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The Richmond Museum Association preserves the diverse history of the City of Richmond and the surrounding area. Educational programs, interpretive exhibits, a permanent collection of artifacts related to local history, and preservation of historic monuments like the SS Red Oak Victory allow us to bring history to life and connect the past to the present. We strive to inspire the community to further investigate our history while also promoting a sense of pride in our local history.


The RMA was established in order to operate as a history room in the basement of the City of Richmond’s Carnegie Library finished in 1910. The building became a branch library in 1949 after World War II dramatically changed the demography of Richmond and then a children’s library in the 1960s. In the early 1980s, the Carnegie Library underwent an extensive renovation in order to convert the building into a space that was suitable for a local museum. The City of Richmond retains ownership of the Carnegie Library and allows the RMA to operate a museum here.

The SS Red Oak Victory was constructed in the Kaiser Shipyards in Richmond on November 9th, 1944 and carried ammunition to allied ships in the Pacific theater during the final days of World War II. The ship was used by various commercial enterprises after the war, only to be reactivated for cargo missions during the Korean and Vietnam conflicts. In 1969, the ROV was decommissioned for the last time and stricken to languish in the Naval Ghost Fleet in Suisun Bay. When the RMA learned the ROV was to be disassembled for scrap metal in the 1990s, they enlisted the assistance of Congressman George Miller to save it. In the late 1990s, Congress passed an act of legislation to convey ownership of the ship to the RMA and it has been under restoration since that time.I am promo text. Click edit button to change this text. Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.


The mission of the Richmond Museum Association (RMA) is to promote and encourage the study and research of Richmond’s history (including the greater Richmond area) and to disseminate knowledge of that history; to collect, preserve and display historical materials and artifacts of significance to Richmond, and to mark, preserve, and maintain places of historical interest.

The RMA carries out this mission by operating two venues dedicated to local history in the City of Richmond. The Richmond Museum of History is housed in the City’s historic Carnegie Library and is located at 400 Nevin Avenue next to the Nevin Avenue Community Center. The RMA also owns the SS Red Oak Victory, a WWII era Victory ship berthed at the Port of Richmond. Both sites are open several days a week and provide educational programming related to local history.

In 2014, the Richmond Museum Association celebrated its 60th year of preserving Richmond history! RMA was formed in 1954 by a group of forward looking residents intent on preserving local history.

In an effort to become a more effective organization, the membership of the RMA approved updated bylaws on December 6, 2015.