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 #theMSV Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV) is dedicated to preserving and enriching the cultural life and heritage of the Valley.
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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.

Operating as usual

Get a behind-the-scenes look at fall foliage and the latest MSV garden developments on this guided tour led by MSV Deput...
11/02/2020

Get a behind-the-scenes look at fall foliage and the latest MSV garden developments on this guided tour led by MSV Deputy Director of Operations and Director of Gardens Perry Mathewes. Sign up today http://bit.ly/FallFoliageMSV

This is for all of our MSV fans out there! Can you guess what this is?
11/02/2020

This is for all of our MSV fans out there! Can you guess what this is?

This past weekend we had a beautiful little rainbow that visited the MSV. We hope that each of you are staying happy and...
10/28/2020

This past weekend we had a beautiful little rainbow that visited the MSV. We hope that each of you are staying happy and healthy!

We hope that you are having a great Wednesday.

10/26/2020
DON’T MISS BIG BUGS AT THE MSV

Now through November 15, see gargantuan bug sculptures in the outdoor exhibition “David Rogers’ Big Bugs” at Winchester’s Museum of the Shenandoah Valley! Bring the kids to walk under a 10-foot-tall daddy long legs, see an 18-foot-long praying mantis, and explore seven acres of gardens looking for more larger-than-life bugs all made out of natural forest materials.

Admission is $5-$15 (free to ages 4 & under, MSV members, and active military). Open Tuesday–Sunday now through November 15.

Get more info & discount tickets here http://bit.ly/MSVGroupon

Sponsored by Navy Federal Credit Union and @Shenandoah Country Q102.

It was a busy week of trails construction at the MSV! Activity included tar and chipping of accessible trails, prepping ...
10/23/2020

It was a busy week of trails construction at the MSV! Activity included tar and chipping of accessible trails, prepping the wetlands for the floating boardwalk, and spreading mulch on the rustic trails. Mark your calendar—The Trails at the MSV will open on November 25! Stay tuned for more behind-the-scenes peeks at construction activity.

If you've always wanted to learn how to crochet, this virtual workshop is for you! Learn crochet basics and how to creat...
10/22/2020

If you've always wanted to learn how to crochet, this virtual workshop is for you! Learn crochet basics and how to create a quick and trendy "kitty" hat in this fun program. No prior crochet experience necessary. Workshop fee is pay what you can. Sign up now http://bit.ly/VirtualWorkshopCrochet

Have you seen the Adventure in the Arts exhibition yet? Members always receive free admission to the MSV. Join today and...
10/21/2020

Have you seen the Adventure in the Arts exhibition yet? Members always receive free admission to the MSV. Join today and use discount code ART15 to receive 15% off your MSV membership!

Join here https://themsv.secure.force.com/ticket#/memberships today.

We are so grateful to partner with Frederick County Parks and Recreation to provide a story walk to our community. The s...
10/21/2020

We are so grateful to partner with Frederick County Parks and Recreation to provide a story walk to our community. The story walk is on the trails at Rose Hill Park. We hope you get out and enjoy the story!

It is beginning to look a lot like fall here at the MSV! We would like to thank our friends at Nalls Farm Market in Berr...
10/20/2020

It is beginning to look a lot like fall here at the MSV! We would like to thank our friends at Nalls Farm Market in Berryville for providing us with these beautiful pumpkins! Don't they provide some great color to the MSV gardens?

Join us virtually—while enjoying your favorite cocktail—for a look at contemporary works by Valley artists in the MSV co...
10/19/2020

Join us virtually—while enjoying your favorite cocktail—for a look at contemporary works by Valley artists in the MSV collection! Director of Exhibitions Cory Garman will discuss a few recent MSV acquisitions on view in "Vital Force" and share tips for making your own simple syrups to spice up cooler weather cocktails and mocktails. Sign up here: http://bit.ly/ArtatHappyHourValleyArtists

How does this sculpture make you feel? What do you see?  "Sculpture is more pure play then painting," said Max Ernst. Al...
10/19/2020

How does this sculpture make you feel? What do you see? "Sculpture is more pure play then painting," said Max Ernst. Although he worked primarily in two-dimensional media, Ernst made sculptures every few years throughout his career.

Join us on October 20 for some art adventures! Ages 5 and above will explore the exhibition An Adventure in the Arts the...
10/18/2020

Join us on October 20 for some art adventures! Ages 5 and above will explore the exhibition An Adventure in the Arts then paint their own original works of art in the classroom. Choose from one of the four dates offered as group size is limited. With Sarah Perks and Curry Schiavone. Sign up today http://bit.ly/GalleryExplorers

What are you doing today? These ladies are relaxing in the beautiful MSV gardens. Take some time and get out to nature t...
10/17/2020

What are you doing today? These ladies are relaxing in the beautiful MSV gardens. Take some time and get out to nature this weekend. We would also love if you visited the MSV gardens!

