Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley The mission of the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley is to preserve and enrich the cultural life and heritage of the Valley. #theMSV
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#theMSV 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.

On Saturday, April 4th, 76 museums around the world are moving Slow Art Day online and we are joining them! Slow Art Day...
03/27/2020

On Saturday, April 4th, 76 museums around the world are moving Slow Art Day online and we are joining them!

Slow Art Day is a global event with a simple mission: help more people discover for themselves the joy of looking at and loving art. Stop by our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages to discover artworks in our collection close up. When people look at art slowly they make amazing discoveries, join us virtually to make these discoveries for yourself!

Detail, Cocktail Hour, Star Gables Motor Court, Barry Vance , 2016-2017, oil on panel

Look how peaceful Kathie is in the Spring Garden. Her reflection in the pond is beautiful! #museumfromhome #museumofthes...
03/27/2020

Look how peaceful Kathie is in the Spring Garden. Her reflection in the pond is beautiful! #museumfromhome #museumoftheshenandoahvalley #theMSV #gardens #beauty #MSVlove

Photo by: @pmathewes

Happy #VirtualVacationFriday! This week’s trip features two different views of the Rialto Bridge in Venice, Italy. First...
03/27/2020

Happy #VirtualVacationFriday!

This week’s trip features two different views of the Rialto Bridge in Venice, Italy. First built as a wooden pontoon bridge in the 1100s, today the Rialto is the oldest of the four bridges spanning Venice’s Grand Canal. It connects the Venetian districts (sestieri) of San Marco and San Polo. The present structure was designed by architect Antonio da Ponte (Italian, 1512-1597) and was constructed between 1588 and 1591.

Paintings like Francesco Guardi’s view were largely souvenirs for wealthy British travelers taking part in the Italian Grand Tour. Imagine this painting popping up during your family vacation slideshow! Guardi’s attention to detail is even more amazing when considering that the painting measures only 9½ by 135/8 inches!

A View on the Grand Canal with the Rialto Bridge by Francesco Guardi (Italian, 1712-1793), about 1754. Oil on panel. Collection of the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Julian Wood Glass Jr. Collection, 0088. Photo by Ron Blunt.

A View of the Rialto Bridge, Venice by Richard Parkes Bonington (English, 1802-1828), about 1826. Watercolor on paper. Collection of the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, Julian Wood Glass Jr. Collection, 0011. Photo by Ron Blunt.

We are starting a fun trend that we normally carry out in our office here at the MSV! Our Adult Programs Manager Sally M...
03/27/2020

We are starting a fun trend that we normally carry out in our office here at the MSV! Our Adult Programs Manager Sally Meyer has a joke of the day that we all normally get a laugh out of. So, here is your #JokeoftheDay!

Q: Where does a cow hang his paintings? 🐄🖼
A: In a moooooseum. 😂😂

Do you remember the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley looking like this? Exactly 23 years ago the current entrance to the ...
03/26/2020

Do you remember the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley looking like this? Exactly 23 years ago the current entrance to the museum was under construction. Check out this view looking down the drive toward Amherst Street! The entrance to the gardens is through the white gate on the right. #OnThisDay #ThrowbackThursday

03/26/2020

‪What do you have planned for today? I think some creation would be fun! 🍂🍃🌞🐧‬

‪#CabinFeverCreations #MuseumFromHome #theMSV #shenandoahvalley

03/26/2020

Have recent events disrupted your vacation plans? Have no fear! You can always take a #VirtualVacation with the MSV Collection. The museum’s collection features scenes of some of the world’s most breathtaking natural and man-made wonders.

Check in with us every Friday to check out for the weekend at your virtual oasis.

In case you need a little good news: construction on the final phase of The Trails at the MSV project is underway!  A li...
03/26/2020

In case you need a little good news: construction on the final phase of The Trails at the MSV project is underway!

A little more than a week ago, construction of nearly 2 miles of ADA-accessible trails began at Winchester’s Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. If construction goes as planned, this November 90 acres of the Museum landscape will be open as a free-admission art park with miles of trails for walking, running, and bicycling.

