Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park

Overview

The World War II Home Front is a significant chapter in American history. Fully engaged in winning World War II, American women, minorities, and men worked toward a common goal in a manner that has been unequaled since. Women affectionately known as "Rosies" helped change industry and had sweeping and lasting impacts. Richmond, California played a significant and nationally recognized part in the World War II Home Front. The four Richmond shipyards, with their combined 27 shipways, produced 747 ships, more than any other shipyard complex in the country. Richmond was home to 56 different war industries, more than any other city of its size in the United States. The city grew nearly overnight from 24,000 people to 100,000 people, overwhelming the available housing stock, roads, schools, businesses and community services.

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. The Richmond Museum of History Association is in the process of restoring the last remaining Victory Ship that was created in the Richmond Kaiser Shipyards. You can watch the volunteers at work and explore this important part of American World War II history.

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Seasonality / Weather

The Rosie the Riveter Memorial in Marina Bay Park is open year round, dawn to dusk, as are the other city parks within the National Park's boundaries.

Directions

Driving: 

The Rosie the Riveter Memorial is located in Marina Bay Park.

Sacramento - Interstate 80 West to Cutting Blvd., exit towards I-580 San Rafael. Take Cutting Blvd. 1.4 miles. Turn left onto S. 23rd. St. .2 miles. Stay straight to go onto Marina Bay Pkwy. From Marina Bay Pkwy south, turn right at Regatta and left at Melville into the parking lot of Marina Bay Park.

San Francisco - Interstate 80 Bay Bridge East, 11 miles. Exit to I-580 W towards Richmond/San Rafael, .3 miles. Exit Marina Bay/S. 23rd S. exit. Turn left onto Marina Bay Prky, go .5 miles. Turn right onto Regatta. Turn left at Melville into the parking lot of Marina Bay Park.

Oakland - Interstate 80 East, 8 miles. Exit to I-580 W towards Richmond/San Rafael, .3 miles. Exit Marina Bay/S. 23rd Se. exit. Turn left, .5 miles. Turn right onto Regatta. Turn left at Melville into the parking lot of Marina Bay Park.

Flying: 

Oakland Internartional Airport San Jose International Airport San Francisco International Airport.