Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley
4.5
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.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Eileen W
    Parkton, Maryland1,109 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome museum and gardens to explore
    What a great place to visit. We were there for the Nature Connects outdoor exhibit. We enjoyed the Lego sculptures by artist Sean Kenney, the animals were amazing, well done. We explored the Glen Burnie House and we walked around the formal gardens and indoors at the museum of Shenandoah Valley. The miniature gallery is amazing to see.
    Visited August 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 7, 2023
  • Jane S
    Ulverston, United Kingdom740 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gem of a museum
    This is a gem of a museum even on the wettest of days. There is plenty of parking and the museum itself is large . The exhibits are varied , ranging from an exhibition of marvel art by Alex Ross to room settings from the past. Outside are lovely gardens and the home of the previous owner. I highly recommend this museum.
    Visited September 2023
    Written September 25, 2023
  • ncstateva
    Roanoke, Virginia118 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not to miss museum
    Great museum! We went on a Wednesday which happened to be their free admission day. The regular collection is quite expansive. I especially loved the old doll houses with the exquisite furnishings. They had a special exhibit at the time of drawings from Marvel comics. We spent quite a bit of time there.
    Visited October 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 30, 2024
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Charles W
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
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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fancydancer59
Minneapolis, MN114 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Couples
Excellent museum with awesome gardens and grounds. The Danny Lyon photo exhibit, Memories if the Southern Rights Movement, is showing through July 31and is well worth seeing. The R.Lee Taylor miniatures gallery is wonderful. Save time to Glen Bernie House and gardens.
Written May 15, 2022
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Richard S
Washington DC, DC166 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
A wonderful small museum with beautiful historic house and gardens. The museum is fascinating with an eclectic collection of art and artifacts from the region. It gives a good overall impression of the social and economic history of the Valley.

Even better is the Glen Burnie house and garden. Even on a very hot day, we spent a good bit of time wandering around and admiring the beautiful landscaping. Staff was friendly, enthusiastic, and informative in both the museum and the house.

Definitely worth a visit.
Written August 4, 2022
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Eileen W
Parkton, MD1,109 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
What a great place to visit. We were there for the Nature Connects outdoor exhibit. We enjoyed the Lego sculptures by artist Sean Kenney, the animals were amazing, well done. We explored the Glen Burnie House and we walked around the formal gardens and indoors at the museum of Shenandoah Valley. The miniature gallery is amazing to see.
Written September 7, 2023
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MsWesternVA
Harrisonburg, VA220 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
Our tour group enjoyed self-guided tours of the gardens and museum. I enjoyed the origami garden art and the vegetable and flower gardens. Inside the museum, I found the displays well designed and easy-to-follow. I did find many interesting facts and insight about the Valley.
Written September 15, 2022
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Paul G
Tucson, AZ3,802 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022
The gardens are very enjoyable as they fill one with a sense of quiet peacefulness.

The house gives one the idea of life in a bygone era and the museum was outstanding.

The exhibit of Danny Lyon photos provided us with a very real and honest insight to the Southern world of the 1960's. As one who lived through it, it brought forth some very painful memories of my youth.
Written May 31, 2022
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ncstateva
Roanoke, VA118 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
Great museum! We went on a Wednesday which happened to be their free admission day. The regular collection is quite expansive. I especially loved the old doll houses with the exquisite furnishings. They had a special exhibit at the time of drawings from Marvel comics. We spent quite a bit of time there.
Written March 30, 2024
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Catherina M
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
My husband and me went to visit the Museum thinking it was about Shenandoah's art and history. We left the Museum realizing it is really more about the benefactor's collections, interests, life and the renovation that he did with his partner R. Lee Taylor of the Glen Burnie House. Truly the name of the Museum should be them!: Julian Wood Glass Jr. (1910–1992) and R. Lee Taylor (1924–2000). It is misleading to name it something else.
Written December 7, 2023
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Jason C
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Family
This was our first time visiting the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley and it was outstanding! Admission was cheap and staff were all friendly. I went with my two oldest sons (ages 10 & 6) to see the life-size Lego displays on exhibit this summer and we all loved them! There is a courtyard, garden, house, bamboo forest, trails, duck ponds, museum / art gallery… all beautifully maintained. We spent over three hours here and still hadn’t seen everything. We will definitely be back! It’s about 2.5 hours from where we live, but definitely worth the drive.
Written June 5, 2023
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Sally R
San Pedro, Belize3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
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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