Interactive History ProgramsRediscover RichmondThe 1812 John Wickham HouseCreating History: The Valentine Family and the Creation of a MuseumThis is Richmond, VirginiaWe're Renovating!

Interactive History Programs

The Valentine is more than objects behind glass. We offer a variety of interactive and educational programming and tours for people of all ages.

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Rediscover Richmond

The Valentine has thousands of two-dimensional items related to the history of Richmond. The Collection is divided into four sections: Books and Manuscripts, Ephemera, Prints and Photographs.

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The 1812 John Wickham House

The 1812 John Wickham House is a spectacular example of 19th century Federal architecture and displays some of the country's finest examples of interior decorative painting.

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Creating History: The Valentine Family and the Creation of a Museum

Looking beyond the authority of "experts," such as museums and professional historians, this exhibition illustrates how every person creates, through personal experience, his or her own usable history.

This is Richmond, Virginia

A new exhibition in a new space!
Opens October 25, 2014 

We're Renovating!

We look forward to having you join us on the adventure.  Please follow our progress here on our website, via social media, or
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The largest and finest collection of primary source material for researching and interpreting the history of Richmond.

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The Valentine has been collecting, preserving and interpreting Richmond, Virginia's stories for more than a century. Located in the heart of historic downtown, the Valentine is a place for residents and tourists to discover the diverse stories that tell the history of this important region.

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Check out our blog for updates and a behind the scenes look into our collection and what's happening at the museum.  Don't forget to interact with us via social media as well!

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Walking Tours

Richmond History Tours offer more than 340 opportunities to tour Richmond on foot, by bus or with your dog. Led by master guides, these tours are the best way to experience the city’s past, present and future.

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