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“Wonderful huge museum offers much more!”

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley
Ranked #1 of 45 things to do in Winchester
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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: Activities for older children, Wheelchair access
Winchester, Virginia
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28 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Wonderful huge museum offers much more!”
Reviewed January 19, 2013

Great concerts with local talents
Amazingly thorough displays with information
Free Heritage Day
Free admission on Wednesdays

Visited January 2013
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Winchester, Virginia
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14 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Winchester Treasures--Museum of the Shenandoah Valley/Glen Burnie House & Gardens”
Reviewed December 30, 2012

The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley and the Glen Burnie House & Gardens are beloved treasures of the citizens of the town of Winchester, Virginia, located 75 miles from Washington, DC. The Museum opened in the Spring of 2005, eight years after the historic Glen Burnie House and Gardens opened in 1997. The Museum is a quality, first-rate museum, at 901 Amherst Street, in the heart of this charming town... nestled in the Shenandoah Valley. It offers a peek into the early life, culture, history, art of the town and the surrounding area, including, of course, exhibits, videos, maps detailing Winchester's part in our Civil War. There are permanent exhibits as well as a Gallery of Changing Exhibits. In addition, there is a unique gift shop as well as a pretty cafe and a beautiful area for special events. The staff of the entire complex is welcoming, polite, well-informed and gracious---hallmarks of the individuals who people Winchester, Virginia. We love to share this incredible resource with visitors!

Visited December 2012
3 Thank Patricia838
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Front Royal, Virginia
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11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Gardens, antique home, paintings, dioramas and more”
Reviewed December 12, 2012

This is a lovely, small museum where you can get a sense of the history and life in the Shenandoah Valley and a great place to start your western Virginia vacation. There's a three dimensional map of the mountains and valley, a film to introduce you to the area, an art museum
which includes famous paintings, and interactive exhibits for the kids. It also houses a neat cafe with specialty teas you can buy by the pound and a great little gift shop. You can also tour the original owners' home where the docent will tell you that the servants (meaning slaves) brought the food in from an adjoining kitchen. The house has wonderful formal gardens which are worth a stop all by themselves, specially in early summer. The first floor has temporary exhibits by local artists. If you want a more substantial meal, the museum is a very short distance from the pedestrian mall restaurants in the Civil War town of Wincester.

Visited August 2012
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Excellent learning experience”
Reviewed November 29, 2012

I took the tour and was amazed at what I learned. From the helpful staff, excellent video to begin the tour to the miniatures room it was wonderful. I then stopped by the gift shop that had so many interesting items. Things you don't see anywhere. Spent more than I should but worth it. Can't wait to visit the gardens in the spring

Visited November 2012
1 Thank travel4meVirginia
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Winchester, Virginia
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“World-class musuem is a jewel in a charming small town.”
Reviewed November 13, 2012

This museum impresses, from the grounds to the gardens, the many programs, musical offerings, camps, etc...one can learn via the art, history and culture of the area what makes the region and its people so special and unique.

Visited August 2012
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