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Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

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Address: 901 Amherst St, Winchester, VA 22601
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+1 888-556-5799
11:00 - 16:00
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Tue - Sun 11:00 - 16:00

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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Fantastic exhibit

This is a really great place...the current superhero exhibit is one of the best selections that we have seen. Very worthwhile @ $8 with aaa. The miniature houses are... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
Kevin F
East Petersburg, Pennsylvania
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East Petersburg, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is a really great place...the current superhero exhibit is one of the best selections that we have seen. Very worthwhile @ $8 with aaa. The miniature houses are extraordinary. Pristinely kept with lots of friendly volunteers to guide. Great!

Thank Kevin F
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A beautiful museum with plenty to occupy our little kid's attention. The miniature house exhibit and other interactive kept us engaged for hours. In addition, the museum has a well designed and maintained grounds. It was a pleasant surprise to stumble upon such a high quality museum tucked in the Shenandoah valley.

Thank Kon O
Stephens City, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

This is the place to obtain a quality overview of the lower Shenandoah Valley -- in a short period of time. The permanent attractions are fun and stimulating -- art, gardens, historic home and scheduled entertainment. Permanent attractions and exhibits provide a wonderful foundation for the changing exhibits.

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Edinburg, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've wanted to visit here for a long time and the wife and I finally made it yesterday. It's located on nice grounds and in a nice building. We paid $20 for both to enter. The desk staff was very friendly as were the docents working the museum. Just be aware that this time of year you won't get to... More 

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Winchester, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful grounds and historic house. Museum with a permanent exhibit of the Shenandoah Valley history and traveling exhibits that are always interesting. Great place to spend half a day or just stroll the grounds. Friendly staff. Worth going to in every season, which I have done since I live in Winchester. They also have special events and classes. Going there... More 

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washington, dc
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The fine art section included some Corots, a Whistler and other American & European artists in a medium gallery. The rest of the museum at the time we were there was Shenandoah Valley history, artifacts,and furniture which is worth a stop.

Thank garjlb
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

Great little museum filled with history of the Shenandoah Valley. It also features a temporary exhibit that changes frequently, my family and I viewed the movie theatre costume display which was great.

Thank Andrea M
Winchester, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

First class museum, beautiful, new building, excellent exhibits, outstanding guides! The museum offers a comprehensive history of the valley and includes changing art exhibits.

Thank Ann F
Arlington, VA
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24 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

Drove in out of curiosity and had a wonderful time. Admission is free on Wednesdays. Local history and a little bit of everything else. They have a lot of activities and we plan to join this year.

Thank doowahdiddynotacity
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111 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 December 2016

This new museum is a must place to visit. Most of it is dedicated to the history of the Shenandoah Valley but it also has a major art exhibition and some fantastic miniature models of vintage homes constructed like large doll houses. The work is incredibly detailed.

Thank Kenneth H

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