Learn more about the project here https://bit.ly/MSVTrailsConstructionUpdate

ShenArts - Shenandoah Arts Council
03/26/2020

ShenArts - Shenandoah Arts Council

You may not be able to visit our current Art in the Halls exhibition, Fresh, in person at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, but you can still enjoy the work of artist Matthew Kern from home. This unique work merges the concepts of chance and careful calculation with results that suggest sprawling landscapes. Follow the artist at @on Instagram to see his current work and contact ShenArts if you’re interested in making a purchase from the exhibition.

Even in the rain, the gardens are beautiful. What do you think?
03/25/2020

Even in the rain, the gardens are beautiful. What do you think?

Captain James Cook made his first voyage from England to the Pacific Ocean in 1768. This voyage and his subsequent exped...
03/25/2020

Captain James Cook made his first voyage from England to the Pacific Ocean in 1768. This voyage and his subsequent expeditions captured the imagination of Europeans. In 1805 the French wallpaper manufacturer Joseph Dufour capitalized on Cook’s popularity and, in collaboration with artist Jean-Gabriel Charvet, produced twenty unique strips of wallpaper illustrating Cook’s voyages to the Pacific.

Julian Wood Glass Jr. purchased this wallpaper in 1958 and installed it in his bedroom in Glen Burnie. This room is currently closed to the public, but you can still see it in photographs from the Wood Glass Family Papers. #WoodGlassWednesday #CaptainCook

03/25/2020

Captain James Cook made his first voyage from England to the Pacific Ocean in 1768. This voyage and his subsequent expeditions captured the imagination of Europeans. In 1805 the French wallpaper manufacturer Joseph Dufour capitalized on Cook’s popularity and, in collaboration with artist Jean-Gabriel Charvet, produced twenty unique strips of wallpaper illustrating Cook’s voyages to the Pacific.

Julian Wood Glass Jr. purchased this wallpaper in 1958 and installed it in his bedroom in Glen Burnie. This room is currently closed to the public, but you can still see it in photographs from the Wood Glass Family Papers. #WoodGlassWednesday #CaptainCook

With dozens of quilts in the MSV Collection, #TextileTuesday will keep you nice and snug while you’re stuck at home. Tod...
03/24/2020

With dozens of quilts in the MSV Collection, #TextileTuesday will keep you nice and snug while you’re stuck at home. Today we’ll look at details on a visually stunning 1930s Postage Stamp quilt by an unknown Shenandoah Valley maker. Quiltmakers frequently used pencils to lay out designs prior to finishing. In many cases, the graphite has disappeared with time, but not so on this example!

The pencil lines are still clearly visible beneath the stitching, particularly on the lighter-colored fabrics like the peach border and feathered diamonds.

Postage Stamp Quilt, maker unknown, attributed to the Shenandoah Valley, 1930s. Cotton. Collection of the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, 2001.0013.483. Photos by Nick Powers and Elena Sorchiotti.

Take a moment and imagine you're surrounded by our stone circle at the MSV with the sun shining down on you. This is you...
03/24/2020

Take a moment and imagine you're surrounded by our stone circle at the MSV with the sun shining down on you. This is your daily dose of relaxation!

03/24/2020

‪Checkout this #TechniqueTuesday tip! ‬

‪Lauren uses a whipstitch to sew a muslin sleeve on the back of a quilt in our collection. ‬

‪Once the sleeve is sewn on we can pass a bar through the sleeve to safely hang the quilt on a wall. ‬

‪#sewing #theMSV #shenandoahvalley ‬

The lion in the Glen Burnie House is getting a bath today! Are you bathing any of your animals while you are at home? If...
03/23/2020

The lion in the Glen Burnie House is getting a bath today! Are you bathing any of your animals while you are at home? If so, send us your cutest picture of your fresh clean pet!

Happy #MiniatureMonday. Since you can't see these tiny plates in person, here are some of our miniature tiny ceramic pla...
03/23/2020

Happy #MiniatureMonday. Since you can't see these tiny plates in person, here are some of our miniature tiny ceramic plates from the Breakfast Room in the Glen Burnie minature.

Do you know what these plates would have been used for? Which one is your favorite?

