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Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

901 Amherst St, Winchester, VA 22601-3305
+1 888-556-5799
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Good Overall

My husband and I enjoyed our visit to MSV each on our own meeting up for lunch in the picnic area... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Bedford, Virginia
Walk through the garden

Gardens are full of beautiful Flowers. But $10 to tour? They need to have different prices for... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Lori J
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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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  • Average4%
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Hours Today: 11:00 - 16:00
901 Amherst St, Winchester, VA 22601-3305
+1 888-556-5799
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Reviewed 2 days 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 4 days 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 1 week 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 1 week 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

Thank everytripisagift
Reviewed 1 week ago

My son and I really enjoyed our visit to the MSV. We were pleasantly surprised by the miniatures and all the amazing art work on display. We loved our visit to the gardens, the Asian Garden, in particular, was a wonderful surprise. We look forward...More

Thank Shellcapri
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Visited on a beautiful fall day and really enjoyed the exhibit of Patsy Cline. Went a few years before for Elvis Presley exhibits. Both were great and the displays were very worthwhile. Had to hurry through though as we always travel with our dog and...More

Thank geraldr506
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful gardens and grounds. Loads of local history. Wednesday's are free admission. Friendly and knowledgeable staff.

Thank tracyc270
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were in Winchester for our grandson's graduation. Had some time to kill before the event. Saw the museum in a flyer in the motel. The museum was reasonably priced and offered a senior discount. We found the museum to be very interesting, but the...More

Thank 990teresao
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Except for the miniature exhibit, i saw nothing I haven't seen at every single old museum/home anywhere. Despite acres of field and a huge unlandscaped grass roundabout in front of the building's only entrance, handicapped parking is around the corner of the building down a...More

1  Thank Tom S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If your a history person which I am you will love this place.On wed its free and a lot to see.Greeters are friendly and answer any questions you have and after the museum the grounds and buildings are just wonderful to walk around.Worth going.

Thank garybette
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Is there a Cafe or Deli?
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.