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Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

901 Amherst St, Winchester, VA 22601-3305
+1 888-556-5799
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A wonderful museum that tells the story of life in the Shenandoah Valley from many perspectives... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Steve F
Lawrenceville, Georgia

This museum tells a lot of the history of the area and where some of the restoration efforts are... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Eustis, Florida
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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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901 Amherst St, Winchester, VA 22601-3305
+1 888-556-5799
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A wonderful museum that tells the story of life in the Shenandoah Valley from many perspectives. There are fabulous miniature houses on display, several rooms of old art - some paintings more than 400 years old, interactive displays, a short but beautiful video about the...More

Thank Steve F
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This museum tells a lot of the history of the area and where some of the restoration efforts are taking place. It was nice to see how life was starting with the Native Americans through the decades till today. It was a pleasure seeing the...More

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The_MSV, Manager at Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Welcome to Winchester! Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. We are so glad you enjoyed the galleries, and we hope to see you in the gardens next time. They will remain open for the season through December 31! Until then, safe...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a beautiful museum with collections, exhibits and informative stories of mountain life around the 1700's and beyond. It also has temporary exhibits of paintings and art work. Included is the lovely historical home and gardens of the Glen Bernie house. The gardens are...More

Thank Bonnie G
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was a bit surprised by this one. Thought it would be boring. It has a lot of history here that doesn't look like it's been rewritten yet. Good place

Thank trackemdown
Reviewed September 13, 2017

Excellent piece of history of our country. Well organized and very interesting. I wish it were bigger.

Thank March H
Reviewed September 12, 2017

My husband & I visited the museum while staying at a nearby B&B. We were eager to see the gardens, because it was a gorgeous August day, and view the Glen Bernie historic house. The english style gardens were spectacular! They seem to go on...More

Thank Melissa S
Reviewed September 7, 2017

The museum has a lot of different things....memoribelia, art work, statues, etc. all in a very large, beautiful building. Personally, my husband and I were not that interested in all of these things, but really enjoyed the Glen Burnie home, and his story. He was...More

Thank sandytampa
Reviewed September 7, 2017 via mobile

This is a top of the line, well done and informative museum. I was pleasantly surprised bu the wuality of the presentation for a local venue.

Thank Ogi58
Reviewed September 6, 2017 via mobile

Beautiful paintings and displays. Have never seen such a large crowd at MSV! Lovely and well-organized opening and reception!

Thank 320lize
Reviewed September 6, 2017

This is a great museum to visit. The exhibits change regularly, bringing amazing art to our community. It is worth the cost. We buy a membership each year so we can go to most events and exhibits free. Be sure to check it out!!

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Response from apdemas | Reviewed this property |
No, they've got some snacks for sale in the gift store, but nothing like a sit-down place where you can order food.