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Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Winchester

Categories: Art Museums, History Museums, Museums
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4.6/5 based on 320+ reviews on the web
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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  • We've enjoyed the MSV since it opened. During the last few years they have added summer outdoor concerts, and excellent temporary exhibits, as well as an informative and interesting permanent collecti...  read more »
  • During a recent visit to the area, this was one of our planned stops. I enjoyed that there were several medium offerings at the museum. There were articles that you could look at, videos, and photos. ...  read more »
  • My husband and I spent about 4 hours here. The museum was divided into several sections. There was an amazing exhibit of miniature houses and furniture. I didn't realize how many people collected thes...  read more »
  • 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.
  • An eclectic collection of art and local lore that appeals to adults and children alike. The museum and garden grounds combine to form a double dose of delights! Within a stone's throw of funky downtown Winchester, this place is very much worth a visit.
  • Great big local museum. Arts, crafts, furniture, dollhouses. Historic house and gardens too.
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