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Valentine Richmond History Center
1015 East Clay Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219
Voice: 804-649-0711

The Valentine Museum was founded in 1892 and opened in 1898, a legacy to Mann Valentine II, who made his vast collections available to the state and city. He wished to "preserve and accumulate objects of archaeology, anthropology, and other kindred art." The collections today encompass photography, documents, manuscripts, ephemera, decorative and fine arts as well as the largest costume and textile collections in the South.

When you visit the museum you will see many collections of items that have affected the history of Richmond. Beginning with some of the diverse Valentine collections you will see how the Valentine family made their wealth with the development of "Meat Juice". The Valentine's loved to collect many things from archaeological objects to fine art. Their house was filled with these collections. See the pictures of the Valentine house and how the museum has today replicated the displays.

There are many items from Richmond's past to see. There are lottery tickets from William Byrd III who would sell the tickets giving away pieces of his land to pay his gambling debts. There is a 1889 New Lee Stove which has an engraving of General Lee on the front of it.

The Sculpture Studio is that of Edward Valentine (1838-1930). It is only one of four surviving 19th century sculpture studios in the United States open to the public. The studio looks much as it did in 1910 when Edward retired. The studio has a vast collection of his work and shows different phases the sculptor goes through when creating this type of art. valentine specialized in portrait busts depicting Confederate leaders and international figures.

KAT'S VIEW

They had meat juice there, Meat Juice! There was a picture of a storage room of the house there. The picture showed how crowded it was. The family even kept skulls. The kept everything. And I mean EVERYTHING. Jewelry, gems, bones, and more all packed into these rooms. They had some morbid collections. There were lots of clothing too. Most of it was women's clothes.



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