The Valentine has been collecting, preserving and interpreting the history of Richmond, Virginia since 1894. The collection is the largest and finest collection of primary source material for researching and interpreting the history of Richmond.  With a focus on the history of Richmond, the museum houses a unique and spectacular collection of objects, papers and textiles that document the city’s complex history. You'll be able to enjoy some items from the collection in our exhibits, but that's only the tip of the iceberg.

  • General Collections

    General Collections

    The "thises and thats" of Richmond's past and present. This collection totals over 900,000 objects and includes household items, fine art and industrial artifacts.

  • Costume & Textile Collection

    Costume & Textile Collection

    This collection is one of the largest of its kind in the South. Besides clothing, you'll find quilts, samplers and other household textiles.

  • Archives


    If it's two-dimensional, it's in our archives. Maps, theater tickets, journals and more are available for research and reference. The Archives also houses the photograph collection which documents Richmond's people, places and events from the 1850s to the present.

  • Specialty Collections

    Specialty Collections

    The Valentine is home to several comprehensive, significant collections, including African Americans in Richmond and the Tobacco Industry.

  • Research


    Portions of the collection are available to view online Collections Database. Accessing the Collections at the Valentine is by appointment only. For hours, fees and available services, see Research.

  • Undocumented Property

    For more than 100 years, the Valentine has collected, preserved and interpreted materials relating to the history of the city of Richmond and the surrounding regions. As part of its commitment to the stewardship of this unique collection, the museum is seeking to recover the histories of currently undocumented objects.