The Valentine is located in the historic Court End neighborhood in downtown Richmond, Virginia. Anchored by the 1812 Wickham House, the museum offers self-guided exhibition galleries that explore the history of Richmond, the Edward V. Valentine Sculpture Studio, a research library, a museum store and cafe.
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.
The Costume and Textiles Collection comprises over 30,000 dress, accessory, and textile objects made, sold, worn or used in Virginia from the late 18th century through the present day. The largest of its kind in the American South, this collection enjoys an international reputation among fashion and textile scholars. The Costume Collection contains clothing and accessories worn by Virginians of all ages and social class for private and public occasions. The Textiles Collection includes important groups of quilts, coverlets and embroidered samplers, as well as a wide range of flat textiles and fiber arts made, sold or used in Virginia.
The museum also holds Decorative Arts and Fine Arts Collections, and a collection of Industrial Artifacts as well as the sculpture studio of Edward V. Valentine.