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Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Winchester

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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.

Admission is not needed to shop in the Museum Store. Every Wednesday the site is open free of charge.



The Museum is open year-round, and the gardens are open seasonally (April though October). The site is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, and closed Monday, Thanksgiving, December 24 and 25, and January 1.

Museum Store Hours: Tue.-Sun: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
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  • Beautiful grounds and historic house. Museum with a permanent exhibit of the Shenandoah Valley history and traveling exhibits that are always interesting. Great place to spend half a day or just strol...  more »
  • 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, artifac...  more »
  • 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...  more »
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  • Drove here from Charlottesville to see the Mucha exhibit that was there at the time. Bit of a road trip but scenic and who knew such a wonderful art museum was tucked away in Winchester?! Looks like a nicely packed events calendar (the graphic design was fabulously done.) Next time I have to explore the town.
  • Great displays, events, and special shows, everything from Elvis to historical portraits. It has the entire history of the Shenandoah Valley from Neolithic to current event. Great family place, beautiful gardens, and interesting programs. Try it!
  • The house and gardens are lovely, and they host a variety of events throughout the year. The Gardens at Night concerts during the summer months are a blast! The museum is a great source of local history, and they bring in some fabulous temporary exhibits.
  • A really nice museum, and a bit of a surprise in Winchester. Beautiful building and some nice permanent exhibits. We went for an Alphonse Mucha exhibit, which was really well done.
  • I went on a Wednesday with friends which includes a free entrance fee. It's a nice museum along with their gardens, highly recommended for a family trip.