RICHMOND – The Valentine has introduced three new tours in May as part of the museum’s storied 76-year-old tours program that runs annually from April through November.
The new family-friendly Figures of Freedom Downtown Walking Tour invites attendees to tour Shockoe Bottom, one of Richmond’s oldest historic districts, while exploring the struggles for freedom that helped shape America. This tour will include stories of Virginia’s earliest indigenous inhabitants, Thomas Jefferson’s Statute for Religious Freedom, the struggle of Richmond’s enslaved population and more. Offered Saturdays and Sundays, May through October.
Another new tour, Museums, Murals, Monuments: Museum District Walking Tour, explores Richmond’s historic Museum District, a neighborhood with 22 sites on the National Register of Historic Places, museums, a growing collection of murals and varied monuments. A Master Valentine Tour Guide will lead a walking tour exploring how public art, spaces and museums have told the story of the city for over 150 years. Offered Sundays, May through October.
Finally, the This is Richmond Downtown Walking Tour invites tourists and locals alike to discover Richmond history from its beginnings to the present day, uncovering the best-kept secrets of River City residents. Stops will include the Broad Street historic shopping district, the Virginia Capitol Square, Jackson Ward, an exclusive tour inside local landmark Monumental Church and more. Offered Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, May through October.
“We’re excited to introduce these three new tours as part of our annual season, which now includes over 450 tours,” said Liz Reilly-Brown, the Valentine’s Director of Programs. “Both our newly developed tours as well as our neighborhood tours and specialty programming allow visitors to experience the city’s history by exploring the diverse stories that make these areas unique, vibrant and essential parts of the wider Richmond community.”
Now through November, the Valentine also offers daily walking tours of Hollywood Cemetery, bicycle and bus tours and walking tours of a different neighborhood every month.
Also returning this season are exclusive Valentine Member Tours led by Valentine Director Bill Martin.
Reserve tickets quickly as these tours sell out fast. You can find a full list of tours on our website.
About the Valentine
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.