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Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

901 Amherst St, Winchester, VA 22601-3305
+1 888-556-5799
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Great Spot for the Bebe!

I think we're going to need a special junior check in badge for my bebe and museums. We were in... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
New York City, New York
Big Surprise for Museum lovers !

We are big museum lovers and thought when we planned to move to Winchester that this small-ish city... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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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
901 Amherst St, Winchester, VA 22601-3305
+1 888-556-5799
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I think we're going to need a special junior check in badge for my bebe and museums. We were in town visiting family and prior to arriving I had bookmarked the museum. I'd been to Winchester before, but never this area. Well what a quaint...More

Thank LulaBK
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We are big museum lovers and thought when we planned to move to Winchester that this small-ish city would have little if any museum culture. We were so wrong! We found this beautiful museum set on an expansive property with a long history. Plenty of...More

Thank t c
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I’ve visited this museum and historic house 4 times now and each time has been a joy. The museum is laid out well, with multiple rooms and hallways for visiting shows. This most recent visit included an impressive Virginia Watercolor Society show. They move items...More

Thank Keach
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Being a local, I have visited the museum many times. There is always something special to see. There are great concerts, beautiful gardens and house. My favorite things have been the dollhouse exhibit (incredible detail), and the movie about the Shenandoah Valley. It brings tears...More

Thank Cynthia N
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed the artwork, "Tones of a New Day" by Radford Wine on display through the end of December.

Thank rddiggins
Reviewed 4 December 2017

We learned a lot about the Shenandoah area, that we had not known before. The displays and organization are exceptional.

Thank EdieMcM
Reviewed 9 November 2017

Always something new to see and learn. Beautiful gardens. The Glass House is a beautiful structure. Friendly , knowledgable staff. We always take anyone visiting us to the museum.

Thank photo101
Reviewed 6 November 2017

The gardens, house and museum are beautiful. The museum has rotating installations of artwork and in the summers they have music under the stars. It's also a pretty place to get married. The food at the cafe is tasty, but a little pricey.

Thank Ryanne B
Reviewed 14 October 2017

A wonderful museum that tells the story of life in the Shenandoah Valley from many perspectives. There are fabulous miniature houses on display, several rooms of old art - some paintings more than 400 years old, interactive displays, a short but beautiful video about the...More

Thank Steve F
Reviewed 10 October 2017 via mobile

This museum tells a lot of the history of the area and where some of the restoration efforts are taking place. It was nice to see how life was starting with the Native Americans through the decades till today. It was a pleasure seeing the...More

Thank valliam13
The_MSV, Manager at Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, responded to this reviewResponded 11 October 2017

Welcome to Winchester! Thank you for taking the time to share your experience. We are so glad you enjoyed the galleries, and we hope to see you in the gardens next time. They will remain open for the season through December 31! Until then, safe...More

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28 June 2016|
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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.