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.
The Visitor Education Center hours and operations can be found here.
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.
Visitor Education Center
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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.
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Ranger and Docent Programs
Calendar of Programs and Events
Meet a real WWII Home Front worker
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.
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 www.redoakvictory.us. For questions, contact the ship at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last updated: April 26, 2023