10/16/2020
Get Ready for the Amuse Art & Craft Fair

It is time to Amuse at Home with the virtual market this year. Join Community Programs Manager Autumn Gray as she explains how you can Amuse at Home. We hope to see you virtually at www.amuseartfair.com! We are so grateful to partner with AMUSE Art & Craft Fair for this years virtual market.

Do you have any idea what the creator is doing here? If so, take a guess in the comment below!
10/16/2020

Do you have any idea what the creator is doing here? If so, take a guess in the comment below!

Join us on October 17 for Gallery Explorers: Art Adventure! Ages 5 and above will explore the exhibition An Adventure in...
10/15/2020

Join us on October 17 for Gallery Explorers: Art Adventure!

Ages 5 and above will explore the exhibition An Adventure in the Arts then paint their own original works of art in the classroom. Choose from one of the four dates offered as group size is limited. With Sarah Perks and Curry Schiavone. Sign up today http://bit.ly/GalleryExplorersArtAdventure

Change can be beautiful. The MSV thanks all of you who have supported the Gardens, Galleries, and Trails at the MSV thro...
10/14/2020

Change can be beautiful. The MSV thanks all of you who have supported the Gardens, Galleries, and Trails at the MSV throughout this year. Your support of the MSV Fund makes this a place of hope and belonging for our community. Thank you. Learn more about the MSV Fund here: http://bit.ly/MSVfund

Do you enjoy drawing or art? You can get some beautiful sketches of the MSV gardens and the Big Bug sculptures! If you a...
10/14/2020

Do you enjoy drawing or art? You can get some beautiful sketches of the MSV gardens and the Big Bug sculptures! If you are interested in some color, the leaves are changing as well. We hope to see you at the MSV soon!

Celebrate the fall harvest with this talk by Diane Kearns of Winchester Ciderworks, focused on the history of the apple ...
10/13/2020

Celebrate the fall harvest with this talk by Diane Kearns of Winchester Ciderworks, focused on the history of the apple industry in Winchester and Frederick County. Learn about apple cultivation through this interactive presentation complete with artifacts and historic tools. This monthly program includes talks on art, Valley history, and culture. Sign up here today http://bit.ly/LunchandLearnOctober

10/13/2020
"The Bodice Project" Exhibition at the MSV

Do you know the history behind The Bodice Project? Learn about how the organization and exhibit developed and was created. You will hear about artist stories, see images of the bodices, and learn about the future of the exhibit. We hope you enjoy this beautiful story!

What happens when grassroots arts organizations and museums connect? Get an inside look at The Bodice Project  exhibitio...
10/13/2020

What happens when grassroots arts organizations and museums connect? Get an inside look at The Bodice Project exhibition and the impact that art can have in the latest blog post by Museum of the Shenandoah Valley Director of Exhibitions Cory Garman. Read the blog post here http://bit.ly/TheBodiceProjectBlog

Art is a vital force. And at the MSV, so are our donors! As a private organization, The MSV receives no government suppo...
10/07/2020

Art is a vital force. And at the MSV, so are our donors! As a private organization, The MSV receives no government support for operations. Exhibitions like Adventure in the Arts are made possible through donor support. Help the MSV bring world-class exhibitions to the Shenandoah Valley by donating to the MSV Fund today.

Donate today http://bit.ly/MSVfund

We are so glad that our museum and gardens are able to have student tours back! Last week we had the opportunity to enga...
10/07/2020

We are so glad that our museum and gardens are able to have student tours back! Last week we had the opportunity to engage with students to sketch and learn about some of the new exhibitions that we have here at the MSV.

In celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and The Bodice Project exhibition, join the MSV for a webinar addressing...
10/06/2020

In celebration of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and The Bodice Project exhibition, join the MSV for a webinar addressing breast cancer and breast health. Speakers and topics include:

Lifetime Breast Cancer Risk Assessment with Anita Minghini MD, Valley Breast Care & Women's Health Center

Update on Breast Cancer Imaging with Christopher Nieman MD,Winchester Radiologists

Why Family History Matters: The Importance of Genetics in Breast Cancer Risk by Meredith Melchiori, MS, CGC, Myriad Genetics

Let Food Be Thy Medicine: The Role of Nutrition in Reducing Breast Cancer Risk by Donna Michel, MD, FACP, DiplABLM

Let Movement Be Thy Lifestyle: The Role of Exercise in Reducing Breast Cancer Risk by Laura Dabinett, MD, FACOG, Women's Center Of Winchester

Sign up here http://bit.ly/MSVBreastCancerWebinar

Teen Art Club is a monthly gathering for teenage students who are interested in art. Join Teen Art Club online in Octobe...
10/06/2020

Teen Art Club is a monthly gathering for teenage students who are interested in art. Join Teen Art Club online in October for an interactive virtual tour of the MSV exhibition An Adventure in the Arts. We will see and discuss works by some of the 20th century’s most influential artists. Ages 13 and up. Presented in collaboration with the ShenArts - Shenandoah Arts Council.

Sign up here http://bit.ly/TeenArtClubOctober.

