Gallery Namesakes

Gallery Namesakes

On November 1, 2013, the Valentine’s contractors Kjellstrom+Lee broke ground for the Valentine renovations which include new spaces for galleries and special events, an education center, gift shop, and lobby. Read more

Fashion Scholar Kristen Stewart Returns to Richmond from San Francisco

Accepts Position of Valentine’s Nathalie L. Klaus Curator of Costumes & Textiles

RICHMOND, Va. – On September 1, Kristen E. Stewart will return to her native Richmond to begin her work with the Valentine as the Nathalie L. Klaus Curator of Costumes and Textiles. Stewart is excited about working with the 40,000–piece textile collection and is grateful for the support the board has given to preserve and interpret it. For the grand re-opening of the Valentine, she plans to tell the story of classical roots in Richmond fashion.  She’s been working as a curatorial assistant in San Francisco’s Fine Arts Museums since 2013 in the Caroline & H. McCoy Jones Department of Textile Arts. Read more

Melding Four Centuries of Richmond Art and History

The Valentine Core Gallery Developed and Designed by Richmond Artists

A redesigned gallery space at the Valentine in Richmond’s Court End neighborhood features a new take on telling Richmond’s stories. This is Richmond, Virginia curators David Voelkel and Meg Hughes have created a compelling exhibition of Richmond heritage and lifestyle by showcasing many previously unseen objects from the 1.6 million collection of Valentine art and historical objects. Read more

The Valentine Announces 2014 Richmond History Makers Honorees

The 10th Annual Richmond History Makers Program pays tribute to everyday citizens and outstanding organizations that make significant contributions to the greater Richmond region. The Valentine and its partners celebrate their success at a gala reception and award ceremony on Tuesday, Oct. 21. This year, we honor the good work of Dorothy S. Gallimore, Richmond Cycling Corps, CARITAS, “Miss Community” Clovia Lawrence and Robert (Bob) S. Argabright II. Read more

The Valentine Staff and Board Leadership

Our Staff and Board

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The clock is ticking!

There is still a lot to do!

 Ground Floor MR Clock

There is still a lot to do!

Floors are being sanded and stained in the Stettinius Community Galleries and it smells.

Lighting has been added to the Sara D. November Education Center.

The painting of the 1856 Map of Richmond is moving forward in the main gallery.  Nancy Beck and her assistant are doing a great job!

The exhibition casework is being fabricated off-site.

Stone is being cut by Luck Stone for the welcome desk countertop.

Drywall continues to be installed.

Boxes of locally-made products arrive for display and sale in the new Museum Store.

Invitations are being designed and printed for opening week.

Our public opening is on October 25 – only nine weeks away!

Anyone know how to add a few more hours to our Miller & Rhoads clock?

Bill Martin, Director

P.S. Join today and be part of the grand opening week celebrations (Oct 20-24). A donation of $250+ secures your spot at the special Wednesday night party. 


RVA50 Object 43 “Guided Tour of Richmond, circa 1955”

Guided Tour of Richmond, circa 1955
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Jack McGowan and Max Glenn, directors
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Time Travelers: A Free Weekend of Richmond History featuring Ten Historic Houses of Greater Richmond

Richmond’s most renowned historic homes and museums offer visitors a “passport” to time-travel during a special admission-free weekend on Saturday and Sunday, September 13 and 14. Tourists and locals alike are invited to discover the City’s treasures, spanning 400 years of fascinating history and including the homes of John Marshall, Jefferson Davis, John Wickham, Major James Dooley and other important Virginians. Read more

Feeling Flushed

Who knew that a urinal and fresh white tile could be so exciting!

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Who knew that a urinal and fresh white tile could be so exciting!

It is amazing how often our experience at a museum is centered around the quality of the restrooms.

We find ourselves in these remarkable historic places with their great collections, and the only thing we mention to our friends as we leave is a problem with a restroom.  I must admit that I was guilty of this crime last week after I visited a museum in Charleston, S.C.

In a very small space, our architects have focused on the details:

  • The paper towel dispensers are next to the sinks.
  • Large floor tile without grout will help with the appearance and easy maintenance.
  • Heated floors will ensure comfort. 

For the first time, the museum will have fully accessible facilities.

I hope that we are creating restrooms that are wonderfully forgettable and that our visitors’ only memory of the Valentine will be their experience of Richmond’s stories. 

Bill Martin, Director

P.S. Join today and be part of the grand opening week celebrations (Oct 20-24). A donation of $250+ secures your spot at the special Wednesday night party.


RVA50 Object 42 “Welcome to Richmond, late 1940’s”

“Welcome to Richmond,” late 1940’s
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