The Richmond Museum of History is a little known jewel and the most significant local history museum in the East Bay. The museum is housed in a Carnegie Library built in 1910 that boasts a permanent exhibit gallery and also the Seaver Gallery, a space for temporary exhibits and special events. The Museum draws from their extensive permanent collection of historically significant objects and documents to stage exhibits and host educational programs for the benefit of the public. The Richmond Museum of History has had a presence in the Iron Triangle for sixty years and we are proud to be cornerstone of the community.
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EXHIBITION ARCHIVE (2015 thru 2017)
12/19/2016 @ 4:00 pm - 12/20/2016 @ 3:59 pm PST
Accessories, Accessories, Accessories! August 7, 2016 – December 23, 2016
Accessories, Accessories, Accessories! will showcase the Museum’s extensive collection of fashion accessories from throughout the 20th Century. Carefully selected artifacts such as hats, shoes, and jewelry worn by working class men and women of Richmond will be displayed for the enjoyment and education of the public. Photographs showing people wearing similar accessories will be displayed and provide historical context for the artifacts.
The museum will host a free reception on Sunday August 7 to open the new exhibit Accessories, Accessories, Accessories! August 7th is also Richmond Day commemorating the incorporation of the city in 1905, so join us and celebrate Richmond! The theme of the reception is Bouquets, Big Hats, and Bow Ties, so everyone is invited to dress to impress and wear their best accessories. Enjoy fresh cut flower arrangements from local florists in the permanent exhibit and stroll through the museum’s Historical Monument & Rose Garden, which will be in full bloom! Don’t miss the group photograph to be taken on the Museum steps at 2:00PM to mark the occasion.
The Seaver Gallery has hosted temporary exhibits on a variety of Richmond related subjects including Dorothea Lange photos (2011), the Richmond Refinery (Fall 2012), local Semi-Pro baseball (Spring 2013), the restoration of the SS Red Oak Victory (Fall 2013), Volunteerism aboard the Red Oak Victory (Winter 2014), modern art Quilts based on the WWII Home Front experience (summer 2014), and the Richmond Fire Department (Fall 2014).
Richmond & the Legacy of the Black Panther Party (January 23 – March 19, 2016)
The Black Panther Party for Self Defense became active in North Richmond soon after the founding of the party. In April 1967, the shooting of a young man by Contra Costa County Sheriff Department drew the Black Panther Party to demonstrations in Richmond for the next several years. The exhibit will tell the story of the Black Panther Party in Richmond using newspapers and photographs.
Music: A Reflection of Richmond (July through September 2015)
The exhibit presents visual survey of music through time in Richmond from the Native American period, through the Blues Clubs in North Richmond, to the free music festivals of today. The show includes artifacts such as musical instruments, sheet music, accessories from orchestra, ephemera from musical events at the WWII shipyards, newspaper clipping and photographs from the museum and personal family collections.
Richmond Day at Panama Pacific International Exposition (July through Dec 2015)
Celebrate the centennial of the PPIE with a mini exhibit of expo related artifacts from the museum’s permanent collection. The show features artifacts such as postcards, souvenir books, ribbons, textiles and a medal made by Shreve & Company commemorating Richmond Day on August 7, 1915.
Shrimping on the Bay: A View from Richmond (March 21 – May 21, 2015)
On March 21, 2015 a new temporary exhibit will open celebrating the Chinese shrimping villages on the San Francisco Bay with a focus on the shrimp camps in Richmond. The exhibit will use a combination of photographs, archaeological collections, oral history and family recollections to tell the story of the Chinese shrimpers in Richmond. The show will include artifacts related to historic shrimp camps on the Richmond Bayfront that were recovered from an archaeological excavation that took place in 2008 and have never before been on display to the public. The exhibit will be open until Sunday May 24, 2015 and is free with general museum admission. Museum admission is $5 for adults, $3 for seniors/students, kids under 12 are free with paying adult and members are always free.
In conjunction with the exhibit, Mr. Calvin Fong will speak at 2 PM on Saturday April 11, 2015 about his father’s experience owning the Fong Wan Shrimp Camp business in Richmond during the 1930s-1940s. Fong Wan was a Chinese immigrant and successful entrepreneur in Oakland who established a shrimp camp and shop in Richmond. Calvin Fong has devoted considerable time and energy researching his father’s business and his research reveals an interesting picture of Chinese shrimping in Richmond. The program is free with general museum admission. Click here to view Herb Lore (1936) by Fong Wan on the internet archive.
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Explore Richmond's Storied Past
Current Exhibition in the Seaver Gallery
“How World War I Changed Richmond”
On view March 11, 2017 – June 30, 2017
The exhibit features dozens of World War I related artifacts with connections to Richmond, California. Many artifacts have been in the Museum collection over fifty years and will be on display for the first time. The exhibit commemorates the centennial of the United States involvement in the Great War and is unique in the San Francisco Bay Area. The stories of Richmond residents from all walks of life who were involved in World War I both at home and on the front.