Richmond and Redlining












Students will explore the Valentine’s This is Richmond, VA exhibition along with materials from the museum’s archives to examine the similarities between real life in Richmond and the national narrative discussed in the Lorraine Hansbury play, Raisin in the Sun. Using Valentine exhibitions, primary sources and archival materials, students will think critically about local examples of themes from the play, redlining and housing segregation, and their impact on Richmond historically through present day.

Program Objectives: Students will analyze archival materials and compare and contrast to the historical narrative presented in the Lorraine Hansbury play Raisin in the Sun to understand how how issues surrounding redlining and housing segregation played out in Virginia’s capitol city.

Program can be augmented for groups who have not yet read Raisin in the Sun.



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 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.



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 Bus 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!


Era Explorations: Segregation/Integration












Explore the realities of Jim Crow and the segregation and integration eras in the Greater Richmond area and the figures and disputes that shaped national change.

Program objectives: Students will work with primary source documents, newspaper articles and photos to examine the impact of segregation, integration and the Civil Rights Movement on Richmond citizens.