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Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

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Address: 901 Amherst Street, Winchester, VA 22601
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+1 540-662-1473
10:00 - 16:00
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 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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The fine art section included some Corots, a Whistler and other American & European artists in a medium gallery. The rest of the museum at the time we were there was Shenandoah... read more

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washington, dc
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The fine art section included some Corots, a Whistler and other American & European artists in a medium gallery. The rest of the museum at the time we were there was Shenandoah Valley history, artifacts,and furniture which is worth a stop.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Great little museum filled with history of the Shenandoah Valley. It also features a temporary exhibit that changes frequently, my family and I viewed the movie theatre costume display which was great.

Thank Andrea M
Winchester, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

First class museum, beautiful, new building, excellent exhibits, outstanding guides! The museum offers a comprehensive history of the valley and includes changing art exhibits.

Thank Ann F
Arlington, VA
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23 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Drove in out of curiosity and had a wonderful time. Admission is free on Wednesdays. Local history and a little bit of everything else. They have a lot of activities and we plan to join this year.

Thank doowahdiddynotacity
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This new museum is a must place to visit. Most of it is dedicated to the history of the Shenandoah Valley but it also has a major art exhibition and some fantastic miniature models of vintage homes constructed like large doll houses. The work is incredibly detailed.

Thank Kenneth H
Hagerstown, Maryland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The dollhouses are incredible and the history of the area displays were well done!!!! I was disappointed with the Glen Burnie house. I was looking forward to seeing the house decorated in the fabulous decor...and I wanted to compare it to the amazing dollhouse...since they say you almost can't tell the difference in pictures. But sadly they took out the... More 

Thank Mfclingan
Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

The permanent display of historical items along with videos, really gave me a great understanding of the area. Interesting how they described how the changing climate, brought change to the valley both with the inhabitants and the vegetation. Smaller areas with painting could be done quickly, but a good way to spend a couple hours especially if you visit the... More 

Thank Christopher M
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

This museum is so impressive! Currently they have an exhibit of Black History Quilts that is superb. The skill in depicting all the diverse experiences is outstanding. I like to sew and have seen many quilts, but nothing that compares to the pictorial quilts on display for the month of December---a must see. This museum isn't limited to quilts. Their... More 

Thank Bud and Juanita W
Martinsburg, West Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

Excellent place to go too local history as well as a variety of rotating art displays. Excellent gardens for seasonal viewing.

Thank Richard L
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

Depending on your level of interest, you can spend 1-5 hours here. Since the buildings close at 4 pm, we only had 1 1/2 hours and barely got through the historical exhibits on the second floor. We had no time for the temporary exhibits on the first floor, including quilts, nor any of the outside exhibits in the gardens surrounding... More 

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