10/06/2020
Art for Sale by Shenandoah Valley Artist

AMAZING PAINTINGS FOR SALE! Now–October 17, 2020 Shenandoah Valley artist Sally Veach, Artist is hosting an online art sale to benefit Winchester’s Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. She talks about her gorgeous work Arura 6A and why she created it when she did. Browse the work here https://www.sallyveach.com/shop

10/05/2020

Welcome to the Virtual “An Adventure in the Arts” Gallery Talk at the MSV!

This little butterfly was soaking up the sun on this gorgeous flower in the MSV gardens. The flowers are blooming like c...
10/03/2020

This little butterfly was soaking up the sun on this gorgeous flower in the MSV gardens. The flowers are blooming like crazy and are a must see. It is supposed to be a gorgeous day so visit the MSV with your family and friends today!

Celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a visit to Winchester’s Museum of the Shenandoah Valley to experience “The ...
10/02/2020
The Bodice Project | The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

Celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness Month with a visit to Winchester’s Museum of the Shenandoah Valley to experience “The Bodice Project.” This inspirational exhibition celebrates the beauty and strength of those battling breast cancer and presents nearly two dozen sculptures that depict the struggles and triumphs of women and men who have had breast cancer. Get details here: https://bit.ly/TheBodiceProjectMSV

“The Bodice Project” includes plaster-cast torso sculptures, and bodices made of wood, metal, yarn, clay, and other materials. See it at the MSV through November 1, 2020 (open Tuesday–Sunday).

The MSV display of “The Bodice Project” was made possible by the sponsorship of Myriad Genetics, Women's Center Of Winchester and Dr. Laura Dabinett; Winchester OBGYN
;Drs. Anita Minghini and Paul Lambert; Shenandoah Oncology P.C.
; Valley Health; Power Wellness; and Tracy Fitzsimmons and J. Knox Singleton.
#breastcancer #breastcancersurvivor #cancersucks #breastcancerwarrior #shenandoahvalleymuseum #theMSV #loveVA #shenandoahvalley
The Bodice Project

An inspirational exhibition that is beginning its national museum tour at the MSV, The Bodice Project illustrates the struggles and triumphs of those battling breast cancer and addresses the question of “Who am I now?” At the MSV from July 11 through November 1, 2020, The Bodice Project presents...

Toothache Plant (Acmella oleraceae/ Spilanthes acmella) This sunny little plant was once used medicinally; compounds in ...
09/29/2020

Toothache Plant (Acmella oleraceae/ Spilanthes acmella) This sunny little plant was once used medicinally; compounds in the leaves and flowers can create anything from a tingling sensation to near numbness in the mouth. Everyone has a slightly different reaction! You can see (but not taste) our Toothache Plants in the MSV Vegetable Garden.

09/25/2020
Get your Hickory Syrup Today!

Are you a pancake lover? Do you enjoy sweet things? You don't want to miss out on this delicious hickory syrup! Get yours in the MSV store today.

Look what we found in the MSV gardens today. A praying mantis! We have a HUGE one in the “David Rogers Big Bugs” exhibit...
09/25/2020

Look what we found in the MSV gardens today. A praying mantis!

We have a HUGE one in the “David Rogers Big Bugs” exhibit here at the MSV!

Visit to see it today!

We are ending International Deaf Awareness month with an awesome blog post from our Curator of Collections Nick Powers. ...
09/25/2020

We are ending International Deaf Awareness month with an awesome blog post from our Curator of Collections Nick Powers. He talks about a famous deaf Valley artist Edward Caledon Bruce.

Check out this great blog here: http://bit.ly/MSVDeafAwarenessBlog

Have you ever visited a gunsmith shop? Here is a depiction of the Southern Appalachian Gunsmith’s Shop created by the wi...
09/25/2020

Have you ever visited a gunsmith shop?

Here is a depiction of the Southern Appalachian Gunsmith’s Shop created by the wizard of wood John Heatwole.

Heatwole used hundreds of individually carved and painted pieces to assemble the shop.

#woodcarving #wood #theMSV

John L. Heatwole (American, 1948-2006)
Bridgewater, Virginia
Wood, polychrome paint
2020.06.1, Museum Purchase with funds from the Gaunt Collectors Society given in memory of David W. Powers (1956-2019)

This piece “Terrestrial II” reveals artist Jimmy Ernst interest in structure. “I like structured forms. I like to allow ...
09/24/2020

This piece “Terrestrial II” reveals artist Jimmy Ernst interest in structure.

“I like structured forms. I like to allow forms to emerge out of the intersection or the combination of linear elements.”

On view in the “An Adventure in the Arts” exhibition at the MSV.

Jimmy Ernst (1920-1980)
“Terrestrial II, 1968
oil on canvas
Guild Hall Museum, Gift of Dallas Ernst
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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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I so enjoyed my stroll through the gardens....the flowers were amazing. Thank you for your amazing work - the dedication and passion is evident everywhere.
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.