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Hours of Operation

Hours of Operation: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 1-4 PM

Admission: $5 for adults, $3 for seniors/students over 12 (new fee schedule as of January 1, 2015)

Special Admission fee $3 (when applicable)

Kids under 12 are always free

Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult

Physical Address: 400 Nevin Avenue Richmond, CA 94801

Mailing Address: PO BOX 1267 Richmond CA 94802

Directions to the Museum from I-80

Take the Barrett Avenue exit toward San Pablo Avenue

Turn right onto Barrett Ave

Turn left onto 7th St

Continue onto 6th St

Turn right onto Nevin Ave

Public Transport: The museum is accessible via AC Transit but 72 or 76 and is located six blocks west of the Downtown Richmond BART station.

Permanent Exhibit - Ongoing

The Permanent exhibit features numerous photographs, documents, artifacts and more related to the history of Richmond from the prehistoric period, Spanish/Mexican period, early American/Industrialist period, WWII Home Front, Post WWII, and today. Highlights of the permanent exhibit include the first Model A Ford made at the Richmond Ford Assembly Plant, now the popular Craneway Pavilion.

EXHIBITION ARCHIVE (2016 and past years)

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).

Fire in the City! (2014)
Fire in the City! (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.

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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.

PPIE Congressman

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.

shrimping flyer

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.

FW shrimp 1936 Herb Lore
Excerpt from the 1936 pamphlet Herb Lore published by Fong Wan advertising the medicinal benefits of eating shrimp.

Do you know a story from history that should be the topic of an exhibit in the Seaver Gallery? If so, please contact us at info@richmondmuseum.org!


Explore Richmond's Storied Past

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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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.


Make YOUR voice heard in our Exhibit Renovation!

Attention all Richmond History Lovers!

You may have heard we’re working to renovate the Native American Gallery in our permanent exhibit. We’re so honored to be working with a team of Native American Advisors that are guiding the renovation process.

After working with the advisory council and exhibit designers at Scientific Art Studio, we developed a detailed set of plans. You can take a look at the overview below or in hard copy at the Museum.

We envision murals of the natural landscape,that immerses the visitor in the natural world prior to industrial development. There are several interactive stations planned that teach about the Chochenyo language, basket weaving and the Native diet. Artifacts recovered from the shellmound on Brooks Island will illustrate how the Ohlone used natural materials to make tools and body ornaments. Columns will show stratigraphy of the archaeological excavations in the local shellmounds and modern Native voices will

Do you want to learn more about the exhibit renovation process? Do you have comments or ideas you want to share with us about the plans? We’re hosting a free day and community advisory meeting on August 18, 2018 to discuss the plans and learn more about what you think! Can’t join us on August 18th but still want to participate? Feel free to email us at info@richmondmuseum.org.

Thank you for your continued support! We couldn’t do it without you.

The exhibit renovation project is supported by the Coles Family, the Lesher Foundation, the Christensen Fund, Mechanics Bank and California Humanities.

Local Museum Discovers Treasure Trove of Old Photos

For Release August 18, 2018                                                                                                                                                                                                   Contact Melinda McCrary 510-2357387

Local Museum Discovers Treasure Trove of Old Photos

It isn’t every day that you find hidden treasure in your basement but that’s exactly what happened recently at a local museum.

The Richmond Museum of History uncovered 200 glass plate negatives of familiar sights such as Golden Gate Park, Castro Adobe in San Pablo and local Richmond businesses and people. The photos could be more than 100 years old as this medium was popular during 1880-1920.

According to Melina McCrary, the Museum’s Executive Director, local history museums rarely have the resources to catalogue donations. “We’ve always strived for a higher level of professionalism and since 1951, we’ve taken donor information and assigned numbers to our collection, but no one has ever had a chance to search through individual items,” she said.

That all changed when the California State Library’s California Revealed project invited the Museum to accept a $10,000 grant to search through old collections. ”They know there are so many smaller historical museums like ours that have wonderful treasures in the basement can’t catalogue them,” McCrary said.

