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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 19 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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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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59 reviews 59 reviews
24 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 via mobile

Loved the exhibit and staff. Very informative guides in museum and house. Other reviews said it was a small museum so we didn't think we'd feel so rushed. Arrived around 2:30 and didn't realize that the museum, even the gardens, close at 4 PM. We barely got into half the rooms of the museum. They had a wonderful touring exhibit... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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55 reviews 55 reviews
25 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

A neat place to spend an afternoon. Well organized with interesting exhibits. Don't miss the gardens. Very relaxing....

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Woodstock, Virginia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

While having a visiting 4-H group from Minnesota in Virginia, we took the leader here for a visit and it was so interesting! The gardens are beautiful and the museum is neat and full of interesting displays. Was our first visit but will certainly not be our last. All the staff were so nice and a very nice gift shop... More

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Maurertown, Virginia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

We recently bought a family pass. Like the events they hold, gardens at night, music, lectures, exhibits, etc. always have a good time. The first place we like to bring out our of town guests to. Can wait to attend more events a for the kids to get older so they can participate in the day camps offered during the... More

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Falls Church, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Small and interesting with an excellent collection on local history and culture. Lucky enough to see the temporary Patsy Cline exhibit. Delightful display of miniature houses on display, a nice gift shop and small cafe. The adjoining gardens are remarkable, the home is being completely restored, I will return!

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Long Beach, Mississippi
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Not a very big museum, but very nice. Very informative. Did enjoy the gardens after we went to the museum. Friend saw behind the counter at the gardens there were audio handsets. He asked for them. Funny the person didn't ask if we wanted to rent one! Audio was a bonus!

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Winterville, North Carolina
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Went on a Wednesday and lucked out because it is free on that day. We would have been happy to have paid, it is worth it. Great exhibits. Looking at the house miniatures - WOW! The grounds around the house, calming, peaceful. Loved the pond area. Just don't eat at the Bonnie Blue. Expensive and wasn't that tasty. The house... More

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Baltimore, Maryland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I did not have a lot of time to explore the museum during my stay in the area unfortunately, but I definitely made my way to the garden area first and it was beautiful. Simply breath taking. Worth the visit, you won't regret it!

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Woodstock, virginia
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9 reviews 9 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

This museum was a pleasant surprise. The exhibits reflect the history of the Shenandoah Valley in several forms…history, culture, art, folk art, furnishings. On my last visit there was a special exhibit on country & western star Patsy Cline who is from the Shenandoah Valley near Winchester and while not an avid fan of the music the exhibit was interesting... More

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Wilmington, North Carolina
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

The Museum and its contents were a surprisingly good find and experience. The extensive information regarding all aspects of the surrounding Shenandoah Valley was fascinating and memorable. The Civil War exhibit was also outstanding. I only had one afternoon to spend at the museum, but will return to visit the areas I missed. The Patsy Cline exhibit was revealing and... More

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