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The Valentine

1015 East Clay Street
Richmond, Virginia, 23219

Valentine Museum, Hall and Gallery, Richmond, Va.
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The Valentine is a museum in Richmond, Virginia dedicated to collecting, preserving and interpreting Richmond's history. Founded by Mann S. Valentine II 1898, it was the first museum in Richmond.
During the late 19th century, the Valentines began to collect in the fields of archaeology, anthropology, fine arts and decorative arts. His sons conducted excavations of Native American earthwork mounds in former Cherokee towns in western North Carolina in their hunt for artifacts.

Mann laid the foundation for the museum in 1892. When he died in 1893, he provided the original bequest for the Valentine Museum, leaving his collection of art and artifacts, the 1812 John Wickham House and a $50,000 endowment to the City of Richmond to establish the museum.

Their collection of art and artifacts was the foundation of the exhibitions when the Valentine Museum opened in 1898. At the time, the Valentine Museum became the first private museum in the City of Richmond.

In August 2014, the museum changed its name to The Valentine and adopted the subtitle "Richmond Stories."

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