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Due to the Contra Costa County Health Services Shelter-in-Place order, Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park is closed. 

1414 Harbour Way South, Suite #3000 (Oil House) Richmond, CA 94804

Open daily: 10am-5pm | (510) 232-5050 x0
(Closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years Day) 

  • Visit the RORI website for up-to-date event and tour schedules:
  • Call the Visitor Center to confirm for special programs: (510) 232-5050 x0
  • NEW--FOR ALL BETTY REID SOSKIN PROGRAMS: Reservations for seats must be made in advance, by phone. Please call (510) 232-5050 x0. For groups larger than 24 visitors, special arrangements are required. As of September 4th, all Ranger Betty programs have been canceled. Please call the Visitor Center for updates and information. 





The T-Zone – Promoting the Bad Stuff During the War

Time: 2:00 PM (1 hour)

Cigarettes, Liquor, Patent Medicines, Fast Cars with Poor Brakes. All these did nothing to improve the health and safety of Americans during the war. We’ll take look at ads and commercials for the bad stuff!


"Blossoms and Thorns"

Time: 2:00 PM (1 Hour)

A docent from the Japanese American Citizens' League screens the documentary film “Blossoms and Thorns”, about Richmond's pre- and post-war community of flowers and nursery garden owners, and shares from their experiences in a WWII internment camp. 


Rosie Meet and Greet

Time: 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM and 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Most Fridays, a group of civilian WWII docents share their stories in an informal setting at the Visitor Center. Here is your chance to ask the experts—real Rosies from the Kaiser shipyards—about life and work on the WWII American Home Front!


The Life and Times of Henry J. Kaiser

Time: 3:15 PM (1 hour)
Join author Steve Gilford for a presentation about the extraordinary life of ship builder Henry J. Kaiser, an industrialist who was a loyal friend to (organized) labor. 

Rosie Meet and Greet

Time: Drop in between 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM

Come and meet Mary Torres, a Rosie who worked on the home front, every other Saturday. Drop in during the morning to hear stories about Mary’s experience on the WWII Home Front.

Who Was Rosie? 

Time: 2:00 PM (45 Minutes)
“Rosie the Riveter” is one of the most iconic symbols from WWII, with such an important connection to the American home front that she's the namesake of the National Park you're in now. However, our park's most common question, "Who was Rosie?" does not have a simple answer. Together we’ll explore how this icon came to be, how she's changed over time, and how she is still influencing American culture today.

A Second Gold Rush: Migration to California from 1940-45

Time: 2:00 PM (1 hour)

Join UC Berkeley Professor of History Emeritus Thomas Metcalf for a presentation about how the unprecedented migration during WWII created the California we know today.


Tickets Over the Rainbow

Time: 2:00 PM (1 hour)

Before going over the rainbow with the bluebirds, many gay service members received notorious blue discharges during and after WWII. The implicit association with homosexuality created difficulties acquiring jobs and veteran’s benefits. This led to some of the earliest community organizing and activism among gay people, and a major piece of the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement finds roots here. Together we’ll explore legacies more broadly. 

Rosie the Riveter Trust (ID # 94-3335350) — PO Box 71126, Richmond, CA 94807-1126 — (510) 507-2276

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