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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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Good history of the valley

This is a very good place to learn all about the valley. Very nice art gallery also on site. Take a stroll through the gardens. I enjoyed that as well.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 18, 2015
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Port Orchard, Washington
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Port Orchard, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

This is a very good place to learn all about the valley. Very nice art gallery also on site. Take a stroll through the gardens. I enjoyed that as well.

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Washington, DC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Exhibits about area history and people were thoughtful and comprehensive. Art collection had some great paintings of civil war.

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Falling Waters, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

You could spend a whole day here roaming the beautiful grounds and Glen Burnie Mansion. I personally visited last Saturday to see Mort Kunstler and get some artwork signed by him. His "The Art of Adventure" tour just opened up and runs through 8/2/15 and is a wonderful art adventure and exhibit through his six decades of art. Mort Kunstler... More 

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Danville, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

We stopped at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley on a trip further south, looking for a place to relax and stretch our legs for a few hours. This was the perfect spot! The museum is very nice, not huge (as it appears on the outside), but full of good exhibits. The museum does a good job of giving a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015 via mobile

A little bit of everything; history, art, architecture, and gardens. There are special events throughout the year so check thier web. I loved the gallery of minatures!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

My husband and I were engaged here in the rose gardens. The museum and grounds are beautiful and peaceful. Glen Burnie is full of history and it's humbling to walk these grounds. The staff were extremely nice and we throughly our visit.

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Winchester, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

A nicely presentated series of collections relating to the history of Shenandoah Valley, personal collections, exhibits on loan, changing exhibits, beautiful gardens. The MSV has tours, lectures, classes on crafts, cultural interests, plantings/gardens and activities geared towards kids/youth. Also had a cafe' and gift shop. Well worth the visit !

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Harrisonburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

This is a very new Museum, Had many exhibits of the valley, Pie Safes of the valley, Hub Cap Art, very different and inspiring and a fantastic Doll House exhibit and all hand made.

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

No, I wouldn't recommend this place. I have been to several museums in VA, NC, FL. This is one is the worse so far. Don't waste your money.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

This museum is very well organized and quite interesting. Since the area has a four season climate, the outdoor gardens are always changing. Do not miss touring the historic home on the grounds. If your schedule permits, be sure to eat at the Bonnie Blue cafe located in the main museum building. Our lunch there was outstanding! As with all... More 

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