Historic Jackson Ward Public Art and History Walking Tour


This guided walking tour explores the historic Jackson Ward neighborhood including stories about its history, murals and other public art.


Figures of Freedom: Shockoe Bottom Walking Tour



Learn about the people that impacted freedoms in Virginia. Includes a tour of the Valentine First Freedom Center along with a stop at the Henry Box Brown monument, the African Burial Ground and the Devil’s Half-Acre, Lumpkin’s Jail.


Valentine Learning Trunks

Valentine Learning Trunk

For students learning together in hybrid or in-person settings, the Valentine is pleased to offer Valentine Learning Trunks. Learning Trunks are a comprehensive museum in a box experience loaned and delivered directly to your classroom. Each trunk comes with reproduction artifacts and primary sources, activities and suggested lesson plans for integrating this hand-on experience into your curriculum. Additionally, teachers are provided with supplemental digital content, including videos, activities and background information help you utilize the materials and connect with Virginia SOLs.

Trunks are delivered to schools by Valentine staff and can remain onsite for up to two weeks. Following your loan period, the Learning Trunk is picked up by a Valentine staff member, before being sanitized, tidied up and sent out to a new school.

Available Learning Trunk Themes:

  • Ancients in the Classroom (3rd grade)
  • Design in Time: Hats and Clothing from the past (Grades pre-K – 2)
  • Powhatan People (pre-K, 2nd, 4th and 6th)
  • Richmond Changes: Exploring Past and Present in Richmond (Grades K-6)
  • Richmond Spies (4th – 6th)
  • Symbols in the City (k – 4th grade)

Learning trunks can also be combined with a virtual museum visit!

Curious what’s in a Learning Trunk? Check out a sneak peek of our Powhatan People trunk below!



Ballot Battle: Women’s Suffrage (Outreach or virtual)


100 years ago, women fought for and secured the right to vote with the enactment of the 19th Amendment in 1920. Who were the players working for and against women’s suffrage in Virginia? What strategies did they use to persuade? During this virtual program, students will consider these questions as they analyze primary source documents related to the pro and anti-suffrage movements in Virginia.  


Civil Rights Richmond: Housing Discrimination & Redlining (Outreach and virtual)

Right now, Richmond has 1,000 fewer affordable homes than we need to house our citizens this year. In this virtual programs, students will explore how the housing crisis emerged by analyzing primary source documents that look at housing discrimination in Richmond’s past in practice, policy and law. Look at Richmond’s redlining map from the 1930s and make connections from the past to current issues within our city.  


What Makes a Neighborhood? (Outreach and virtual)












This multi-session, project-based outreach program brings a museum educator and materials to the classroom, either in person or virtually, 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 can be customized for 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 I: Analyzing Lost Cause Monuments & Historic Monument Avenue (Outreach or virtual)













Monumental: Analyzing the Lost Cause monuments on historic Monument Avenue. In this program, students will discuss the nature of public memory and engage in critical thinking related to this timely topic. Students will analyze primary source documents related to the creation of the Lee Monument.

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.


Richmond Canals and James River 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 Bus Tour












On this guided bus tour, students will explore the important role that African American Richmonders played in our city and state’s history. Bus not provided.



Monument Avenue: Origins and Reverberation Student Walking Tour

Students will learn about the past and present of Richmond’s historic and changing Monument Avenue through an augmented reality guided walking tour. Guides will lead students in discussion about the creation and development of Monument Avenue as students experience a variety of primary sources related to the monuments and Lost Cause narrative through images and audio delivered through Augmented Reality glasses. This tour is limited to 9 students at a time, and is only available for middle and high school students.


Program Objective: Students will experience background information and primary sources in a multi-sensory walking tour that will create an understanding of how events of the past have shaped our city’s public memory and monumental landscape.