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Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

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Address: 901 Amherst St, Winchester, VA 22601-3305
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+1 888-556-5799
11:00 - 16:00
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Tue - Sun 11:00 - 16:00

The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV) is dedicated to preserving and...

The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV) is dedicated to preserving and enriching the cultural life and heritage of the Valley. This regional history complex includes a house dating to the eighteenth century, six acres of spectacular gardens, and a 50,000-square-foot museum featuring changing exhibitions, a permanent display of miniature houses, and an expansive gallery exploring the history and decorative arts of the Shenandoah Valley. The MSV also includes a Museum Store and café (admission not required). The galleries are open year-round; the house and gardens April through October. The MSV sits on land originally claimed by Winchester founder James Wood in 1735. The property was passed through generations of Wood and Glass families until being acquired by Wood descendant and MSV benefactor Julian Wood Glass Jr. (1910–1992) between 1952 and 1955. Glass and his partner at the time, R. Lee Taylor (1924–2000), worked together to transform the site and its Glen Burnie House—built in 1794 by James Wood’s son Robert—into a country retreat where the couple entertained in high style. 

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Don't miss this jewel!

Found this place on accident. Noticed the signs on the highway and decided to stop - boy are we glad we did. It was a Wednesday so it was free (another surprise)! We enjoyed... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
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Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Found this place on accident. Noticed the signs on the highway and decided to stop - boy are we glad we did. It was a Wednesday so it was free (another surprise)! We enjoyed the entire experience. The museum is clean and easy to see. The grounds are beautiful. Not crowded at all and I really enjoyed the gift shop.... More 

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Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This was a very nice museum to visit to learn about the area. My favorite parts were the display of miniatures and the tour of the gardens and house located on the property. All was donated by the family that occupied this land. Beautifully well kept and very interesting.

Thank Dana M
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I enjoyed my visit to this museum. It gives a nice history of the city and how it's grown into what it is today. When I was there they had a temporary exhibit of an artist that draws these beautiful pictures of Marvel and DC Comic characters. It was a really great collection. My only disappointment was that there wasn't... More 

Thank Tara A
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This small museum gives a good introduction to the area and its settlement history. Not a ton of artifacts, but admittedly there probably wasn't a lot of historical interest to cover. The miniature house exhibition is a real treat. The new museum building is nice and is well air-conditioned, but your visit wouldn't be complete without checking out the Glen... More 

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Grand Rapids, Minnesota
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had some time one morning our daughter said let try the museum. Great choice learned a lot about the history of the area and the gardens were beautiful

Thank waynesR4271EM
Winchester, Virginia
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3 reviews
Reviewed 1 week ago

Beautiful home and gardens. So much to see and do for everyone. Staff is very friendly and knowledgeable.

Thank cynda174
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not the most well curated museum on earth but interesting. Exhibits about the early settlement patterns and families were particularly interesting. It wasn't yet the right season for the garden tour.

Thank Kate P
Aldie, VA
2 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very interesting small museum covering Shenandoah Valley history. Nice setting and informative. gift shop has some great quilts!

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A friend of my who used to live in Winchester raved about this museum so I was looking forward to visiting. It costs $10 and sadly the only thing I saw of interest there was the temporary exhibit showcasing art/drawings by Alex Moss. He is a comic book artist and is fantastic. That was a good use of my money... More 

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We have been here a few times. Very nice exhibits. Lots of variety in the types of shows. Garden is nice with music one the warmer months. You can picnic too. I highly recommend it.

Thank Yvonne W

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