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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 17 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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Winterville, North Carolina
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

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
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

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
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

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
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

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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Saylorsburg, Pennsylvania
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53 reviews 53 reviews
13 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We are a family of 5 (including 3 kids ages 8-almost 16.) We really enjoyed the gardens. We had only a short time in the museum. We wished we had longer because the displays are very well done and informative. We hope to visit again sometime.

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Emporia, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

A modern and up to date regional museum. We specifically went to see the exhibit about Patsy Cline which was outstanding. Also enjoyed the exhibit of pie safes and the permanent exhibit on life in the Shenandoah Valley.

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Potomac, Maryland
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21 reviews 21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

This is a serious collection dedicated to the history and culture of the Shenandoah Valley housed in a modern facility, sited on the grounds of the former estate of a wealthy and colorful descendant of a pioneering family, Julian Wood Glass, and his long-time partner, Lee Taylor. As such, along with exhibitions of academic interest, you get to stroll through... More

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Lancaster, Pennsylvania
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38 reviews 38 reviews
17 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We met our friends here before continuing down the valley to our condo. It was a nice museum. They had exhibits on Patsy Cline and pie safes, as well as the more general permanent exhibit on the Shenandoah Valley itself and its history (from colonial times through to the present). We ate lunch in the attached café and were very... More

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Meadville, Pennsylvania
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24 reviews 24 reviews
17 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

This was nice if you wanted an overview of local history but we thought there would be more about the Civil War and there simply wasn;t. I thought the $10 fee per adult was too much for what we got . I would not recommend it UNLESS you want a review of the local history.

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Arlington, Virginia
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

Finding this museum was a pleasant surprise. I ran across it while researching online for pie safes. The museum has excellent exhibition of some forty forms of Shenandoah Valley food safes, which runs into 2015. There is also a very good exhibition on the life of Winchester local Patsy Cline. We were fortunate to see it before it closes on... More

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