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Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

901 Amherst St, Winchester, VA 22601-3305
+1 888-556-5799
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An exceptional regionally-focused venue with wonderful traveling exhibits, "on the lawn" concerts... read more

Reviewed 2 September 2015
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Valley Gem

Looking for a real treat to learn about our region of the Shenandoah Valley? Look no further and... read more

Reviewed 1 September 2015
Robert G
Winchester, Virginia
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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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901 Amherst St, Winchester, VA 22601-3305
+1 888-556-5799
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Reviewed 2 September 2015 via mobile

An exceptional regionally-focused venue with wonderful traveling exhibits, "on the lawn" concerts and periodic outside theatrical presentations. I have personally appeared in 2 this summer: "A Child's Garden of Poetry" (presenting "The Ride of Paul Revere" and "The Wreck of the Hesperus" AND "Alice In...More

Thank CamKeyser
Reviewed 1 September 2015

Looking for a real treat to learn about our region of the Shenandoah Valley? Look no further and explore this "Valley Gem" for yourself and your whole family. A must see if in the area. More than just artifacts and a museum, it's a memory...More

Thank Robert G
Reviewed 1 September 2015

An interesting visual of the progress of the Shenandoah valley from furniture to textiles artwork to memorabilia. It brings ole Shenandoah alive. A constant changing exhibit room to the miniature replicas there is something for everyone here. The gardens are beautiful in all seasons and...More

Thank Jim M
Reviewed 26 August 2015

Excellent coverage of the shenandoah experience, good for all ages. A lot to see, several rooms of different material, so everyone will find something of interest

1  Thank Rich D
Reviewed 26 August 2015

The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley is one of the newest and most formidable showcases in the country. Designed by architect Michael Graves and opened to the public in 2005, it is located at 901 Amherst Street in Winchester, Virginia. The museum contains four main...More

3  Thank Taylor B
Reviewed 25 August 2015

Stopped by the other day. $10 admission. The museum was a little boring, but the gardens are very nice. They are worth the price of admission. I recommend 2 hours to see everything.

Thank bsebonsai
Reviewed 23 August 2015 via mobile

We arrived not knowing it was an no admission fee weekend. The exhibits were great. I thoroughly enjoyed the paintings and gardens. On this day the second building was open and I was shocked to see a Gilbert Stuart painting there. Also hanging were botanical...More

Thank MK S
Reviewed 12 August 2015

We had a great day at this museum. Interesting exhibits about early life in the Shenandoah valley. The gem of this place to me were the gardens and former home of Glen Bernie. Nice place for a picnic lunch with family. There is a fee,...More

Thank Celia48d
Reviewed 6 August 2015

Museum is housed in a modern nonediscrit building. History gallery is heavy on domestic life and women's issues through the years some good folk art and an amazing doll house collection round out the museum histrical collection. Most of the rest of the museum is...More

Thank thesnowman
Reviewed 25 July 2015 via mobile

Beautiful place. Nice family day. Lots of room for the kids to run. relaxing and go at your own pace. We attended a car show. It was free and full access to the museum and grounds. My mom was with us and she had a...More

Thank BlossomBabe
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Is there a Cafe or Deli?
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Response from apdemas | Reviewed this property |
No, they've got some snacks for sale in the gift store, but nothing like a sit-down place where you can order food.