Programs & Tours

Programs & Tours

Student Tours

Tours for School Groups

The guided bus and walking tours below are available for grades three through high school. Choose one or more tours or design your own. All tours are designed to support the Virginia Department of Education’s Standards of Learning, and all tour guides are well-trained and extremely comfortable working with diverse student populations. We also offer classroom-based School Programs, either at the Valentine or at your school.

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

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


On this walking tour through Richmond's Court End neighborhood, students explore Richmond architecture influenced by Egypt, Greece and Ancient Rome. This walking tour may be combined with the Greek By Design school program.

  • GRADES: 3 to 5
  • COST: $4 per student
  • TIME: 1 1/2 hours


This guided walking tour explores Capitol Square's rich history and architecture. An interior visit to the State Capitol can be added.

  • GRADE: 4 to 6
  • COST: $4 per student 
  • TIME: 2 hours


This walking tour focuses on the cemetery’s unique history, its landscape design, architecture, symbols and noted residents including two U.S. Presidents, writer Ellen Glasgow, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Civil War Generals George Pickett and J.E.B. Stuart.

  • GRADES: 4 to 12
  • Cost: $4 per student
  • Time: 2 hours*


On this guided bus tour, with stops at St. John's Church and the State Capitol, students discover what a fall line is and why it was important to Richmond's development, as well as examine Richmond's role in the formation of the country.

  • GRADES: 4 to 6 
  • COST: $6 per student, plus site admissions
  • TIME: 3 hours


On this guided bus tour, with a stop at the Maggie Walker Historic Site or the Black History Museum and Capitol Square, students explore the important role that African Americans played in our city and state's history.

  • GRADES: 4 to 12
  • COST: $6 per student, plus site admissions
  • TIME: 3 hours


This walking tour focuses on the development of Richmond's canals in the early 19th century, demonstrating their importance to the early history of Virginia, territorial expansion, industries, and the growth of the city.

  • GRADES: 4 to 6
  • COST: $4 per student
  • TIME: 2 hours


On this guided bus tour, with stops at Capitol Square, historic Tredegar, and either the Museum of the Confederacy or the Virginia Historical Society, students examine Richmond's role in the Civil War and the major events that took place here.

  • GRADES: 4 to 6
  • COST: $8 per student, plus site admissions
  • TIME: 4 hours


These tours enable students to walk some of Richmond’s historic neighborhoods such as Church Hill, Jackson Ward or Monument Avenue and can include a site visit.

  • GRADES: 4 to 12
  • COST: $4 per student plus site admissions
  • TIME: 2 hours


Custom Designed Student Bus Tours

Grade level appropriate walking or bus tours can be designed to meet your instructional needs or interests. We also offer custom designed tours for Expeditionary Learning Schools.


Reservations and Pricing

  • To make reservations: Call 804-649-0711, ext. 319 or email.
  • Tours must be scheduled in advance. Four weeks notice is preferred.
  • A $25.00 per guide deposit is required one month before program.
  • Arrangements for invoicing must be made in advance.
  • There is a 20-student minimum for each tour. Smaller groups are welcome but will be charged the 20-student minimum rate.
  • One adult or teacher chaperone is required for every 10 students at no charge.
  • Cancellation of a tour must be made by telephone call at least 48 hours prior to the scheduled tour date.
  • Student and teacher/chaperone numbers must be updated 24 hours prior to the scheduled tour.
  • Fees due will be based on the number reported to the Valentine.
  • For all Richmond History School Tours the following pricing structure will be in effect: $2 per hour per student plus cost of site admissions if applicable, with a two-hour minimum charge.


Please take into consideration that even though a tour is listed as a two or three hour tour, if the length of the tour is extended to include lunch time, for example that additional time will be included in the above formula. * For adults accompanying students, one adult is required for every 10 students and will participate at no cost. For each additional adult the cost will be $2 per hour per adult plus cost of site admissions if applicable.