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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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first class museum experience

Excellent coverage of the shenandoah experience, good for all ages. A lot to see, several rooms of different material, so everyone will find something of interest

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Ellicott City, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Excellent coverage of the shenandoah experience, good for all ages. A lot to see, several rooms of different material, so everyone will find something of interest

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley is one of the newest and most formidable showcases in the country. Designed by architect Michael Graves and opened to the public in 2005, it is located at 901 Amherst Street in Winchester, Virginia. The museum contains four main galleries and interprets the art, history and culture of the great valley for which it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Stopped by the other day. $10 admission. The museum was a little boring, but the gardens are very nice. They are worth the price of admission. I recommend 2 hours to see everything.

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New Bern, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We arrived not knowing it was an no admission fee weekend. The exhibits were great. I thoroughly enjoyed the paintings and gardens. On this day the second building was open and I was shocked to see a Gilbert Stuart painting there. Also hanging were botanical paintings and drawings that were exquisite. If you are near Winchester/ Front Royal and want... More 

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Hamden, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We had a great day at this museum. Interesting exhibits about early life in the Shenandoah valley. The gem of this place to me were the gardens and former home of Glen Bernie. Nice place for a picnic lunch with family. There is a fee, but Wednesday's are free!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Museum is housed in a modern nonediscrit building. History gallery is heavy on domestic life and women's issues through the years some good folk art and an amazing doll house collection round out the museum histrical collection. Most of the rest of the museum is dovoted to Mr. Woods personal art collection and special exbits. The real attraction here are... More 

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Winchester, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 via mobile

Beautiful place. Nice family day. Lots of room for the kids to run. relaxing and go at your own pace. We attended a car show. It was free and full access to the museum and grounds. My mom was with us and she had a bottled water in the house (she is not well) But the lid was on it.... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

This is a very good museum and we spent 2 hours in the building. It is a class act with some modern elements like video interviews with relatives of certain prominent historic Valley families. Will tour the main residence and gardens next trip. Admission was reasonable.

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Charles Town, West Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

The museum is very strong on local agricultural and business and domestic style history, though significantly weak on local Civil War history and/or artifacts which was a bit dissapointing.

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Richmond, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

The museum had interesting displays of life and art in the valley, including life of early settlers as well as those later. There were interesting art displays that include paintings as well as miniature houses. The museum also includes several acres of gardens.

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