Richmond History MakersCity Center WalksClassical Allure: Richmond StyleThe Valentine First Freedom CenterBeard Wars

Richmond History Makers

Today's events serve as tomorrow's history, yet sometimes even the most powerful success stories and hard-working individuals go unnoticed.  The Valentine launched the Richmond History Makers program to recognize everyday citizens and outstanding organizations making significant contributions to the greater Richmond region.

Save the Date for this year's celebration on Tuesday, October 20, 2015, 6-8:30 p.m.

Tickets will go on sale in September to attend the celebration.

City Center Walks

The Valentine and Richmond Region Tourism present a walking tour of East Broad and Grace Streets in downtown Richmond, which passes by Richmond’s CenterStage, the National Theater, the Virginia State Capitol, the former Miller & Rhoads building, now converted into a hotel and condominiums, and more.

The tour starts at the Richmond Visitor's Center and ends at the Valentine. Includes same-day admission to the Valentine exhibitions and galleries.

Offered daily Tuesday-Saturday at 10 a.m.

Classical Allure: Richmond Style

May 3, 2015-January 31, 2016

For the inaugural exhibition in the new Nathalie L. Klaus and Reynolds Family Galleries, the Valentine introduces classically inspired treasures from its remarkable collection of costume and textiles. The exhibition explores themes personified by Libertas, Ceres, Virtus, and Aeternitas, the four Roman goddesses that adorn the Virginia state seal, in an examination of the classical forms that endure in Richmond fashion.

The Valentine First Freedom Center

The exhibition and monument are now open at 14 S. 14th Street Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday from 12-5 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

First Freedom Student Competition winners announced. Click here

Beard Wars

March 26 - November 30, 2015

On view during the final year of the American Civil War’s sesquicentennial commemoration, Beard Wars features local photographer Terry Brown’s portraits of members of the RVA Beard League, inspired by images of Civil War generals in the Valentine’s collection.



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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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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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