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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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  • Visited on a beautiful fall day and really enjoyed the exhibit of Patsy Cline. Went a few years before for Elvis Presley exhibits. Both were great and the displays were very worthwhile. Had to hurry t...  more »
  • Beautiful gardens and grounds. Loads of local history. Wednesday's are free admission. Friendly and knowledgeable staff.  more »
  • We were in Winchester for our grandson's graduation. Had some time to kill before the event. Saw the museum in a flyer in the motel. The museum was reasonably priced and offered a senior discount. We ...  more »
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  • I love this museum especially the gardens. I've visited multiple times this year with my 2year old. He likes walking around and see all the statues and the water. The geese and ducks are also a big hit. I like the vegetable garden and the Japanese garden. Beautiful! They have some nice exhibits in the main building.
  • Excellent customer service by all the staff upon entering the museum to obtain tickets. The $8 "Sr" fee is such a small price for what you gain in an afternoon of sheer delight and education. After enjoying the museum, the " Glen Burnie" plantation self guided tour is absolutely phenomenal. The beautiful gardens of daffodils, grape hyacinths and other early Spring flowers, roses( not in bloom yet) vegetables (planting today), herbs and the Japanese "Tea" garden is so peaceful with the stone paths, small gurgling waterfalls, little streams throughout, the secret hideaways and beautiful green rolling lawns with rock prominences. The cemetery carries you back into another space in time when life was so very much different. Don't miss the pink house, with its' special windows, that when opened, allowed you to stroll right out into the yard to enjoy the statutes and greenery. I thank all that hold this place so dear and offer it for our enjoyment. You are so dedicated and it shows.
  • A beautiful museum with so much to see. I was so impressed by the friendliness of the volunteers. I cannot wait to return!
  • The gardens are beautiful. It's a very elegant house. Well worth the trip.
  • Entertaining, educational, very well kept, good people to guide you. Excellent music during summer, gorgeous gardens.