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Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

901 Amherst St, Winchester, VA 22601-3305
+1 888-556-5799
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AN excellent introduction to the Valley's history and culture

This Museum is located in a modern building, designed by American architect Michael Graves. The... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Gabriel H
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Bellaire, Texas, United States
Cultural Resource

Visit! Excellent! The standing exhibit provides an extensive and accessible history of the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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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901 Amherst St, Winchester, VA 22601-3305
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+1 888-556-5799
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This Museum is located in a modern building, designed by American architect Michael Graves. The exhibits are beautifully displayed and illuminated. The permanent collection includes a number of items that collectively describe the lifestyle of Virginians living in this area for the past several centuries:...More

Thank Gabriel H
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Visit! Excellent! The standing exhibit provides an extensive and accessible history of the Shenandoah Valley.

Thank Lisa F
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Reviewed 16 March 2018

Visited the Museum while in Winchester. Displays were nicely done. Moving from section to section seems a bit disjointed as from paintings to historical objects then indian crafts.

Thank Art L
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Reviewed 6 March 2018

The museum is great lots of interesting things to see/learn about and Glen Burnie (the home and the gardens is there as well). You won't wan tto miss that either.

Thank Tami B
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Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

Live in Winchester since 1975. Learned much more than I thought about the area. Beautiful museum and the special exhibits are great and always changing.

Thank Harry L
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Reviewed 14 February 2018 via mobile

Live near and often frequent the new exhibits. Nice place to take folks visiting. On a nice day the gardens are a must as it is filled with surprises.

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Reviewed 11 February 2018 via mobile

Daughter and i visited here as we were held over waiting for va beach blizza rd of 2018 to allow us entrance to regent university. The museum was fun and clarified some of civil war history of t he shenandoah valley campaigns. Also just general...More

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Reviewed 22 January 2018

Wonderful exhibits about the area and wonderful travelling exhibits are brought in. Worth stopping to see.

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Reviewed 3 January 2018

We are big museum lovers and thought when we planned to move to Winchester that this small-ish city would have little if any museum culture. We were so wrong! We found this beautiful museum set on an expansive property with a long history. Plenty of...More

Thank t c
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Reviewed 24 December 2017 via mobile

I’ve visited this museum and historic house 4 times now and each time has been a joy. The museum is laid out well, with multiple rooms and hallways for visiting shows. This most recent visit included an impressive Virginia Watercolor Society show. They move items...More

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Response from apdemas | Reviewed this property |
No, they've got some snacks for sale in the gift store, but nothing like a sit-down place where you can order food.
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