local history and pick up a map that will provide guidance to park sites throughout the city of Richmond, California.

Front of visitor center. Brick building with entrance door and park sign.
Rosie the Riveter Visitor Education Center

NPS Photo/Luther Bailey

Visitor Education Center

New to the Park? Start Your Visit Here:
The park's visitor center is in the historic "Oil House" which is part of the larger Ford Assembly Plant complex. We recommend making the visitor center your first stop. We provide interactive and educational exhibits as well as a variety of park films, which show in our theater on a regular schedule. Entry to the visitor center and the films are free.

Park Visitor Center Address:
1414 Harbour Way South, Suite 3000, in Richmond, California.

Explore the Sites of the Richmond WWII Home Front

Richmond, California is the home to many locations that were part of the WWII Home Front history, in addtion to sites that now pay tribute to those stories. All visitors should stop by the Visitor Education Center before they start to explore the city. At the visitor center, you can obtain a map, gudiance from park staff, enjoy our exhibits, watch one of the several park films and learn more before you explore the city.

Already visited the Visitor Center and want to explore now?

Visit the Places to Go page

Photograph of an exhibit sign that says "Who Was Rosie" .
"Who Was Rosie" exhibit sign.

NPS photo/Luther Bailey

Ranger and Docent Programs

Calendar of Programs and Events
Enjoy free ranger, docent and guest speaker programs at the Visitor Education Center. If you have a large group, please call the visitor center at least a few days in advance to check for available dates. You may also tour the Visitor Education Center on your own, or enjoy our free driving tour brochure which will guide you around the park sites. Visitors may see all of the listed programs through the Calendar search page . Please note that program times and dates are subject to change. You may call the Visitor Education Center for more information: 510-232-5050.

Rosie Fridays

Meet a real WWII Home Front worker
On most Fridays, you can visit with real Home Front workers from WWII. Times are 10:30 and 11:30. To verify schedule, please call the Visitor Education Center at 510-232-5050. Masks are required and the program is Rosie health dependent.

Rows of roses lead up a sideway to the memorial structure.
Rosie the Riveter Memorial.

NPS Photo/Luther Bailey

Rosie the Riveter Memorial

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.

Address: Marina Park - Regatta Blvd., Richmond, CA

Driving Directions:
I-580 Marina Bay Parkway exit south to right on Regatta Blvd., Marina Park is on left.
Walking Directions: The memorial can be reached from the park's visitor center by walking along the Bay Trail. It is about a 1.05-mile distance along a scenic walk.

Red Oak Victory Ship sits next to dock.
SS Red Oak Victory Ship in Richmond, California.

Visit the Red Oak Victory Ship

The SS Red Oak Victory Ship 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.

The SS Red Oak Victory is open to the public on Sundays, 10am- 4pm. (Access to the ship requires negotiating a gangway (stairs), and going up or down other stairs once on board. The ship is not ADA accessible.) For directions, admission fees, special events, and additional information visit For questions, contact the ship at:

A Passport Stamp station is available on the ship.
The station is located on Hold 4 on the starboard side near the exit.

Directions and More Information


Last updated: April 26, 2023

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1414 Harbour Way South, Suite 3000
Richmond, CA 94804


510 232-5050

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