The Valentine

The Valentine, Richmond: Hours, Address, The Valentine Reviews: 4.5/5

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
About
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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2-3 hours
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  • Main Street Station • 9 min walk
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cordyroy
Naples, FL2,247 contributions
It was okay
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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Susan B
Henrico, VA45 contributions
A Beautiful Museum
Jul 2019
For all out of towners - stop by Court End and the Valentine. Wonderful place to show history of Richmond.
Written March 7, 2020
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Teacher S
1 contribution
Historic House and Richmond Specific Nostalgia
Mar 2020
Having toured almost all of the (many) historic homes in and around the Richmond area, we recently revisited The Valentine. The Wickham House, which is attached, has period decor and a number of pieces original to the home and family. Two floors are open and furnished. There is a small museum of items curated to represent the experience of all groups who have resided in Richmond, starting with indigenous Indians. A rotating exhibit space currently has information about the centennial of the 19th Amendment and Richmond women involved in the Women's Suffrage effort.
Our guide, Kasie, was knowledgeable and personable. Her obvious interest and enthusiasm for history made the tour especially enjoyable.
Written March 4, 2020
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Jed F
Richmond, VA85 contributions
Cool history museum with nice old mansion on top but small
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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kaaskop2015
Williamsburg, VA13 contributions
Interesting but a bit of a mix.
Jan 2020
From the pictures on tripadvisor I expected more. It was interesting but it is a collection of anything and everything. The owners collected what they thought was interesting. None of the collection was very valuable. It was interesting to learn how the family had made their money. Unfortunately we had a docent who had just started and was not able to answer all the question. Other than that it is still worth a visit.
Written January 25, 2020
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Susan B
Baltimore, MD11 contributions
Only Average Museum
Oct 2019
We had Groupons for the Valentine Museum and I'm glad I didn't pay full admission. It was just ok. Not as thorough an exploration of Richmond history as I expected. There is an old home attached to it which might have been more interesting. It wasn't open when we were there. With so much to see in Richmond, I would skip this one.
Written October 28, 2019
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susancharleston_Sc
charleston, sc20 contributions
Rainy day in Richmond
Oct 2019
Very interesting place and the staff were very nice to two people looking for some shelter from the storm. The tour guide was very informative. I would recommend the Valentine even on a sunny day.
Written October 25, 2019
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TrainingTravelBob
Richmond, VA63 contributions
So many things to see
May 2019 • Family
I love learning about the history of where ever I am, so I have enjoyed this museum since moving here 3 years ago. It tells many stories of Richmond, where it came from and where it's going -- including a recent exhibit on possible plans for Monument Avenue and its controversial monuments. Take the tour of the Valentine home, too. It's a wonderful historical representation of its time and its families who have lived there.
Written July 2, 2019
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349Charles25
Alexandria, VA961 contributions
Experience Old Richmond at The Valentine Museum
Jun 2019
Although the Valentine is billed as a museum of Richmond's history, the focus is on one residence and a few families who lived there before and after the Civil War. There is very little information about the native Indians who lived in this area or the slaves who probably built this historic structure. There is guide to show the restored and beautifully maintained historic house, but be aware that most of the furnishings are not original. Don't miss the garden behind the house and the exhibits inside .
Written June 10, 2019
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Phil W
Chapel Hill, NC597 contributions
Complex of history
Jun 2019 • Friends
The highlight for us was the guided tour of the 1812 Valentine/Wickham house, connected adjacently to the newer museum-displays building. A quiet Sunday morning, and we had the extremely knowledgable Kwami, conveying his insights into the people, the building, the restoration, and the collections.
We also enjoyed the diverse, self-guided exhibits, covering the history of Richmond from the origin of Eskimo Pies to dugout canoes to ceremonial dress to a public display/vote of possible Monument Avenue redesigns. We liked but almost missed the video in the renovated part of the Wickham cellar, likewise the Edward Valentine sculpture studio outside by the sculpture garden.
Written June 2, 2019
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