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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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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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The museum is beautiful! We stopped by and enjoyed the permanent exhibit on life in the Shenandoah, and also enjoyed the traveling show (Alphonse Mucha). Everyone was warm and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Alexandria, Virginia
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Alexandria, Virginia
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51 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The museum is beautiful! We stopped by and enjoyed the permanent exhibit on life in the Shenandoah, and also enjoyed the traveling show (Alphonse Mucha). Everyone was warm and friendly. Good place to take the kids.

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Southern Maryland
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

In addition to nicely capturing the history and culture of the Shenandoah Valley, this very modern museum has impressive rotating exhibits. At the time of my visit they were showcasing Alphonse Mucha's lithographs from his time in Paris.

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Annandale, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I don't know if I'd want to go to this museum unless there was a particular exhibit that I was interested in seeing. The Alphonse Mucha exhibit was amazing, though! And all of the staff were very nice.

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

great exhibits, curator very knowledgeable, helpful, Glen Burine was beautiful, liked the gardens and miniatures in dollhouse

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Gloucester, va
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Beautifully maintained building and adjoining gardens. Gardens are part of national association of botanical gardens, so our membership at Lewis Ginter in Richmond was honored. Museum celebrates cultural history of the Shenandoah Valley. Also a unique collection of miniature home displays including a model of Lee Hall plantation. On our visit, a visiting collection of Elvis photos was a pleasant... More 

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West Chester, Pennsylvania, United States
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We read reviews and were excited to get to this museum and were surprised and disappointed. It is mostly an art museum that has little to do with the region. Other displays were not connected so the overall effect was a mish-mash of art and objects. The building is large and full of light. There were guides to answer questions... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I enjoyed walking around the grounds and gardens of the Glen Burnie house for several hours. Amazing diversity there: several water gardens, vegetable and flower gardens, open meadows, many places to sit and rest, and carefully labeled plants and trees throughout.

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a very pleasant visit here. The stag were friendly and helpful. Interesting exhibits about the Shenandoah and wonderful art collection. I particularly enjoy the Art Nouveau exhibit but I think it ends this month.

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Thank MagsHels
Winchester, Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a nice museum with different things to see. There is an art gallery, a beautiful historic home, pretty gardens, and a little history. This is a place designed for adults and senior citizens. This was not interesting to my 11 year old, 13 year old, and especially 4 year old. There used to be a really good restaurant... More 

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Northern Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My husband and I enjoyed the excellent quality of exhibits that encompassed art, crafts, and Shenandoah Valley history. Allow at least four hours if you plan to visit the museum, house and gardens.

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