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Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

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I paid a visit to this museum. It is extremely nice with a multitude of interesting exhibits. I... read more

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Winchester, Virginia
Free on wednesdays and great way to spend a morning

Our family love the Lego exhibit last simmer but also took the time to visit the museum inside and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Winchester, Virginia
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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...more
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901 Amherst St, Winchester, VA 22601-3305
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Reviewed yesterday

I paid a visit to this museum. It is extremely nice with a multitude of interesting exhibits. I especially liked the art that was in the atrium.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank DanceMoose
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our family love the Lego exhibit last simmer but also took the time to visit the museum inside and were so surprised with all the history. There were several local artist exhibits which were a nice touch. We picked up a brochure and signed for...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Hokies1993
Reviewed December 9, 2018

My wife and I went here in November 2018. It was during the week but the place was almost empty. It had fascinating exhibits and we really enjoyed everything on display. We also toured the adjoining garden and family home which were also interesting. It's...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank z1lawdogg
Reviewed November 23, 2018

The museum has a several great art galleries, a large room that covers a nice history of the Shenandoah Valley and a room of miniature doll houses. All were pleasant to visit. We especially liked the Maxfield Parrish and Albrecht Durer galeries.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Chris B
Reviewed October 7, 2018

The museum is composed of interconnected galleries. First gallery encountered was the Maxfield Parrish of paintings. On the walls are framed paintings that are not connected with the Shenandoah Valley. This gallery was not my cup of tea, yet admit the gallery was interesting. Up...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Jack L
Reviewed October 3, 2018

There is quite a bit to see here including outdoor displays of flowers and Lego creations, e.g., butterflies, spiders, dragon flies, deer, etc.. The flower gardens are nice to an extent. The gardens were in need some maintenance in that area and the flowers are...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 18, 2018

Gardens lovely. Museum well organized and interesting. Going back soon for the Maxfield Parrish exhibit.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank godiva401
Reviewed September 16, 2018

The Glen Bernie house and garden are lovely. The gardens were particularly interesting with attractive plantings and statuary reminiscent of English manor houses. The modern building housed the Shenandoah Valley museum. There were some really good areas like the relief map of the valley and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank Tuffley47
Reviewed September 13, 2018

We visited the museum on a raining day. In addition to Ary from local artists, the main exhibits related tot he history of Winchester. Very well done. In addition, one wing held a traveling exhibit of Maxwell Parish's paintings and cover art. Very interesting. A...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Jon L
Reviewed September 11, 2018

There is a large area dedicated to the history of the Shenandoah Valley that spans many years and has interactive displays to make it fun to learn. The doll houses in the main building had so many fine details we were truly impressed. Our favorite...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Diane R
September 8, 2018|
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Response from Mike M | Reviewed this property |
As I remember, most areas are an easy level walk with the exception of the Asian garden and the water garden where the paths are narrow. I hope this helps
Diane R
September 8, 2018|
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Response from grandpere | Reviewed this property |
The building was accessible. The only paths we walked were from the museum to the house, which would be fairly accessible./
Jack L
June 13, 2018|
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Response from Art L | Reviewed this property |
I took several pictures with my cell phone... and no one gave me a hard time. I'm not sure if they would appriciate it if you used a big professional type camera. You can call and ask...
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Brief Trip Report Winchester, VA (5 Replies)
We spent one night at the Hampton Inn North, just a quick drive from downtown. We really enjoyed walking the pedestrian area there, and walking around the nearby blocks looking at the old homes and buildings, like that amazing library. Even with the drizzle it was nice to see. Then on to the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley which was better than expected. A great little museum with a friendly and informative staff (or maybe mostly volunteers). The historic house is closed, but we spent...More
March 29, 2012|
Response fromWendymath|
Thanks for posting a report. I haven't been to Winchester in YEARS. It's time to go back, I think.