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Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

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Address: 901 Amherst Street, Winchester, VA 22601
Phone Number: +1 540-662-1473
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Description: The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV) is dedicated to preserving and...
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. 
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This is a very new Museum, Had many exhibits of the valley, Pie Safes of the valley, Hub Cap Art, very different and inspiring and a fantastic Doll House exhibit and all hand... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
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Harrisonburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW

This is a very new Museum, Had many exhibits of the valley, Pie Safes of the valley, Hub Cap Art, very different and inspiring and a fantastic Doll House exhibit and all hand made.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

No, I wouldn't recommend this place. I have been to several museums in VA, NC, FL. This is one is the worse so far. Don't waste your money.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

This museum is very well organized and quite interesting. Since the area has a four season climate, the outdoor gardens are always changing. Do not miss touring the historic home on the grounds. If your schedule permits, be sure to eat at the Bonnie Blue cafe located in the main museum building. Our lunch there was outstanding! As with all... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 via mobile

My wife and I are members of the MSV. It's not only a Museum filled with valley history,it's much more. It has many different exhibits throughout the year. Outside music concerts in the summer. Bring a chair or a blanket to enjoy the food and your favorite beverages. Many beautiful gardens to tour day or night. Come visit us, please..

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Winchester, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015 via mobile

This museum is a tremendous asset to the Shenandoah Valley. A real tribute to the frontier people that established the area. Lots of good events, including amazing musical talent. The Valley has a lot to offer!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015 via mobile

I have enjoyed the museum now twice and the grounds even more often. I make a point of visiting now every time I visit winchester from Ohio. If you want war history this is not for you. This is a museum celebrating the arts of the Shenandoah valley. It also has the added bonus of being on the original land... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

This is a nice musem to check out if your in the area. It offers a good update of the history of the Shenandoah Valley.

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Richmond, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

I love this place! It's like a mini version of Maymount in Richmond VA but better kept! The gardens are lovely with tall trees and arches! I would love to have my wedding at this location.

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Winchester, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

This museum is newer as far as museums go. It's quite nice. Some exhibits are permanent and some temporary. The building is impressive. There's a small gift shop, and cafe. Adjacent to the museum is an old historic home with beautiful grounds--a must see while there.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

My daughter, my grandson, and I enjoyed a very informative and exciting event. My grandson Aiden, a six year old at that time, who's constantly on the go was able to keep his attention on so many things in the museum. Displays were in chronological order with detailed history.

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