Explore Shockoe Bottom in June!Our Hearts On Our SleevesExplore Hollywood Cemetery!One Love: LGBT FamiliesIt's All Relative: Richmond Families (1616-2016)

Explore Shockoe Bottom in June!

For Richmond natives and visitors alike, the Valentine’s neighborhood walking tours explore the history and evolution of Richmond’s diverse neighborhoods. Our tours go beyond the highlights, uncovering each neighborhood’s best-kept secrets while sharing the stories and memories of residents. In June, we are set to explore Shockoe Bottom. Don't miss our tours of this up and coming neighborhood!

Don't miss our daily tours of City Center and Hollywood Cemetery too!

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Our Hearts On Our Sleeves

April 28, 2017-January 28, 2018

The fashion and fiber arts play an important role in Richmond’s creative community, enlivening Richmond’s streets, shops, galleries, museums, and performance spaces. Drawing on the Valentine’s extensive collection of historic and contemporary costume and textiles, O­ur Hearts On Our Sleeves celebrates Richmond’s devotion to creative expression.

Quilt, ca. 1850, Ann Long Thomas and unknow artists, gift of Colonel John Herbert Claiborne Mann

Explore Hollywood Cemetery!

Learn about the cemetery’s history, artwork, symbolism and famous residents, including two U.S. Presidents, writer Ellen Glasgow, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Generals George Pickett and J.E.B. Stuart.

The Valentine offers daily and specialty tours of Hollywood Cemetery!

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Presented by Hollywood Cemetery

One Love: LGBT Families

December 1, 2016 – September 4, 2017

This exhibition questions the traditional definition of a family through portraits of LGBT families in the Richmond region. Presented in collaboration with Richmond Region Tourism’s OutRVA campaign and photographer Michael Simon.

Sponsored by Altria Group, Virginia is for Lovers, Capital One, Diversity Richmond, Q94 and Pride Radio

Photo: Michael Simon

It's All Relative: Richmond Families (1616-2016)

October 13, 2016 - June 18, 2017

What defines a Richmond family in 2016? The classic nuclear family has been left behind along with our black and white television sets and tuna noodle casseroles. This exhibition explores the changing definition and composition of what makes a family in our Richmond community over the past five centuries.

Sponsored by Julia and Tunnicliff Fox Charitable Trust, Altria Group and Richmond Family Magazine



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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Visit the First Freedom Center

FFC Jefferson Rabbi

The exhibition and monument are now open at 14 S. 14th Street Tuesday-Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission to the First Freedom Center is free and open to the public.

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