125th Anniversary

For over 125 years the Valentine has collected, preserved and interpreted the materials of Richmond’s life and history. Through our collections, exhibitions and programs, the Valentine reflects the broad issues and diverse communities that define the history of the Richmond region.

In April of 2024, we’ll honor this momentous milestone with a week of events celebrating not only the history of our museum but the history of the Richmond region too.

Learn more about everything we have planned below.

Exhibition Opening: "Turning Points: Richmond in the 1890s"

The turning basin in Richmond’s canal bordered by the five-story Gallego Flour Mills building, a railroad cars, and other industrial buildings.

Thirty years after the Civil War, a new generation took over Richmond’s segregated economic, municipal, social, and cultural institutions. Turning Point: Richmond in the 1890s details the tensions that arose during this tumultuous decade and its lasting effects on Richmond today.

On Wednesday, April 10th we will host an exhibition opening for our members.

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Richmond History Makers

Since 2005, the Richmond History Makers program has honored everyday individuals and organizations that are making significant contributions to the Greater Richmond Region at that moment in time. Our next Richmond History Makers will be part of a week of events in April 2024 that will celebrate the Valentine’s 125th Anniversary. We will honor individuals, organizations and even moments over the years that have had the greatest impact on our region. Nominations close on January 31, 2024!

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125th Anniversary Gala - SOLD OUT

Join the Valentine on one of the most beautiful and historic blocks in Downtown Richmond. On Friday, April 12th, we will celebrate 125 years of the Valentine’s commitment to preserving and telling Richmond Stories.

125 Community Day

Celebrate the Valentine’s 125th anniversary and the opening of our newest exhibition, Turning Points: Richmond in the 1890s. 

Enjoy free admission all day at the museum plus family fun and activities inside and outside of the Valentine!

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