Have you been planting flowers while being #quarantined at home? 🌺🌼🏡The staff at the MSV planted pansies in the Parterre...
03/23/2020

Have you been planting flowers while being #quarantined at home? 🌺🌼🏡

The staff at the MSV planted pansies in the Parterre a few days ago.

With today being the official start of spring, we thought you might enjoy some photographs from the MSV’s Glen Burnie Ga...
03/19/2020

With today being the official start of spring, we thought you might enjoy some photographs from the MSV’s Glen Burnie Gardens. We hope these images brighten your day.

‪Do you have a favorite sponge cake recipe? 😋🍞‬ If so, comment with it below! ‪If you don’t have one, you could make thi...
03/18/2020

‪Do you have a favorite sponge cake recipe? 😋🍞‬
If so, comment with it below!

‪If you don’t have one, you could make this one while stuck inside the house! 🏡‬

Happy #WoodGlassWednesday!Katherine Glass, founder of Fort Loudon Seminary, was brought to the “pitch of humiliation and...
03/18/2020

Happy #WoodGlassWednesday!

Katherine Glass, founder of Fort Loudon Seminary, was brought to the “pitch of humiliation and mortification” in 1893 by a man named Walter (hint: we don’t like Walter). The saga began when Walter, by all conventional definitions, courted Kate. He took her out, dined with her, and even bought her a locket that contained his photograph. Kate was besotted and interpreted these actions as signs of affection. When she coyly thanked Walter for the locket he said, “I was glad of the opportunity to give you something and look upon you almost as a sister.” OMG. Sister!? We can all sympathize with Kate’s feelings on the matter: “That was a crusher! I thought I should die. I know my face was the color of red flannel.” It seems that awkward moments are not a new thing.

#FriendZone #AwkwardMomentsDay #WoodGlassWednesday #theMSV #shenandoahvalley

We are reaching out to you, our MSV family with an update on operations in light of the evolving COVID-19 (Coronavirus) ...
03/18/2020

We are reaching out to you, our MSV family with an update on operations in light of the evolving COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation. The MSV is temporarily closed to the public. MSV programming and events are cancelled until May 12 and the Museum buildings will remain closed until May 12. The MSV gardens and the outdoor exhibition David Rogers’ Big Bugs are scheduled to open on April 18.

MSV staff are working both remotely and onsite. We are busy rearranging our spring schedule and trying to find new dates for many of the great programs initially scheduled for April and early May. Look for an announcement of the May–August event schedule later this month.

While you may not be able to visit the MSV right now, please know that we plan on bringing the MSV to you in the weeks ahead. Watch your email and stay tuned to the MSV’s social media channels for behind-the-scenes action photos, blogs, and more! Next week, look for an update on The Trails at the MSV. Construction is underway and ongoing on this 90-acre art park!

Updates on MSV operations will be posted on www.theMSV.org. Thank you for your understanding and support as we all navigate through these unprecedented times together. We hope to see you at the MSV soon.

03/17/2020

‪Did you know that all of the books in the Glen Burnie miniature house have words in them? ‬

‪The detail in this small little book is unreal! 📚 📖 ‬

‪#miniatures #collections #theMSV #shenandoahvalley ‬

Do you have a Greenhouse? Are you interested in gardening? Are you excited for the MSV gardens to open up this spring? C...
03/17/2020
Behind the Scenes: The Greenhouse | The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

Do you have a Greenhouse? Are you interested in gardening? Are you excited for the MSV gardens to open up this spring?

Check out the latest blog post from Horticulturalist Chantal Ludder as she talks about the preparation of the Greenhouse!

http://bit.ly/MSVGreenHouseBlog

In March the greenhouse is a warm puddle of sunlight. By Horticulturalist Chantal Ludder The smaller section is full of pots with seeds planted but not yet germinated, and large trays full of the tiniest handfuls of green. The larger, cooler half is already crowded with the pansies destined for the....

03/14/2020
Releasing of red-tailed hawk

This morning the Blue Ridge Wildlife Center released a red-tailed hawk at the MSV.

