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Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

901 Amherst Street, Winchester, VA 22601
+1 540-662-1473
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Ranked #1 of 18 attractions in Winchester
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: History Museums
Owner description: The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV) is dedicated to preserving and enriching the cultural life and heritage of the Valley. This regional history... more » Owner description: 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.  « less
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Winchester, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

This is a great place to look at local exhibits as well as special exhibits brought to our area. I visited the museum several months ago but did not rate it at that time.

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Media PA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

Pros - we were pleasantly surprised to learn that this museum offers free admission on Wednesday morning! The docent who gave the talk on Valley history was interesting and knowledgeable. They have the communion service from Old Stone Augusta Presbyterian Church on display - my ancestors were founding members of this church, so this was a thrill for me. Museum... More

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Lakeland, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014

It is full of the history of the Shenandoah Valley; so any history buff will love it! Also the gift shop is by far one of the best we have encountered at a museum.

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Vienna, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Went too early for the garden & knew the house was still under renovation so didn't expect a lot. Was very happy to have gone. The exhibits were very well presented, good interactive stations. Beautiful short film on the Shenandoah and interesting history on many varied topics from the local native people's history to the early settlers. Amazingly detailed miniature... More

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White Post, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

Locals probably don't visit this place because they take it for granted. When I have visiting relatives, this is one of the "must see" places. It gives such a nice representation of what the Valley has to offer. The gift shop always has wonderful options. I've not yet had the opportunity to take in any refreshments, but will be sure... More

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Winechester
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

The visit was very nice all the tour guides were very nice and clean-cut. The garden were beautiful and the stories behind it all were fun to listen to.

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Centreville, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

Quaint garden tour. Main Mansion was under reconstruction but looking forward to visit this Spring. Patsy Kline exhibit was great

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Smyrna, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

This museum looks very new. The staff was extremely friendly and informative. The history exhibits are very well done and everything is very clean and neat. The "changing exhibit" was all about Patsy Cline while we were there, and it too was very well done. Would have been great to be there in warm weather to tour the gardens as... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2014

We went here for a surprise 50th wedding anniversary. The museum and grounds are beautiful. There is some art there, I really was looking forward to seeing some. They had a great exhibit of miniature homes that someone who lived on the property built they were amazing. Had a Patsy Cline tribute, that was good as well. Now for the... More

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Shepherdstown, West Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2014

The museum is well worth a visit when there is a good visiting/temporary exhibition. In 2013 there was a great American Impressionism show. The Patsy Cline exhibit is interesting to us country music fans, but maybe not so much to others. The permanent exhibition is almost entirely local history and handicrafts, with top quality pieces, but maybe not of interest... More

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