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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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Our tour group enjoyed self-guided tours of the gardens and museum. I enjoyed the origami garden art and the vegetable and flower gardens. Inside the museum, I found the displays well designed and..... more
Our tour group enjoyed self-guided tours of the gardens and museum. I enjoyed the origami garden art and the vegetable and flower gardens. Inside the museum, I found the displays well designed and..... more »
A wonderful small museum with beautiful historic house and gardens. The museum is fascinating with an eclectic collection of art and artifacts from the region. It gives a good overall impression of...
A wonderful small museum with beautiful historic house and gardens. The museum is fascinating with an eclectic collection of art and artifacts from the region. It gives a good overall impression of... more »
Absolutely gorgeous! Peaceful and serene garden walks of varying kinds. The old Civil War Era home was near to see, as were all of the miniature houses that the original owners loved as a hobby. Pop up stores inside the grounds with snacks and gifts, as well a a main gift shop within the museum. Walking trails around the museum and a Boulder playground at the top of the property. We went for the Origami in the Garden exhibit which runs into the fall. A must see! All of this close to downtown Winchester and Hospital.
A beautiful and valuable gem in Winchester. The MSV does an outstanding job at providing the community with art and a healthy place to share with friends and family. Art shows change constantly and there's also permanent displays that talk about the rich history of our area. The grounds are beautiful, especially with the new walking trail that we are so fortunate to have. Throughout it, you can find different art installations as well, while you walk, run, or bike, even with your dog(s)! The gardens are amazing to see, and they open in April for to spring/summer. The museum also offers many classes for children and adults. Highly recommend!
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