The grant allowed her to hire a team, who are all local people, to begin digging.  “Lo and behold – there was a box of 200 glass plate negatives,” said McCrary.  In fact, some of the plates had been scanned in 2003 but not catalogued or stored properly. At that time, the Museum felt they didn’t want to share the images them with the public. They put them away and forgot about them.

“That’s the opposite of our current philosophy,” says McCrary, who has been the Director since 2013.  “We are a community museum and we want to share.”  Because glass plate negatives are very rare and very delicate, the Museum is being very careful not to handle them too much. They will transfer them to archival quality storage containers and display the scanned images. The Museum plans to request that their new-found treasures be posted on the California Revealed website, http://californiarevealed.org, along with California-related materials from many California libraries, archives, and museums. # # #

Dia de los Muertos at the Richmond Museum of History

Day of the Dead at the Richmond Museum of History

Life, Love, Legacy | October 26 – November 4, 2018

Click here to download the call for artists—-> RMH DDLM Call for Submissions_rev

Artists and community members are asked to submit proposals for ofrendas/altars that honor the deceased and/or pays tribute to departed ancestors. Ofrendas honoring the dearly departed members of the greater Richmond community will be given preference.

 DEADLINE: Sunday, 9/29/18 by 5:00 p.m. PST (Deadline Extended!!)

Family-friendly exhibition content is kindly requested. Interactive and interpretive ofrendas/altars are particularly encouraged (no larger than 6’ x 4’). Open to all members of the Bay Area community as well as established and emerging artists of various mediums, schools, and community organizations. Food and live plants are prohibited.

The altars will be on display for the public in the Seaver Gallery. Artists will be provided a stipend for their time and talent at the completion of the exhibition. Artists must install/uninstall the altars, as well as, make a welfare check over the course of the exhibit week. We hope to have six altars, depending on the quality and quantity of the artist submission.

Participants will be invited to make an additional smaller one-day altar for the 4th Annual Halloween Day Trick or Treat event on 23rd Street in Richmond for an additional stipend. The altars will be displayed in an area with a large prearranged ofrenda that the community will be asked to contribute images of departed loved ones. More information about the 23rd Street event will be provided after the selection process.

DEADLINE: All submissions must be received no later than Sunday, 9/29/18 by 5:00 p.m. PST

Accepted proposals will be notified by mid-September. Submission materials will not be returned.  If accepted, all artwork must be installed at the Richmond Museum of History by 5:00 pm on Thursday – October 25, 2018.

*** The Richmond Museum of History reserves the right to alter the exhibition timeline and/or re-schedule or cancel this exhibition at any time. ***

Artists are strongly encouraged to attend the Day of Preparations and Celebration on

Saturday, October 27th from 11 am – 5 pm. (FREE)

Physical Address: 400 Nevin Ave, Richmond, CA 94801

Mailing Address: PO BOX 1267 Richmond, CA 94802


Limited Edition WWI era Pins on sale NOW!

We are so proud of our collection here at the Richmond Museum of History that we decided to clone some of it and sell it to you! The originals of these pins have been in our collection since the 1980’s and they’re just too fun to keep to ourselves. So we reproduced them and are selling them for the very low price of only $6! We hope to include more reproduction merchandise from our collection in the future.

When you visit the Richmond Museum of History, make sure to pick up a set and show you support for fair labor practices, women’s rights and the Red Cross! Want to buy but can’t make it to the Museum? Give us a call at 510-235-7387 or email melinda@richmondmuseum.org and we will ship it for a modest shipping and handling fee. Thanks for your support!

Reproduction WWI Pins on sale now for $6

The Richmond Museum Association Dinner Was a Huge Success!

Richmond Museum Association Fundraiser for ‘Revealing Hidden History’ Exhibit

The Richmond Museum Association Dinner on February 3, 2017 at the Richmond Country Club was a huge success!  This fundraiser benefited the renovation of the permanent exhibition Revealing Hidden History.   Attendees enjoyed a silent auction, dinner, dancing and remarks by Dr. Kent Lightfoot from the University of California Berkeley.