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Museum of the Shenandoah Valley
Ranked #4 of 50 things to do in Winchester
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children
Reviewed August 24, 2012

A first class museum. Great displays illustrating the life and history of the valley. Our favorite exhibit was of the miniatures -- bought the book in the gift shop to read more about them. The house is under going restoration, so will have to come back again when it is completed. Only nit -- the intro video was of little value other than to hear " Oh, Shenandoah" a dozen times.

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Reviewed August 16, 2012

As regional museums go this one will be hard to beat. The displays were well laid out, the 9 minute movie nice, the interactive displays had a nice touch and did not take themselves serious. The facility just felt comfortable.

The garden was a bonus, well laid out and well kept.

Thank johninwichita
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Reviewed July 23, 2012

the Glen Burnie house is being restore so closed till 2014.
Expected to see some lovely flowers in the garden but just
greenery.

2  Thank sweetpotatoe66
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Reviewed July 23, 2012

glad it was a free weekend as we were disappointed with this
attraction.....a lot of history but rather boring

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Reviewed July 16, 2012

I loved the miniatures and the gardens were fantastic! The video at the beginning was kinda boring though since I live here and have learned about Shenandoah since 4th grade

Thank Jessica F
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