Park Sites Beyond the Visitor Center
The Richmond Home Front provides a number of historic places to drive by, view or visit. Click the image for points of interest.
Pre-Visit Audio Programs
Want to learn more about the park and WWII History before you visit us? Enjoy these free audio programs to enhance your experience.
Self-Guided App Tours - Richmond
Want to explore the WWII Home Front sites of Richmond? Use the official NPS app for GPS and audio programs.
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 National Park was established in 2000.
Rosie the Riveter 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. Enjoy some pre-visit audio programs to enhance your park experience.
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. After you have spent time enjoying the exhibits and park films at the visitor center, you can begin to explore the city. We have several ways to help you on your journey. You can use the official NPS app for an audio and GPS-based experience, you can look through the Places to Go page and gather information on a specific site, or even pick up a modified tour map at the visitor center. The NPS app provides the most comprehensive guide.
Already stopped at the Visitor Center and want to explore now?
See the more than 20 historic sites and places of interest. Visit the Places to Go page
Park Programs and Films
Enjoy free ranger, docent and guest speaker programs at the Visitor Education Center. Visitors may see all of the listed programs through the Calendar search page . Please note that program times and dates are subject to change.
Meet a real WWII Home Front worker
Park films are played in our theater, throughout the day on the hour and half-hour. All are free to the public and announced by our staff before they start. Occasionally, we offer alternative showings of films. Titles and times are listed on our presentation board by the front desk. Occasionally, there are docent or staff presentations before films, in order to provide a more comprehensive introduction.
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.
Richmond WWII Home Front Highlights
There are currently over 20 sites that can be visited around the city of Richmond. Many of these sites are part of the WWII Home Front history and part of the interpretive history of this national park. We do not own any of these site but work closely with partners, including the city of Richmond. The Rosie the Riveter Memorial and the SS Red Oak Victory ship are examples of two of the locations where we encourage you to visit. If you'd like to explore more of the home front sites in, then please check out the Places to Go page.
Rosie the Riveter Memorial: Honoring American Women's Labor During WWII
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 SS Red Oak Victory Ship
Management by the Richmond Musuem Association
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