We're Renovating!The 1812 John Wickham HouseCreating History: The Valentine Family and the Creation of a MuseumRediscover RichmondInteractive History Programs

We're Renovating!

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The 1812 John Wickham House

The 1812 John Wickham House is a spectacular example of 19th century Federal architecture and displays some of the country's finest examples of interior decorative painting. Listed as a National Historic Landmark, the Wickham House, built by John Wickham, illustrates the lives of one of Richmond’s most prominent families. The Wickham House was purchased by Mann Valentine Jr. and in 1898 became the first home of the Valentine Museum.

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Creating History: The Valentine Family and the Creation of a Museum

Looking beyond the authority of "experts," such as museums and professional historians, this exhibition illustrates how every person creates, through personal experience, his or her own usable history. A new interpretation of this popular exhibition, “Creating History” is now viewable on the second floor of the Wickham House and features additional objects from the History Center’s founding collection. The exhibition explores the Valentine family's collecting enterprises, Valentine's Meat Juice, and ways in which the History Center's interpretation of Richmond's history has evolved.


Rediscover Richmond

The History Center Archives has thousands of two-dimensional items related to the history of Richmond. The Collection is divided into four sections: Books and Manuscripts, Ephemera, Prints and Photographs.

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Interactive History Programs

The History Center is more than objects behind glass. We offer a variety of interactive and educational programming and tours for people of all ages.

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The largest and finest collection of primary source material for researching and interpreting the history of Richmond.

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

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Check out our blog for updates and a behind the scenes look into our collection and what's happening at the museum.  Don't forget to interact with us via social media as well!

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Walking Tours

Richmond History Tours offer more than 340 opportunities to tour Richmond on foot, by bus or with your dog. Led by master guides, these tours are the best way to experience the city’s past, present and future.

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