The Valentine First Freedom Center, Richmond

4.4
#24 of 26 in Museums in Richmond
The Valentine First Freedom Center is a nonsectarian, politically-neutral organization whose mission is to commemorate and educate about freedom of religion and conscience as proclaimed in Thomas Jefferson’s Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom. This 1786 Virginia law, brilliantly shepherded through the General Assembly by James Madison, laid the ideological groundwork for the religion clauses of the First Amendment and has served as a model for other state constitutions and constitutions around the world. It is considered the essential counterpart to the Declaration of Independence.

The Valentine First Freedom Center teaches the extraordinary history that led to Virginia’s declaration of non-establishment and free exercise, and shows how these Jeffersonian principles continue shedding light on every public matter involving religious liberty. The center's current location is positioned on the same site where Virginia’s temporary capitol stood in Richmond and where the statute was enacted.

Convenient parking is available at the 14th Street Parking Deck (1410 S. Cary Street). Parking rates are by the hour. No attendant is on site; credit/debit card or cash is required to pay by machine when exiting. Metered on-street parking is also available, as are other area lots.
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  • This is a small place, but so important. Don't we take our religious freedom for granted? This museum explains how it all came about.... and it all started here in Richmond.  more »
  • Very small but quaint, informative exhibit highlighting important moments of freedom in this country. It's a nice little museum that is worth a 30 minute stop. Not much more to say about it. Stop in w...  more »
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  • Saw the Religious Freedom exhibit. They did a really nice job, very interesting!
  • A small contemplative space, which explores the Virginia Statue of Religious Freedom. This space is attached to the Marriott hotel, but has its own entrance on the corner.
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