The Richmond Museum of History & Culture is currently closed to the public due to the pandemic.
All volunteers will be scheduled by appointment. The museum staff are committed to safety and will not permit more than 4 individuals at the museum at a time.
Masks are required to be used when in common areas. Sanitation and cleanliness enforced.
The Richmond Museum of History is conducting an inventory of the permanent collection. The Inventory Technician will work closely with the Museum staff and other volunteers to continue the effort to complete a full digital inventory of the permanent collection. The Museum is very fortunate to have excellent paper records dating back over sixty years. In an effort to be better stewards of the collection, the Museum began the process to create a digital inventory in 2014 and the work continues today. In December 2017, the Museum was awarded an National Endowment for the Humanities grant to continue the inventory project! We're excited to move the project forward into the next step of paperwork reconciliation.
Duties of this volunteer include reconciling artifacts and catalog cards, handling, and photographing artifacts, creating short descriptions of artifacts, creating digital images of artifacts, measuring artifacts, data entry into Past Perfect software program. Students are expected to dedicate at least four hours per week to the internship.
The Richmond Museum of History is located roughly six blocks from BART and one block from AC Transit 72 line.
The Richmond Museum of History is located in the heart of downtown Richmond and is proud to be the oldest organization in West Contra Costa County dedicated to preserving local history. The Richmond Museum of History is housed in a Carnegie Library and owns the most significant collection of historical material and documents in the local area. The permanent collection was established in 1950 and is comprised of a variety of materials including textiles, fine art, archaeological collections, historical artifacts, documents, photographs. The Museum staff is small but what we lack in capacity, we far make up for in enthusiasm and love for our work.
The Richmond Museum of History is currently transitioning from a grassroots, volunteer lead effort to a professional nonprofit lead by academically trained staff. The staff is working to reinvigorate the museum, gain new support within the community and seeks to become more relevant to the modern residents of Richmond. We accomplish this by conducting community outreach, broadening the scope of history we interpret and hosting community advisory meetings.
The mission of the Richmond Museum Association is to preserve, display and educate about the history of Richmond, California and the surrounding area.
The Richmond Musuem Association (RMA) operates the Richmond Museum of History, located in a historic Carnegie Library. The Museum is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday from 1-4PM for a small admission fee. The largest artifact in the museum collection is the SS Red Oak Victory, a Victory Ship built in 1944 for use in the Pacific Theatre in World War II. The ship is open for docent lead and self guided tours on Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday from 10-3.
The Richmond Museum Association (RMA) offers volunteer opportunities for people of all walks of life. Our community of like-minded volunteers works toward a common goal to inspire people through Richmond history. RMA will make you feel welcome whether you seek to develop professional skills, deepen your own personal interests or just want to feel more connected to the past. The Museum and SS Red Oak Victory depend on volunteers with a wide range of skills so we can accomplish goals like operating the ship under her own power or ensuring every local student visits the Museum once during elementary school. We offer a wide range of positions to fit diverse skill sets including everything from greeting guests to education to ship restoration and everything in between. Volunteering is fun and fulfilling, leading to health benefits and enhanced quality of life, so join us today!