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Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

901 Amherst Street, Winchester, VA 22601
+1 540-662-1473
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Ranked #2 of 21 Attractions in Winchester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Historic Sites
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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Columbus, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014 NEW

The hubcap art display was odd but the historical areas were very nicely done and informative. The folks at the front desk were very friendly and helpful. The gardens outside were nice, but I did not get to spend much time there. I will be back to do that.

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Boones Mill, Virginia
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Very enjoyable museum with very friendly and knowledgeable doncents. It's new, modern and you can cover it all in 2 hours. There is truly a great deal of reading involved in the displays if you have the patience to pursue the facts. Great exhibits of art, tools, history, miniatures, dioramas, personalities, etc. This is a museum designed with great care.... More

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Cresson, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

We visited on a Thursday in October. The recycled hubcap artwork display was unique. The collection of food safes and where in the valley and in what time they were popular was informative. The gardens were mostly over for the season, but the pathways thru them and the d1fferent types of gardens were still nice. The restored Glen Burnie house... More

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Kutztown, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014 via mobile

We found this hidden gem awhile ago and love going. Included in the adult admission of $10 is the beautiful garden, historic 1793 home and the terrific regional museum which covers the Shenandoah Valley--history, geography, economics. Interesting current exhibit from Landfill art has hundreds of great art work using hubcaps. Do not miss this excellent exhibit.Free admission under the reciprocal... More

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

We visited the museum on a Tuesday and there was no admission fee that day. The museum is not large, but it was very interesting to learn about the history of the Shenandoah Valley. They had a fun kids friendly exhibit with a hands on activity. We enjoyed learning about recycled art and the hubcap art was amazing. I love... More

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NC
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

We decided to stop in after reading the reviews on tripadvisor and were not disappointed! The kids enjoyed the hands in exhibits. We learned a lot! The garden was gorgeous. Highly recommend!

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Herndon, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

This was one of the first locations we visited in Winchester and found it so nice that we joined as members even though we don't live in the area. We enjoy receiving updates of their activities and exhibits and often go back just to see what's new. Lovely place!

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Winchester, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

This museum is fantastic. It is professionally curated and the folks that work there are delightfully nice valley locals who can answer any and all of your questions. If you are wondering anything at all about the Shenandoah Valley -- what it is, where its boundaries are, what makes it culturally unique, what its history is, what its present is,... More

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Stephens City, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

Living in Stephens City makes it so easy to enjoy all the historical sites of Winchester. The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley has an annual pass available for students for only $15. This pass gets a student into the museum exhibits and gardens all year long. My daughter is a student, and with her pass, she enjoyed touring the displays... More

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Reston, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

From topography to a history of the people who have lived in the region, the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley showcases a range of information about this unique part of the United States. Displays are attractive, and the museum personnel are very knowledgeable, helpful and friendly. Visitors could easily spend a day here, because the experience also includes the property's... More

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