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Permanent Collection


The Richmond Museum of History owns a vast collection of books, periodicals, ephemera, photographs, maps and artifacts related to Richmond history. The public is invited to conduct research on a range of subjects including genealogy, early Richmond industry, railroads, WWII Home Front, and much more. We welcome volunteers of all ages and skill levels to help care for and inventory the permanent collection! Learn more on the Museum’s VolunteerMatch page.

Below is just a selection of the many artifacts and documents that comprise the permanent collection of the Richmond Museum of History. All materials are available to the public during open hours. Click the link for a finding guide that includes a list of items in each collection. The research room is open during normal hours of operation.

If you wish to conduct research in the collection, you are encouraged to call 510-235-7387 to make discuss your project and make an appointment.


The largest and most impressive artifact in the Museum’s collection is the SS Red Oak Victory ship! Located in historic Shipyard #3, the ship is a floating museum dedicated to the accomplishments of the people who worked in the World War II Home Front. The ship hosts a lively events program including monthly pancake breakfasts from April – October, the Home Front Film Festival, and much more.  The ship is open four days per week for self guided or docent led tours.

Open Tues, Thurs, Sat & Sun 10-4 PM | $10 Boarding Fee

1337 Canal Blvd. Richmond, CA 94806 | Questions? Please call (510) 237-2933

Do you have an artifact or photograph that belongs in our collection? Please call 510-235-7387 or email info@richmondmuseum.org to discuss a donation. Please note due to limitations on space we restrict acquisitions to historically significant materials specific to the City of Richmond and the surrounding region.