About a month ago, the hawk was hit by a car on Rt. 37. The expert veterinary team at the center rehabilitated the hawk for release back into the wild. The MSV is just a mile from where the hawk was injured, so the hope is that the bird is now back in familiar territory.

Did you know that the MSV is the largest green space in the city of Winchester? It is home to lots of wildlife including wild turkeys, squirrels, geese, and more.

Have you visited the MSV lately? Were you able to see these little beauties blossoming? Visit the MSV this weekend and s...
03/14/2020

Have you visited the MSV lately? Were you able to see these little beauties blossoming? Visit the MSV this weekend and see if you can find any of these flowers blooming! If you find one, take a picture and post below.

03/14/2020

In March, participants will explore photographs and objects in the exhibition "Things Come Apart" and create their own sculpture out of found objects. Includes refreshments and art-making supplies.

Free. Registration required by March 17; call 540-662-1473, ext. 226, to register. Please register for both participants. Presented in collaboration with the Alzheimer's Association National Capital Area Chapter.

Which one of these quilts have been oxidized? Submit your answer below!
03/13/2020

Which one of these quilts have been oxidized? Submit your answer below!

03/12/2020
"Things Come Apart" Interactive Activity

Have you ever played with snap circuits? Check out how this little boy builds a circuit board with the toy snap circuits in the "Things Come Apart" interactive.

Do you have quilts that you need to store? Do you know how to fold a quilt? Check out this step by step process on how t...
03/12/2020

Do you have quilts that you need to store? Do you know how to fold a quilt?

Check out this step by step process on how to take care and store your quilts by Registrar/ Collections Manager Lauren Fleming.

Step 1: Lay quilt on a flat surface.
Step 2: Roll/ fold quilt avoiding existing creases or weak spots.
Step 3: Pad each fold with acid free tissue as you go.
Step 4: Store in archival box lined with acid free tissue.

Now it is your turn!

Are you interested in pottery? Do you like to create things out of clay? If so, this is the perfect class for you. There...
03/11/2020

Are you interested in pottery? Do you like to create things out of clay? If so, this is the perfect class for you. There is ONLY ONE spot left in this awesome workshop! Get the last spot now http://bit.ly/AdultPotteryWorkshop.

Who’s ready for the first day of spring next week? We can’t wait to see the Sunken Garden by the Pink Pavilion come to l...
03/11/2020

Who’s ready for the first day of spring next week? We can’t wait to see the Sunken Garden by the Pink Pavilion come to life with colorful plantings! This photograph from the Wood Glass Family Papers shows the garden filled with tulips in 1969. #Spring #SunkenGarden #WoodGlassWednesday

As a privately funded organization, the MSV is only able to operate thanks to your support. If you enjoy the gardens, pr...
03/10/2020

As a privately funded organization, the MSV is only able to operate thanks to your support. If you enjoy the gardens, programs, and exhibitions at the MSV please show some love to the MSV and make a gift to the MSV Fund today. http://bit.ly/MSVfund

Donations to the MSV Fund make stories and experiences happen!

#MSVStory #MSVlove #theMSV #museums #art #nonprofit #galleries #gardens #programs #kids #community

Do you have your eyes set on MSV After Dark: Steampunk? This owl is ready for the festivities!  Enter a costume contest—...
03/10/2020

Do you have your eyes set on MSV After Dark: Steampunk? This owl is ready for the festivities!

Enter a costume contest—to be judged by Dr. Tarr (J. P. Murphy) of The Apparition Trail—for prizes, strike a pose in the photo booth from Journey Entertainment, loosen your gears on the dance floor, wet your whistle with a deconstructed wine cocktail, light up your own sewn-circuit badge with Valley Makers Association, and head to the MSV Makerspace Studio for robot and printing demonstrations.

Register today for this awesome evening of fun http://bit.ly/MSVAfterDarkSteampunk!

It is Women's History Month and what better way to celebrate than with a blog post about all of the objects that Winches...
03/09/2020
Telling Her Story at the MSV | The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

It is Women's History Month and what better way to celebrate than with a blog post about all of the objects that Winchester's Museum of the Shenandoah Valley has acquired that are made by, for, and/or depicting women.

