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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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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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Great place to bring clients from out of town !

This is a great place to bring clients from out of town to give them the full community/ Valley experience and to show them a first class museum!

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
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Winchester, Virginia
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Winchester, Virginia
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a great place to bring clients from out of town to give them the full community/ Valley experience and to show them a first class museum!

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Winchester, Virginia
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley is a great stop for any traveler as well as the perfect way to spend an afternoon if you are a local. The gardens are fantastic and the exhibits are well done. The staff are always friendly so don't be afraid to ask when the next tour starts!

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Thank Ryan H
Winchester, Virginia
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful museum to visit. Alot of reading and things to look at so definitely want to take your time. Especially loved the miniature houses and the tiny furnishings inside.

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Towson, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Recent visit to this museum was made more interesting with the current limited time exhibit of Movie Costumes provided by Cosprop. It was presented well with commentary abut each display case that was informative. Don't miss this one as it will only be there until the end of February. There are other exhibits including a miniature room one that was... More 

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Bethesda, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

If you are a movie fan and/or a fan of amazing period costume artistry you will be dazzled by this exhibit that ends February 28, 2016. Johnny Depp's "Jack Sparrow" costume from PIrates of the Caribbean, a Keira Knightley gown from the Duchess ... the artistry, detail and authenticity up close is mind boggling. I also walked the lovely gardens... More 

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Thank J A
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015 via mobile

Went here for an outdoor concert with all ages. Adequate room, lovely interior (concert held outside), and friendly staff placed everywhere.. no trouble finding employees! Lastly, very clean restrooms and friendly environment- one I'd want to be in again and again!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

This facility has both permanent exhibits about the Shenandoah Valley and rotating exhibits. The current CUT-Costume and the Cinema runs till Feb. 28, 2016. It is amazing to see the costumes up close - such detail. Makes you want to see the movies, and focus on what the actors wore.

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BUNKER HILL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015 via mobile

I've driven by this place for years and finally decided to stop in. I lucked out because they had opened a new exhibit and we're just starting a tour for the Costumes and the Cinema exhibit. Very informative and interesting. I also loved the other indoor exhibit but my favorite part was walking the grounds of the old Wood-Glass estate.... More 

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Visited this museum recently on a day trip from Baltimore. The costume exhibition was very good and the other exhibition galleries were very interesting with plenty of information about the local area. Unfortunately the gardens were closed for the season though.

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northern Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

Great venue for outdoor concerts plus walking the grounds.Winchester was the edge of the known world when it was founded in 1750's. Jumping off point for exploration of the west. Tremendous amount of history, French & Indian war, Revolutionary war, Civil war.. It's all in the area

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