Happy Labor Day!Richmond History MakersFaces of Freedom, Stories of ServiceClassical Allure: Richmond StyleIn Gear: Richmond CyclesCity Center WalksThe Valentine First Freedom CenterBeard Wars

Happy Labor Day!

The Valentine and First Freedom Center will be open on Monday, September 7 from 10 am-5 pm

Richmond History Makers

Join us for the 11th Annual Richmond History Makers Celebration on Tuesday, October 20, 2015.

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Faces of Freedom, Stories of Service

In May of 2016 the Valentine and Mark Mitchell, a local photographer, will open an exhibition highlighting portraits of local veterans and their stories. We are currently recruiting veterans in the Greater Richmond area who have served in the military starting in the Vietnam War through the present day.

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Steve Hardemon, U.S. Navy 1967-71, photo by Mark Mitchell, 2015

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 Costume & Textile Collection Mini-Symposium

In Gear: Richmond Cycles

August 27, 2015-January 3, 2016

There’s no question Richmond is a cyclists’ town. This exhibition is a uniquely-Valentine take on the history of cycling in Richmond from the 19th century to the present day. The opening of the exhibition coincides with the UCI Road World Cycling Championships in September, and there will be special extended hours nightly during the cycling event until 8 p.m.

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.

City Center Walks will be offered daily during the UCI World Cycling Championships on September 19-26.

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.

Beard Wars

March 26 - November 29, 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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Richmond History Tours offers hundreds of 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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