Read it here http://bit.ly/MSVBlogPost!

Women are stepping into the spotlight at American museums like never before. By Curator of Collections Nick Powers Recently, the MSV has been making its own strides in better telling “her story” through the museum’s collection. From late 2018 through 2019, the MSV has acquired more objects mad...

03/09/2020
Behind the scenes of ceramic numbering!

In this short little video, Registrar/Collections Manager Lauren Fleming and Curator of Collections Nick Powers clean, number, and photograph ceramic plates that are in the Glen Burnie House breakfast room. Are you ready for the house to open up this year?

Homeschool art studio was out of this world this week! #madeattheMSV
03/08/2020

Homeschool art studio was out of this world this week! #madeattheMSV

What a great talk by Registrar / Collections Manager Lauren Fleming and Curator of Collections Nick Powers! They discuss...
03/07/2020

What a great talk by Registrar / Collections Manager Lauren Fleming and Curator of Collections Nick Powers!

They discussed how to preserve and take care of quilts and textiles.

#theMSV #HeritageDay #collections #museums #community #textiles #shenandoahvalley

03/07/2020

Shenandoah Valley Heritage Day is underway at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley!

We had the opportunity to hear a great lecture from author and Library of Virginia Exhibitions Coordinator Barbara Batson where she discussed the challenges and opportunities tracing women’s history.

We would like to thank Handley Regional Library System for partnering with us on this event!

Shenandoah Valley Heritage Day is underway at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley! We had the opportunity to hear a grea...
03/07/2020

Shenandoah Valley Heritage Day is underway at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley!

We had the opportunity to hear a great lecture from author and Library of Virginia Exhibitions Coordinator Barbara Batson where she discussed the challenges and opportunities tracing women’s history.

We would like to thank Handley Regional Library System for partnering with us on this event!

It is Shenandoah Valley Heritage Day at the MSV! Visit the MSV today to learn more about your family history and hear so...
03/07/2020

It is Shenandoah Valley Heritage Day at the MSV!

Visit the MSV today to learn more about your family history and hear some great lectures.

Clarke County Historical Association

During this free monthly gathering for teenage students who are interested in art, participants will explore the exhibit...
03/06/2020

During this free monthly gathering for teenage students who are interested in art, participants will explore the exhibition Things Come Apart before heading to the MSV Makerspace to have some fun creating their own "deconstructed art."

FREE to all! Registration isn't required so we hope to see you on March 12 at 4:30 p.m.

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#theMSV 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, 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 Makerspace Studio (open Tuesday and Sunday; admission required) and a Museum Store (admission not required). The galleries are open year-round; the house and gardens are open April through December. At 214 acres, the MSV is the largest green space and only remaining working farm in the City of Winchester. Fundraising is underway for The Trails at the MSV, a project that will open 90 acres of the MSV landscape as a free-admission public park with more than three miles of trails for walking, hiking, and biking through woods, wetlands, and farm fields. The galleries are open year-round, and the house and gardens are open seasonally (April though December). The site is closed Mondays.

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We will wait for the gardens to be open and look forward to the summer activities! ❤️ 🙋‍♀️🙋‍♂️
‪Look at this new pottery just fired in our kiln! ‬ ‪#madeatthemsv #MSVMakerSpace #theMSV #museumoftheshenandoahvalley ‬
How do you view art? Thank you Taubman Museum of Art for partnering with us on this exhibition.
Turtle!
I love volunteering at the MSV! I never knew a museum could be so interesting on so many levels!
A few pics from the photography group yesterday!
Beautiful gardens
Beautiful gardens.
I'll have to come visit when i come back from my travels
Wow, I have been here several times and yet never noticed the Museum Store. How could I have missed such a treasure trove? So many beautiful, unique items; I'll be shopping here now.
Sharing a photo collage I made of the recent Maxfield Parrish exhibit, and feeling so blessed to be able to visit the museum and beautiful gardens. Also, hoping to visit much more in this new year!
We had the best time at Yappy Hour! Thank you so much for putting this together. Our pup just put himself back to bed after eating breakfast- he's still tired from all the fun! Will there be any more events like this in the future?