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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 16 Attractions in Winchester
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums
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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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The Hague, The Netherlands
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99 reviews 99 reviews
50 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014 via mobile

One word to describe this museum... Eclectic. From hub cap art to food safes to a complete history of the Shenandoah Valley. This museum has it all. The guide/docents are very friendly and know all about the exhibits. There is enough to do for young and old. Lastly, it's just such a welcoming place. If you want to see the... More

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Brampton, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

It was good to get some background and insight into the minds of those who pushed to build these roads and make this mountain range so accessible to us today.

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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 via mobile

This is a nice regional area museum. The staff was very friendly, and engaged us in order to point things out numerous times as we walked through both the museum and the Glen Burnie house. The miniature houses were very well done. The hubcap display was, to my surprise, actually quite interesting. Overall, this was a very enjoyable, as well... More

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Columbus, Ohio
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

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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21 reviews 21 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

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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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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 attraction reviews
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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