We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

Certificate of Excellence
Sponsored by:
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Sponsored by:
Get directions
Address: 901 Amherst Street, Winchester, VA 22601
Phone Number: +1 540-662-1473
Improve this listing
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV) is dedicated to preserving...

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. 

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 247 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 158
  • 74
    Very good
  • 12
  • 2
  • 1
Love the gardens!

The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley is a unique attraction here in Winchester, VA. On Wednesdays admission is free. The Museum changes exhibits often enough that keeps locals... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Melinda W
Winchester, Virginia
Add Photo Write a Review

247 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Rate and write a review
Roll over, then click to rate
  Click to rate
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Winchester, Virginia
Level Contributor
12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley is a unique attraction here in Winchester, VA. On Wednesdays admission is free. The Museum changes exhibits often enough that keeps locals coming back to see what's new. There's something to see for everyone, even children! The gardens are something my own children love to wander in (three energetic boys) and they always notice... More 

Thank Melinda W
Level Contributor
9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Enjoyed a brief visit to this small museum. I will go back as I was there to see the portrait exhibit and had a little time afterwards to walk through the costume exhibit and very briefly spent time in their permanent exhibit on the history of the Shenandoah Valley. It whet my appetite to visit again. Nice to go to... More 

Thank TerryVA
Winchester, Virginia
Level Contributor
17 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I brought my good friend and out of town guest to the museum to see the gorgeous grounds in bloom in spring, but the interactive content inside the museum kept us entertained and engaged for hours! They also have great activities for kids.

Thank Haley d
Staten Island, New York
Level Contributor
3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful grounds, free admission on Wednesday was a nice surprise, great exhibits, staff were very friendly and helpful.

Thank TSD51
Aurora, Colorado
Level Contributor
255 reviews
84 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We visited here for the first time in October with friends and I would recommend it highly. I think we paid $10 (old person discount) and I thought it was well worth it. That gets you a self-guided tour of the museum as well as the grounds and the Glen Burnie house and gardens. There were some excellent exhibits in... More 

Thank MT1
Amherst, Virginia
Level Contributor
166 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

This museum provides an excellent overview of the history, geology, people, and places of the Shenandoah Valley. Is it great for both adults and children alike. It has an interesting collection of paintings, furniture and pottery from the area.

1 Thank btaes1
Level Contributor
22 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

Enjoyed the variety of gardens and animal and plant species. Sunny and warm gave me the opportunity to take lots of pictures to enjoy at a later time

Thank Hydeco1965ac
Charlottesville, Virginia
Level Contributor
78 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

A perfectly executed story-boards, and numerous artifacts, we found the museum to be interesting and just the right mix of facts and historical information regarding the Shenandoah Valley. The museum is modern, clean and well care for, impressive for a smaller regional museum. There are lovely gardens and then a historical home on the grounds that is worth a visit... More 

Thank jedidiah1899
Level Contributor
67 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

From the moment you enter this museum until you leave, be prepared to be impressed and charmed. Well laid out, easy to see and appreciate all the different collections offered of well thought out displays. Don't miss the movies offered! The miniature doll houses are a treat for young and old and probably the best miniature furniture collection I have... More 

1 Thank sweetlizziec
Princeton, New Jersey
Level Contributor
155 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2015

Wonderful location for an outdoor wedding under tent. Gardens provide the perfect setting for ceremony, garden cocktails and then reception.

Thank BayHeadTravelinBear

Travelers who viewed Museum of the Shenandoah Valley also viewed


Been to Museum of the Shenandoah Valley? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Museum of the Shenandoah Valley staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?