The Valentine
The Valentine
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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For more than a century, the Valentine has celebrated one of America's most historic cities with exhibitions, educational programs,city tours, extensive collections and archives, and the restoration of the 1812 Wickham House. Enjoy lunch in the Valentine Garden (Monday-Friday) and shop at the Museum Store (open daily).
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  • Main Street Station • 9 min walk
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MoseleyPaddler
Moseley238 contributions
Oct 2021
The neighborhood next to MCV/VCU is very neat. Validated parking in the lot in back is a plus. The museum isn't large but is very interesting, showing many early Richmond artifacts. Lunch in the courtyard via the on-site cafe or street vendors is enjoyable.
Written October 20, 2021
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John F
Stow, OH301 contributions
Jun 2021
Enjoyed our stop at this little museum in the heart of Richmond. Parking is a bit challenging because there is no dedicated lot. Figure 1-2 hours depending upon how much you care to see and read. They also included a tour of the adjacent historical home of a Richmond aristocrat.
Written July 2, 2021
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DreamTraveller2
Bloomington, IN1,845 contributions
Quite an interesting museum, and an easy walk from the Museum of the Conferdacy, so the two of them would make a nice 'museum morning.'

Lots of dispays on local history, (photos, artifacts, ads, etc.) and a few surprises. (A fascinating display, in the basement, about the Red Cross. Not sure if it's a temporary exhibit, or permanent.) I was especially hoping to see the textile exhibits (heavily promoted in all the literature), but I couldn't find them. Portions of the museum are closed, so that could have been the problem.

Your ticket includes a few other smaller local musuems, including the house next door, but those are by tour only, so we didn't have time. (However, the basement of the 'house next door' is connected directly to the Valentine, so you can walk through it and see the servants quarters. A very well done little exhibit.

BTW, if you are a AAA member, be sure to tell them. The discount is terrific. (And I didn't even have to show my card.)

Recommended.
Written July 3, 2007
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bythetracks
springfiled, il, United States21 contributions
Feb 2022
The museum is informative but all the exhibits are in cases, They require a lot of reading. There were no multi media presentations or more current museum techniques that I recall used here.
Overall, it was an average experience representing the “new” Richmond. Like the “new south,” it seems more focused on certain topics and more forgetful of others.
The courtyard was a nice, sunny feature for visitors.

I guess after seeing other things in town over a few days, this place was for me pretty forgetable.
Written March 1, 2022
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Jed F
Richmond, VA87 contributions
Jul 2019
The main museum shows items from all of Richmond's history but there is not that much to see. The mansion next door is included in the ticket and can only by done as part of a tour and is very pretty with a cool history. Cute yard with cafe, perfect for a quick break, all in the middle of downtown.
Written February 13, 2020
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL8,116 contributions
Jul 2015 • Couples
The Valentine, formerly known as the Valentine Museum and the Valentine Richmond History Center, is a private museum dedicated to the history of the city. Opened in 1898, it is located at 1015 East Clay Street, a block from the Museum and White House of the Confederacy. Founded by Mann S. Valentine II, it was the first museum in Richmond. It is small but very informative. It features an excellent gift shop. The Valentine offers exhibitions that focus on American urban and social history, costumes and textiles, decorative arts and architecture. The museum also includes the 1812 neoclassical Wickham House, a National Historical Landmark. In 2014, the Valentine completed a $4.1 million renovation of its public exhibition galleries, lobby, museum store and education center. There are artifacts in the Valentine that you won't see in any of the other museums in Richmond. If nothing else, it is very interesting to tour the Wickham House, to see how people lived in the early 1800s. After his death in 1930, Edward Valentine, Mann Valentine's brother, left a large collection of sculpture, papers, furniture and memorabilia to the museum in his will. An added bonus is the bistro in the garden in the rear of the property that offers boxed or bagged lunches.
Written August 17, 2015
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timothyseanfang
Phnom Penh, Cambodia61 contributions
Sep 2013 • Friends
It wasn't as good or as detailed as the Museum of the Confederacy or even the Virginia Holocaust Museum - I'd have thought that for the price there would be at least more extensive detail and galleries showing you Richmond's history. Instead, the galleries were themed, such as the clothes of that era, some neon signs, food, tobacco and the like. Nothing wrong with that, but I felt that it wasn't the best way to showcase the rich history that Richmond had to offer.
Written September 30, 2013
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Lunelles
Tampa, FL43 contributions
Jun 2022 • Solo
The museums current exhibit glorifies ans champions vandalism of public fine art in the interest of "social justice'. Very offensive. Do not go.
Written June 22, 2022
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cordyroy
Mobile, AL2,384 contributions
Oct 2020 • Couples
Had somewhat interesting exhibits of Richmond's history. Best was on ladies dresses of 1930s. Nice little garden. Without the house and sculpture studio, not on our top 25 things to do.
Written October 14, 2020
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bossman168
Limerick, PA56 contributions
Mar 2017 • Family
We were not able to enter the whitehouse which is just around the corner, so we visited The Valentine which was well worth the time. The exhibit has a wide variety of items from within the last 20 years to 100 years.
Written April 14, 2017
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Thank you for your review and we are glad you enjoyed your visit to the Valentine.
Written April 17, 2017
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