The Valentine Extends Thursday Hours with New Special Events & Tours

September 1, 2022

RICHMOND – Beginning September 8, the Valentine will stay open late every Thursday until 7:00 p.m. for “Extra Thursdays.” After 5:00 p.m. each Thursday, admission to the museum will be free, and each week will feature a new special event or tour.

“Everybody needs a little ‘extra,’ and we wanted to add a time each week where we can bring some extra joy to Richmonders,” said Director Bill Martin. “During Extra Thursdays, we’re going to dance in the street, open up our student field trip programs to grown-ups, and give people an extra dose of history while we’re at it. We hope Extra Thursdays will give everyone the chance to visit and have fun with us.”

In addition to free admission, all special programs during Extra Thursdays will be free to give all Richmonders the opportunity to participate.

The Valentine is also offering new 30-minute tours every Thursday evening. At 5:30 p.m., a staff member will lead Richmond Short Stories: a personalized deep dive into several of their favorite objects in the main gallery, “This Is Richmond, Virginia.” Tours of the 1812 Wickham House will begin at 6:00 p.m.

More information and online registration for special events are available at



The Valentine has been collecting, preserving and interpreting Richmond’s 400-year history for over a century. Located in the heart of historic downtown, the Valentine is a place for residents and tourists to discover the diverse stories that tell the broader history of this important region.

Press Contact
Christina Swanson