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“Nice gardens!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley
Ranked #1 of 45 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
Centreville, Virginia
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3 reviews
“Nice gardens!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2014

Quaint garden tour. Main Mansion was under reconstruction but looking forward to visit this Spring. Patsy Kline exhibit was great

Visited August 2013
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Smyrna, Delaware
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“Modern, well-organized museum.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2014

This museum looks very new. The staff was extremely friendly and informative. The history exhibits are very well done and everything is very clean and neat. The "changing exhibit" was all about Patsy Cline while we were there, and it too was very well done.

Would have been great to be there in warm weather to tour the gardens as well.

This place is definitely worth your time if you are interested in the history of the Shenandoah Valley.

Visited January 2014
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NY
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195 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
“Very Interesting Place.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2014

We went here for a surprise 50th wedding anniversary. The museum and grounds are beautiful. There is some art there, I really was looking forward to seeing some. They had a great exhibit of miniature homes that someone who lived on the property built they were amazing. Had a Patsy Cline tribute, that was good as well. Now for the the party venue was very small the sign said it could hold 375 people, don't know where not in that room. It looks like it was an after thought to put a party venue there, it could be much larger. It was nice however for only about 50-60 people. With that said the party was great and the couple was completely surprised.

Visited January 2014
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Leland, North Carolina
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Alas, not much permanent art”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 13, 2014

The museum is well worth a visit when there is a good visiting/temporary exhibition. In 2013 there was a great American Impressionism show. The Patsy Cline exhibit is interesting to us country music fans, but maybe not so much to others. The permanent exhibition is almost entirely local history and handicrafts, with top quality pieces, but maybe not of interest to everybody.
The extensive gardens and estate house are nice to visit, especially in spring and fall, and when there are special events like concerts and car shows.
Free admission on Weds. if you arrive before noon.

Visited January 2014
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Kuwait
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68 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“It's a wonderful museum, but the gardens are spectacular”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2014

The museum has some really nice exhibitions, a lovely cafe and nice little gift shop. But I go for the garden which is simply lovely and worth a couple hour stroll every time.
In the summer the museum puts on some great shows: Bluegrass and Bar B Que, a Pasty Cline tribute night, tomato and garlic festival, etc. There lots of fun for the whole family.

Visited January 2014
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