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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

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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Local interest museum

Excellent place to go too local history as well as a variety of rotating art displays. Excellent gardens for seasonal viewing.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Richard L
Martinsburg, West Virginia, United States
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Martinsburg, West Virginia, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent place to go too local history as well as a variety of rotating art displays. Excellent gardens for seasonal viewing.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Depending on your level of interest, you can spend 1-5 hours here. Since the buildings close at 4 pm, we only had 1 1/2 hours and barely got through the historical exhibits on the second floor. We had no time for the temporary exhibits on the first floor, including quilts, nor any of the outside exhibits in the gardens surrounding... More 

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Martinez, Georgia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum was a great find. Wonderful exhibits of the history of the local area, with some short films for additional information. It has an amazing exhibition of miniatures created by a local artist. Admission includes a house on the property that was the residence of the artist, including an old family cemetery, Japanese garden, and vegetable and herb gardens.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very organized, everything was in working order. Kids were disappointed that there was signage for a rock wall but it was no where to be found. Everyone that worked was very helpful and nice and offered assistance for any party needs. We will go again.

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Alexandria, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The museum has a very interesting permanent exhibit on the history and development of the Valley. They currently have an amazing exhibit on Quilts made by people of color depicting various points in Black history. Really outstanding. They also have out of doors component that we did not visit.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Shenandoah Valley is a beautiful slice of landscape in Virginia that is bordered on the east by the Blue Ridge Mountains, on the west by the eastern front of the Appalachian Mountains, on the north by the Potomac River and the on the south by the James River. The historic town of Winchester is at the northern edge and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Spent a lovely morning here. The museum has several rotating exhibits, all were very well displayed and imagined. The history of the valley was my favorite. The shop was unremarkable. The grounds, garden, and Glen Burnie house were all exceptional. Plan to spend a half day, and enjoy!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went to see And Still We Rise, an African American quilt exhibit. The exhibit was fabulous and so is the museum itself. My only disappointment... I didn't get to explore the grounds of the museum. In addition to the quilt exhibit, the main exhibition hall is full of information and artifacts relating to life and culture in the Shenandoah Valley.

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Front Royal, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Through Dec. 31, 2016, the museum is hosting "And Still We Rise - African American Story Quilts". This is an AMAZING exhibit that chronicles African-American history in the US. These incredible works of art almost defy description in their beauty, creativity and poignancy of the stories they tell. Seriously, I could go back again today and look at them all... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 29, 2016

Hotel mentioned that Wednesdays were free admission. I would have paid knowing it was as good as it was. Suggest pick a day with nice weather to tour grounds. Inside displays were very good as well. Gift shop recommended other attractions which we did go to. All in all a great day - and very informative.

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