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Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

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Address: 901 Amherst Street, Winchester, VA 22601
Phone Number: +1 540-662-1473
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Description: The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV) is dedicated to preserving and...
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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Attended car show

Beautiful place. Nice family day. Lots of room for the kids to run. relaxing and go at your own pace. We attended a car show. It was free and full access to the museum and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015
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Winchester, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

Beautiful place. Nice family day. Lots of room for the kids to run. relaxing and go at your own pace. We attended a car show. It was free and full access to the museum and grounds. My mom was with us and she had a bottled water in the house (she is not well) But the lid was on it.... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 NEW

This is a very good museum and we spent 2 hours in the building. It is a class act with some modern elements like video interviews with relatives of certain prominent historic Valley families. Will tour the main residence and gardens next trip. Admission was reasonable.

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Charles Town, West Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

The museum is very strong on local agricultural and business and domestic style history, though significantly weak on local Civil War history and/or artifacts which was a bit dissapointing.

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Richmond, Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

The museum had interesting displays of life and art in the valley, including life of early settlers as well as those later. There were interesting art displays that include paintings as well as miniature houses. The museum also includes several acres of gardens.

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Winchester
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Just started going last year and now have attended both performances this year. Just join as a member and you will have many other benefits than just the music throughout the year.

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Washington, DC
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Go for the building, it was designed by one of the greatest of modern architects. The problem is the contents. The Valley has an amazing history and this museum cried out for more exhibits about contemporary Valley life.

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Destin, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Lovely grounds and gardens with a private residence open for viewing. The museum has several rotating exhibits. Mort Kinsler artwork, sketches, paintings were on exhibit - just fantastic. Docents areally informative and friendly.

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Winchester, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015 via mobile

My family loves going to the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. There's always a new and interesting exhibit to see. And the exhibits are quirky. In addition to the usual history of the Shenandoah Valley, you have rotating exhibits that focus on things like portraits or recycled art or Patsy Cline. The gardens are gorgeous, and they have interesting programming... More 

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Strasburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

What a beautiful place! It had been several years since my last visit there, but I was invited recently to a friend's art exhibit and reception, so I had some time to stroll through the entire museum. This place is a small gem in the a very beautiful setting! All the exhibits are very nice, and there is some incredible... More 

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Winchester, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

I've been to the museum 3-4 times now in the year I've lived in Winchester. They have a great Shenandoah Valley exhibit which is worthwhile to see. They also have a rotating exhibit which is has been great each time as well. Their real gem are their gardens and houses on the grounds of the museum. They are marvelous! On... More 

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Additional Information about Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

Address: 901 Amherst Street, Winchester, VA 22601
Phone Number: +1 540-662-1473
Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Winchester
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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