Programs & Tours

Programs & Tours

Summer Programs

SD November Opening

Summer Enrichment Programs      

The Valentine offers summer programs for ages 4-12 that make Richmond history unforgettable. 

Programs are one hour in length.
Select your own date and time. 

Contact: (804) 649-0711 ext. 317/318 or email

Download the Summer Programs Postcard (pdf)

2016 S
ummer Programs

Hear ye Richmond! (ages 4-6)
From the town crier to the internet, students will explore how we share information and communicate through artifacts, stories, crafts and tongue twisters.

Whose Hat is That? (ages 4-6)
Using our collection of hats, dance and stories, students examine roles in our community from long ago and today.

Three Sisters (age 5-8)
Explore the agricultural and hunting practices of the Eastern Woodland Indians and learn about the Powhatans' reliance on natural resources.

Looked at and Lived in (ages 6-9) ONSITE ONLY
Tour the 1812 Wickham House to locate the shapes and activities that make a house into a home and design a house of your own.

Summer Games and Sunday Toys (ages 6-9)
Play games from the past and learn about the daily life of children in the 1800s.

In My Own Backyard (ages 6-10) ONSITE ONLY
90 minutes/$5 per student
Find out what is in your own backyard whether that is the treasures in our City or the animals and vegetables in the neighbors' yard. Explore secret gardens and discover what you can grow.

Buzzing about Neon (ages 7-10) ONSITE ONLY
Looking at the Valentine collection of signs, learn about commercial art in Richmond and the culture of neon signs before creating a sign for your business.

Figures of Freedom: Program and Walking Tour (ages 8-12) ONSITE ONLY
90 minutes/$5 per student
Beginning with Capitol Square and finishing at 14th and Canal, learn about the people that impacted freedoms in Virginia and the nation. Includes a tour of the First Freedom Center.

History Mysteries (ages 8-12)
What might this be? Who would have used it? What is happening in this photograph? Sleuth through objects and learn how museums find and preserve artifacts.

Under One Roof (ages 8-12)ONSITE ONLY
The 1812 Wickham house was both a workplace and a home. Using a variety of artifacts, discover what you can deduce about the lives of the many inhabitans in this house.

Additional walking tours available on our web site


  • $4 per student, unless otherwise noted (Maximum group size is 28)      
  • $65 minimum for onsite programs
  • $75 minimum for offsite programs 
  • Fee assistance available on a case-by-case basis.

For more information, contact 804.649.0711 ext. 317/318 or email