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Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

901 Amherst St, Winchester, VA 22601-3305
+1 888-556-5799
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Gardens are gorgeous!

We visited on a Wednesday when admission is free and we were so impressed, we made a donation The... read more

Reviewed yesterday
Rondi F
Snowshoe, West Virginia
Don't miss this....

A great museum. I was only there briefly. Next time I will definitely stay longer. I didn't get a... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
TRacy P
Houghton Lake Heights, mi
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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 yesterday

We visited on a Wednesday when admission is free and we were so impressed, we made a donation The home and gardens were amazing. We especially loved the Asian Garden and the miniature dollhouses. Well worth the visit. Highly recommed.

Thank Rondi F
Reviewed 3 days ago

A great museum. I was only there briefly. Next time I will definitely stay longer. I didn't get a chance to tour the mansion but the gardens were amazing!

Thank TRacy P
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Shenandoah museum is a lovely place to visit it tells the history of Winchester and there are fantastic doll houses to look at they are huge! They have wooden houses made of different material which are so fascinating. The art on the walls are...More

Thank joycel919
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We really enjoyed the museum, especially the dollhouse minitures, and our walk through the gardens! Free Wednesday was an added bonus!

Thank Sherwin B
Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a great time at the Museum of Shenandoah Valley. It is a modern place with historical buildings on the grounds. Traveling art shows, sections that depict life in the 1700s and 1800s. One section displays some of the finest miniature "doll" houses I've ever...More

Thank Harvey L
Reviewed 1 week ago

There's really not much to do in Winchester. Even less over the Fourth of July when the town rolls up the sidewalks, but this museum was a first class experience. Saw a wonderful exhibit, Art of the Animal, in addition to material culture exhibits related...More

Thank MitziMagic
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I enjoyed our visit to MSV each on our own meeting up for lunch in the picnic area. My interests in the gardens and his in history this is a place for both. Parking was ample, staff friendly and knowledgable, gardens were...More

Thank Mtnmom5
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Gardens are full of beautiful Flowers. But $10 to tour? They need to have different prices for those who don't want to tour the museum. They might actually have more visitors if they had a cheaper option.

Thank Lori J
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This museum located at the top of the Shenandoah Valley, and right in Winchester, a town with a rich history,so it should be filled with Valley history. It's not. What this museum is, is an Art Museum ! Plenty of furniture, Paintings, and pottery. Then...More

Thank csaduck
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Such a beautiful gem right here in the Shenandoah Valley! The gardens and grounds are lovely and the Museum and its exhibits outstanding. We visited for the first of the Summer Concert Series. Brought a picnic lunch to enjoy before the performance and enjoyed the...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.