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“A gem”

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley
Ranked #2 of 48 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 1 August 2014

We recently bought a family pass. Like the events they hold, gardens at night, music, lectures, exhibits, etc. always have a good time. The first place we like to bring out our of town guests to. Can wait to attend more events a for the kids to get older so they can participate in the day camps offered during the summer.

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Reviewed 30 July 2014

Small and interesting with an excellent collection on local history and culture. Lucky enough to see the temporary Patsy Cline exhibit. Delightful display of miniature houses on display, a nice gift shop and small cafe. The adjoining gardens are remarkable, the home is being completely restored, I will return!

Thank martha b
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Reviewed 26 July 2014

Not a very big museum, but very nice. Very informative. Did enjoy the gardens after we went to the museum. Friend saw behind the counter at the gardens there were audio handsets. He asked for them. Funny the person didn't ask if we wanted to rent one! Audio was a bonus!

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Reviewed 24 July 2014

Went on a Wednesday and lucked out because it is free on that day. We would have been happy to have paid, it is worth it. Great exhibits. Looking at the house miniatures - WOW! The grounds around the house, calming, peaceful. Loved the pond area. Just don't eat at the Bonnie Blue. Expensive and wasn't that tasty. The house on the park is not all that amazing, especially after seeing the Biltmore and Bellengrath Gardens.

1  Thank Patti K
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Reviewed 23 July 2014

I did not have a lot of time to explore the museum during my stay in the area unfortunately, but I definitely made my way to the garden area first and it was beautiful. Simply breath taking. Worth the visit, you won't regret it!

Thank Candit0
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