Welcome to the Valentine!

For 125 years, the Valentine has been collecting, preserving and interpreting Richmond Stories™. We are the only museum focused on the history and culture of the region.

Located in the heart of historic downtown, the Valentine offers many unique experiences to plan your visit around that challenge and inspire while sparking joy and wonder.

The Valentine Main Campus at 10th and East Clay Street includes permanent and rotating exhibitions in our main galleries, the historic Wickham House built between 1812 and 1815, the Valentine Studio and our beautiful garden. The Valentine First Freedom Center is located in Shockoe Bottom on the same corner where Virginia’s General Assembly passed the Statue of Religious Freedom in 1786 and explores the past, present and future of religious freedom in America.

But we are so much more than a museum! The Valentine provides a shared place for our diverse community and those who visit Richmond to pursue understanding and truth together by creating opportunities for honest conversations that are both challenging and enjoyable.

The Richmond Stories™ section of this site, which includes an interactive history timeline, features many of the stories that bring history to life in creative, engaging and inclusive ways.

Through educational programs that engage over 14,000 students and teachers each year to community conversations, walking tours, group visits and more, the Valentine offers compelling experiences for visitors of all ages.

Enjoy, and we hope you keep coming back to explore Richmond’s next stories!