Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Winchester

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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, seven 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 (admission not required). The galleries are open year-round; the house and gardens April through December.

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.

Admission is not needed to visit the Museum Store. Every Wednesday the site is open free of charge to individuals and families (fees apply for groups of 10 or more).



The Museum is open year-round, and the gardens are open seasonally (April though October). The site is closed Mondays.
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  • I modern museum, which gives a wonderful introduction to the history and geography of the region including a number of high quality audio visual presentations and effects.  more »
  • We went to this museum expecting to see the... Museum. We were pleasantly surprised with the house and gardens that we got to walk through as well. We especially loved the Asian garden (worth the litt...  more »
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  • A fun afternoon at the museum. The Shenandoah Valley exhibit and miniatures don't change but the other exhibits rotate periodically so there is something new to see. Keep an eye out for the "free museum days" to save money. The gardens are beautiful in season!
  • Alot of upgrades and construction going on as of 01/19/19 but they are open and its a awesome addition to Winchester even for people born and raised here. There's enough exhibits to keep you busy for several hours. Friendly knowledge staff. This place will be even better with all the improvements in the works. Highly recommend for everyone

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