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Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

Address: 901 Amherst Street, Winchester, VA 22601
Phone Number: +1 540-662-1473
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Ranked #2 of 15 Attractions in Winchester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
Owner description: The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV) is dedicated to preserving and enriching the cultural...
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Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Sights & Landmarks, Museums
Hours:
Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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. 

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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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Winchester, Virginia
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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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Mt Holly, NJ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

The museum is just off Hwy 50, a short drive from Stephens City and Winchester. Admission is free to museum and a small fee to see Glenn Burne homestead. The homestead was closed, but museum was open with a unique display of hub cap art. There is also a section about the valley, as well as doll houses with handmade... More 

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Winchester, Virginia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014

Very well displayed items related to Shenandoah Valley and civil war history! Great events and gardens!

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Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Eclectic is a soft phrase when confronted with the treasure-trove found at this address. As we ambled past this esoteric and beautifully curated collection of clocks, quilts, pottery, chairs, tables and folk art, we were awed by the dimension of these displays. Quite extra-ordinary . The home yielded magnificent doll houses, meticulously furnished complete with working crystal chandeliers. Life during... More 

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San Cristobal de las Casas, Mexico
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33 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

I went here with my sister-in-law, who had previously been a staff volunteer here. Since what was once primarily a museum has now been dedicated more to renting space for events, some rooms have been cleared of furniture and gardens appeared to be untended. This is understandable of course, as such places must often struggle somehow for funding.

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Romulus, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Full of Americana furniture and history, even my 15 year old enjoyed it! Had been there earlier in the year and saw a fantastic Patsy cline exhibit.

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Winchester, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This is really a crown jewel of Winchester & worth the trip. The handmade doll houses are exceptional, plus the changing exhibitions. Enter by noon on Wednesdays for free admission! Cafe on premises. Outdoor gardens in spring/summer/fall are beautiful. Outdoor evening concerts in the summer are very well attended & feature excellent & diverse groups.

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Winchester VA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

If you are interested in learning about one of the absolute "Gardens Sports" of our great nation I can't think of a better place to start. The themes of their displays change quite often, so multiple visits are suggested. There are subjects of interest for all ages, thus be sure to bring the entire family. The Shenandoah Valley is filled... More 

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