Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Winchester

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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, seven 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 (admission not required). The galleries are open year-round; the house and gardens April through December.

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 visit the Museum Store. Every Wednesday the site is open free of charge to individuals and families (fees apply for groups of 10 or more).



The Museum is open year-round, and the gardens are open seasonally (April though October). The site is closed Mondays.
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  • Wonderful exhibits about the area and wonderful travelling exhibits are brought in. Worth stopping to see.  more »
  • 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 ...  more »
  • 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 ...  more »
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  • What s wonderful place! We went to see the animal at exhibit and then to story time. The grounds were lovely and we stayed to picnic. The kids had a ton of fun climbing on large rocks and then walking in the Asian gardens.
  • Visited with my sister and mom for Mother's Day 2016. The gardens were only starting to bloom and still being constructed, yet the walk through was still highly worthwhile with dozens of photogenic spots. We also visited the museum, which I found impressive despite living in the area my whole life. The gift shop was also a great addition. I can't wait to visit when the gardens are in full bloom.
  • Beautiful museum! We traveled more than an hour to see the Virginia Watercolor Society exhibition and were delighted with that and the other exhibitions at the museum. Also includes a historic home and gardens. A great way to spend half a day!
  • My friend (who were/are local area teachers) and I went because we were interested to see if it was somewhere we could take our students on a field trip or could recommend to other teachers but the staff followed us around so inappropriately that we were uncomfortable and couldn't even enjoy ourselves because they kept interrupting us and acting like we were going to try to steal something. We do NOT recommend this place at all.
  • Great place in the Valley! It offers wonderful rotating art attractions, local history and absolutely beautiful grounds! We always make sure to bring out of town guests to MSV! Never disappoints!

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