Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

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Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley
4.5
Art Museums • History Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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 galleries are open year-round; the house and gardens April through October. 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.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Vicki R
Edinburg, Virginia, United States23 contributions
Oct 2021
Special exhibits have all been excellent and the permanent exhibits of Shenandoah Valley artifacts is very educational. In addition, there are acres of different types of gardens and a manor house, parts of which were built in 1794, is beautifully restored. And now there are hiking trails!
Written November 3, 2021
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Julia H
St. Augustine, FL37 contributions
Jun 2021 • Couples
Nice Museum! Enjoyed the the Norman Rockwell exhibit immensely. We loved the gardens too. Beautiful grounds with nice Japanese garden
Written June 6, 2021
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Charles W
1 contribution
Jun 2021
The directors of the museum should be ashamed of themselves charging $15 a person admission. I refused to pay $30 for myself and 13 yr. old son, even after driving 25 miles. I wonder what founders Julian Wood Glass, Jr. and R. Lee Taylor would think about the museum's pretense of civility while bludgeoning patrons with high entrance fees.
Written June 3, 2021
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Sally R
San Pedro, Belize3 contributions
Nov 2020
I visited the MSV to walk the newly opened trail and was not disappointed. It was really nice. Had some great climbing trees for kids, sculptures, a silo with a bird mobile inside. The main building was open and had nice big clean restrooms. The gift shop is nice. There was some art on the walls in hallways that was o.k. until I got to picture of Frieda Kalho with her vagina front and center. That was too bad as it is available for children to see if they are going to restrooms. Who signed off on that!!?
Written November 27, 2020
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aroundtheworld_FC
Winchester, VA25 contributions
Oct 2020
I love going to the MSV! I've been a member for a while now and always discover something new with each and every visit. The gardens are amazing in the late summer-early fall and the main museum has wonderful rotating exhibits (I got to see a few Warhol's and a Lichtenstein just the other day) as well as a nice permanent collection.
Written November 1, 2020
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Gene R J
Silver Spring, MD6,983 contributions
Sep 2020
We visited here to get exposure to the history of this valley settled in the 18th-19th C by the attraction of its excellent farmland. The museum is a large building with offices and workshops on the entry level and the main galleries on the 2nd floor. In the Painting Exhibitions, I was attracted to 1911 "Woodhouse Water Garden" by Gaines Ruger Donoho and 1967 "Marilyn Monroe" by Andy Warhol. Permanent displays in the largest gallery included historic furniture, kitchenware and all manner of local tools, while high quality "miniature houses" with furniture filled another.
This is an excellent use of 1 hour and on Wednesdays its free.
Written September 9, 2020
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WVUfan88
Martinsburg, WV223 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
We took our nephews to see the Bug exhibit. Very nice gardens to stroll through and the bamboo garden is very neat. We even saw a rare black squirrel.
Enjoyed the museum. One of our nephews is a huge President buff and absolutely love the info on Georgia Washington.
Nice place to visit that isn’t a drive into DC.
Written August 22, 2020
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kgpena
Arlington, VA242 contributions
Aug 2020
Saw this on Groupon and decided to give it a shot. What a fun place in the middle of nowhere :^)
Really enjoyed it.
The museum had an exhibit called "The Bodice Project" The Bodice Project illustrates the struggles and triumphs of those battling breast cancer and addresses the question of “Who am I now?”
There was the R. Lee Taylor miniatures collection. It was fascinating and had so much to see.
Then the David Rogers' Big Bugs features tiny creatures created on a huge scale!
Overall it was a great visit and escape from the city!
Written August 3, 2020
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bli1220
Mount Dora, FL267 contributions
Jun 2020
Found this building huge and prestigious looking but not as impressed with inside. The gallery of “Things Come Apart” was too much of same thing. Civil Was room had 4 pictures. Depiction of how people lived was of very few not majority. Much space was wasted. The gardens outside the building were stunning. Very well laid out and maintained nicely. The “Bugs” were awesome.
Written June 30, 2020
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lovesailtrip
Northern Virginia31 contributions
Feb 2020
Went to see an exhibit of Rembrandt and his contemporaries etchings. It was small, but very well presented with a short informational video on the etching process. A great added touch was the available magnifying glasses to view the prints in greater detail. We also enjoyed the miniature houses exhibit which is part of the permanent collection. We look forward to returning in the spring or summer to also see the extensive gardens.
Written February 11, 2020
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