What Makes a Neighborhood?












This multi-session, project-based outreach program brings a museum educator and materials to the classroom, engaging students in the process of creating a history tour about their school or neighborhood. During this 8 session program, students develop mapping, research, speaking and leadership skills and increase their understanding of the role Richmond played in state and national history.

Limited availability, inquire for more information. Program length and format customization per class subject and schedule. 

Program Objectives: Students will learn about the history and the space surrounding their school, will work with primary and secondary sources to develop mapping and research skills, will compare past and present events, will develop a historical narrative and will develop presentation skills.



Monumental Exhibition Tour












Explore the Valentine’s temporary exhibition Monumental: Richmond’s Monuments 1607 – 2018, as well as the Valentine’s core exhibition This is Richmond, Virginia, and learn about the history and context of Richmond’s monuments. Students will analyze primary sources and engage in critical thinking related to this timely topic. Visit includes a civic dialog activity that prompts students to consider who decides when it comes to Monuments.

Monumental is on view through Jan. 20, 2019, and will be followed by a related exhibition, Monument Avenue: General Demotion/General Devotion. Ask about two-part visits, or pairing your gallery tour with a Capitol Square Walking Tour to view and discuss monuments in person!

Program Objectives: The student will demonstrate skills for historical thinking, geographical analysis, economic decision making, and responsible citizenship by analyzing primary and secondary sources and evaluating current events and decisions in Richmond.



Pandemic: Richmond Tour












Explore the Valentine’s temporary exhibition Pandemic: Richmond, and learn about the repeated storms of disease that have impacted the city’s history. During your visit you will also tour the Valentine’s core exhibition This is Richmond, Virginia and the 1812 Wickham House to discuss how sanitation, early treatments and inequality impacted access to healthcare in Richmond.

Pandemic: Richmond is on view through Feb 24, 2019.

Program Objectives: Students will discuss germ theory and use primary sources to examine healthcare throughout Richmond’s history.



Richmond and the Civil War Bus Tour












On this guided bus tour with stops at Capitol Square, historic Tredegar, and 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.

Richmond Canal Walking Tour

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


Richmond’s African American Heritage Tour












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

Customize your tour and let us know if you’d like to include an interior visit of the Capitol or the Maggie Walker Historic Site.


Curation and Creation: Wallpaper Designs












Tour the 1812 Wickham House and discover how a piece of wallpaper found during a renovation solved a mystery about Wickham family style and décor. This program was designed in collaboration with local printmaking studio, Studio Two Three, and includes a hands-on art making activity.

Program Objectives: Students will learn about daily life in the Wickham House, compare and contrast historical perspectives and apply evidence from primary source material to historical thinking.



Hollywood Cemetery Walking Tour












Stroll through Hollywood Cemetery and explore the history and landscape that comprises this public space. This walking tour focuses on the cemetery’s unique history, its landscape design, architecture, symbols and noted residents including two U.S. Presidents and writer Ellen Glasgow.



Capitol Square Walking Tour












This guided walking tour explores Capitol Square’s rich history, architecture and monuments. When scheduling your program, let us know if you’d like to arrange an interior Capitol tour at no additional cost.


Ancients in the Neighborhood Walking Tour











On this walking tour through Richmond’s Court End neighborhood, students explore Richmond architecture influenced by Egypt, Greece and Ancient Rome. Stops include (but are not limited to) the 1812 Wickham House, Capitol Grounds, Egyptian Building and Monumental Church.

Combine with our Greek by Design program for an in depth look at neoclassical architecture in the 1812 Wickham House!