Spot historic signs at The Valentine’s new exhibit

The “Sign Spotting” exhibit explores the history of Richmond signs, from neon advertisements to protest signs, and will remain open at The Valentine through May 31, 2024.


Explore Richmond’s history through signage at the new exhibit.

Images courtesy The Valentine

A new exhibit exploring the history of Richmond signs opened yesterday at the Valentine.

The visual history on display in “Sign Spotting” includes signs you’d recognize from iconic local businesses, such as the neon Robin Inn sign. It also has signs that illustrate Richmond’s complex history, like public facility signs from the Jim Crow era.

The museum is offering free admission tomorrow in honor of “Sign Spotting.” It also has free admission every Thursday. The exhibit is suitable for all ages will remain open through May 2024.

Pro tip: As it is currently in the midst of a major renovation, the Valentine parking lot is closed. Parking is available in the MCV Visitor Parking Deck at 529 N. 12th St. — get your parking validated at the front desk before leaving the museum. You can also walk, bike, or take the Pulse to the VCU Medical Center station.

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