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The Valentine

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Address: 1015 E Clay St, Richmond, VA 23219-1527
Phone Number: +1 804-649-0711
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12:00 - 17:00
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Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Tue - Sat 10:00 - 05:00
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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For more than a century, the Valentine has celebrated one of America's most...

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 John Wickham House. Enjoy lunch at Sally Bell's Kitchen located in the Valentine Garden (Monday-Friday) and shop at the Museum Store (open daily).

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Good tour of Wickham house

The Valentine has an eclectic collection of Richmond history items but we especially enjoyed touring the Wickham House nearby; our tour guide did an especially nice job of taking... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Midlothian, Virginia
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Midlothian, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The Valentine has an eclectic collection of Richmond history items but we especially enjoyed touring the Wickham House nearby; our tour guide did an especially nice job of taking us thru the house and was well-informed. It's worth several hours of your time and close to the Capitol and Museum of the Confederacy, so it could be part of a... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Being new to Richmond, I liked seeing the history of the city. The exhibits were like the best 'This American Life' episodes-- engaging stories about interesting people.

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telford
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

Great decorative painting in house, worth seeing. Great guide, quirky museum, house is a real gem. ithin walking distance of White Huse and capitol. Free parking in hospital garage.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

We especially enjoyed the photos of military personnel taken recently holding picture of themselves when they were in the military. We attended a dinner in the museum which stayed open for our enjoyment.,

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Richmond, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

If you have not taken the time after the Valentines remodel you must stop by. The flow of the museum and the wonderful Richmond exhibits are enough alone to enjoy. The changing exhibits are always well advertised and have never been disappointing. A great museum tucked away in the middle of Downtown Richmond. A must visit for every Richmonder and... More 

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Richmond, VA
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

The exhibition on men's clothing in Virginia was outstanding and worth the museum's admission cost by itself. Where else will you get to see a vintage leisure suit, tailored by Richmond icon Franco Ambrogi no less? The pieces reflect a worthy cross-section of Richmond clothing businesses over the years. The theme is clever and the displays fit the theme. The... More 

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St Augustine
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

This museum is full of Richmond's past and treasures and taught us something new on each row of exhibits. But what we went to see was the Wickham House. One of the most opulent 'in town' houses we've ever seen for the period. Lovingly restored (or on its way to be) to the 1812 building date. Well worth the time... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

I lived in Richmond for decades before finally getting around to visiting the Valentine. Perhaps for old guard, native Richmonders this museum might have some appeal, but not for me. There were no consistent themes and the presentations were amateurish. The 3 people with me felt the same. Some things were humorously questionable to be in some place that calls... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

AAA included The Valentine as a spot in their places to see in one day. So we decided to visit. The museum is frequented by locals who seemed to know a lot about Valentine (who made his fortune creating meat juice as a nutrition supplement for his wife) and Wickham (who defended Aaron burr in a treason trial). The museum... More 

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

Our group of eight thoroughly enjoyed this museum. The staff was cordial, responsive and knowledgeable. Recommended for teens and adults.

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