Programs & Tours

Programs & Tours

School Programs

Programs for School Groups            

The following programs are offered by the Education Department for school groups during the 2013-2014 academic year. Reservations must be made in advance. All programs are compatible with the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) requirements.

Due to renovations at the Valentine, all school programs will be offered as outreach for the 2013-2014 academic year.           

Download the 2013-2014 School Programs & Tours Brochure (PDF).

Download the 2014-2015 School Programs & Tours Brochure (PDF).

School Programs Offerings (2013-2014) 

A Colonial Community (click for extension activities and resources)
The Richmond community in colonial times will be investigated through hands on artifact investigations, playing colonial games, and creating a craft to take away. Time in the museum's galleries will expose students to portraits and additional primary source materials.      
GRADES: 1-2 l COST: $4 per student l TIME: 1 hour

African Americans in Antebellum Richmond (click for extension activities and resources)
Students explore the lives of African Americans through the use of artifacts, primary documents, stories and games. GRADE: 4 l COST: $4 per student  l TIME: 1 hour           

Children in the House: Growing Up in the 1800s (click for extension activities and resources)
Learn about family life, education, clothing and games from the 19th century using photographs, primary documents, reproduction artifacts and a tour of the Wickham House (1812).
GRADES: Pre-K-1 l COST: $4 per student  l TIME: 1 hour

Civil War Spies: Elizabeth Van Lew and Mary Elizabeth Bowser (click for extension activities and resources)
Learn about two women who spied for the Union in Richmond during the Civil War.  Students will tour the  Wickham House (1812), work with primary source photographs and conduct hands on artifact investigations.
GRADE: 4 l COST: $4 per student l TIME: 1 hour

Fall Line City History (click for extension activities and resources)
What elements are part of a changing community? Using primary and secondary sources, the students will explore the development of our city. They will compare Richmond as a settlement to today's modern city while sharing  maps and pictures and adding pieces to the puzzle that became a Fall Line City.
GRADES: 5-7 l COST: $4 per student l TIME: 1 hour

Greek by Design (click for extension activities and resources)
Students will discuss the elements of Greek and Roman deisgn and culture while touring the 19th century home of John and Elizabeth Wickham.           
GRADE: 3 l COST: $4 per student  l TIME: 1 hour

New! Hear Ye Richmond! (click for extension activities and resources)
From the town crier to the internet, students will explore how we share information and communicate.
GRADE: PreK - K | COST: $4 per student | TIME: 1 hour

Powhatan Indians (click for extension activities and resources)
A hands-on program using Native American artifacts to learn about the lives of the Eastern Woodlands Indians of Virginia and their reliance on natural resources. 
GRADES: K, 2, 4 l COST: $4 per student l TIME: 1 hour

Whose Hat is That? (click for extension activities and resources)
Hats tell a lot about the people who wore them: where and when they lived or what they did for a living.  Children will try on hats from our collection, discuss what the hat tells them about the person, do a Mexican Hat Dance and create a hat of their own.  
GRADES: PreK-1 l COST: $4 per student  l TIME: 1 hour

Era Explorations

Using photographs, video and audio, this program will assist students with their understanding of the times and attitudes of four eras.
Select from one of the following....

The Great Depression (click for extension activities and resources)
Explore life in Richmond during the Great Depression.
GRADE: 6-7 l COST: $4 per student l TIME: 1 hour

Rosie the Riveter: the Homefront during WWII (click for extension activities and resources)
Discuss the  WWII homefront, including women in the workforce, rationing, children and propaganda.
GRADE: 6-7 l COST: $4 per student l TIME: 1 hour

Segregation/Integration (click for extension activites and resources)
Discover the realities of segregation and Jim Crow in the Greater Richmond area.
GRADE: 6-7 l COST: $4 per student l TIME: 1 hour

New! Richmond in Black, White, and Grey (click for extension activites and resources)
This well documented era of Richmond history is explored from the point of view of soldiers, spies and African Americans.  
GRADE: 6-7 l COST: $4 per student l TIME: 1 hour

Reservations and Pricing

To Make Reservations

  • Contact the Assistant Director of Education, 804.649.0711 x 317.
  • Programs must be scheduled in advance. Four weeks notice is preferred.
  • A deposit of $25  is required one month prior to your visit, with final payment due upon arrival. Arrangements for invoicing must be made in advance. Checks are made payable to the Valentine.             
  • Cancellation of a program must be made by telephone call at least 48 hours in advance.
  • Attendance numbers must be updated 48 hours prior to the scheduled program. Fees due will be based on the number reported.
  • You will receive a confirmation letter detailing your reservation and payment requirements in addition to a teacher resource packet relating to your chosen program.

Prices for outreach programs at your school:    

  • $4 student with a $80 minimum fee. No charge for the teacher.
  • Off-site programs outside the Greater Richmond area will be charged a mileage fee.
  • Your full payment must be mailed and received by the Valentine on or before your program date.


School Programs SOL Compatibility 2013-2014

(printable PDF Version)

For more information, contact the Assistant Director of Education, 804.649.0711 x 317.