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.

Celebrate Black History Month with gospels, spirituals, and protest songs from the American Civil Rights Movement perfor...
01/30/2020

Celebrate Black History Month with gospels, spirituals, and protest songs from the American Civil Rights Movement performed by Shenandoah University’s Harambee Gospel Choir and interpreted by Dr. James Coates.

Get your tickets today at http://bit.ly/BlackHistoryMonthConcert

01/29/2020

Happy #nationalpuzzelday!

When Museum of the Shenandoah Valley benefactor Julian Wood Glass Jr. and his partner R. Lee Taylor travelled, they didn’t just acquire art and antiques. They also brought back puzzles and games! Made in 1965, this puzzle’s design was adapted from a K’ang Hsi Period (1662–1722) Chinese porcelain plate in the Metropolitan Museum of Art Collection.

Last week, the MSV collections staff assembled the puzzle to photograph it and to make sure it still retains all of its pieces (it’s missing one!). Soon the puzzle will become a part of the recently formed Glen Burnie Queer Studies Collection. This new collection preserves the everyday objects owned by Julian Wood Glass Jr. and R. Lee Taylor dating to their occupancy of Glen Burnie, including objects that speak to their time as a gay couple.

Did you get a chance to read the blog by Curator of Collections Nick Powers? Make sure to read it to learn about leap ye...
01/29/2020

Did you get a chance to read the blog by Curator of Collections Nick Powers?

Make sure to read it to learn about leap year traditions!

Check it out now http://bit.ly/LeapYearTraditionsBlog

Does your teen enjoy working with clay? Do they know any clay techniques? Enjoy this fun and exciting workshop where tee...
01/29/2020

Does your teen enjoy working with clay? Do they know any clay techniques?

Enjoy this fun and exciting workshop where teens will learn things like wheel throwing and hand building. They will also be able to take home their creations!

Sign up today http://bit.ly/YouthCeramicPlateWorkshop

“Having unluckily got the blade broke of the sword you were so kind as to lend me I brought it with me to this place and...
01/29/2020

“Having unluckily got the blade broke of the sword you were so kind as to lend me I brought it with me to this place and have got a new blade made to the same handle and scabbard.”

So wrote Thomas Jefferson to Colonel James Wood Jr. in 1783. Jefferson was in Philadelphia at the time preparing to accompany John Adams and Benjamin Franklin to France to negotiate a peace treaty with Great Britain. Jefferson did not make the trip and we may never know what happened to James Wood’s sword. Did it ever return to Glen Burnie?

#WoodGlassWednesday #JeffersonBrokeMySword #FoundingFather

Do you have a Valentine sweetheart in mind? Do you enjoy watercolor painting? Enjoy chocolate treats as you design and p...
01/28/2020

Do you have a Valentine sweetheart in mind? Do you enjoy watercolor painting?

Enjoy chocolate treats as you design and paint Valentine cards for you sweatheart using basic watercolor techniques!

Register today http://bit.ly/ValentineWaterColor

The flip of the calendar from December to January marks the first of three Leap Years that will occur this decade. While...
01/27/2020
Who Wears the Pants in This Family? Leap Year Traditions, Cast Iron, and a Pair of Trousers Up a Tree | The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

The flip of the calendar from December to January marks the first of three Leap Years that will occur this decade. While Leap Year only occurs only every four years, it never fails to leave its mark on the popular culture of the time.

Read this fun blog created by Curator of Collections Nick Powers!

Check it out today http://bit.ly/LeapYearTraditionsBlog!

The flip of the calendar from December to January marks the first of three Leap Years that will occur this decade. While Leap Year only occurs only every four years, it never fails to leave its mark on the popular culture of the time. By: Curator of Collections Nick Powers Admittedly, some impressio...

01/26/2020
Homeschool Art Studio Art

Check this homeschool art studio painter as he paints is artwork!

Do you or your children like to paint?

Check out some of our upcoming painting programs here http://bit.ly/MSVEvents

#paintings #theMSV #museums #art

Coming soon to the MSV: #ThingsComeApart exhibition! Take a closer look at the objects that surround you each day as art...
01/25/2020

Coming soon to the MSV: #ThingsComeApart exhibition!

Take a closer look at the objects that surround you each day as artists Todd Mclellan Motion/Stills disassembles iconic objects from smartphones to typewriters, revealing their hidden engineering and industrial design!

Thanks to Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service for allowing us to work with them on this great exhibition.

Just so everyone knows, the garden crew released a lion in the gardens today. Have a great weekend!
01/25/2020

Just so everyone knows, the garden crew released a lion in the gardens today. Have a great weekend!

Don't forget that the seed exchange is tomorrow at Blandy Experimental Farm!
01/24/2020

Don't forget that the seed exchange is tomorrow at Blandy Experimental Farm!

Get you a garden that can do it all. #dollypartonchallenge
01/24/2020

Get you a garden that can do it all. #dollypartonchallenge

Get you some galleries that can do it all. #dollypartonchallenge
01/24/2020

Get you some galleries that can do it all. #dollypartonchallenge

Bundle up and take a guided garden tour that highlights features of the beautiful winter landscape. Don't forget to regi...
01/24/2020

Bundle up and take a guided garden tour that highlights features of the beautiful winter landscape.

Don't forget to register today http://bit.ly/WinterGardenWalk

Julian Wood Glass Jr. had a passion for literature. You may know that he collected art, but you might not have known tha...
01/22/2020

Julian Wood Glass Jr. had a passion for literature. You may know that he collected art, but you might not have known that he also amassed a large library of books.

This Wood Glass Family photograph from July 1970 shows a few of the shelves in the Glen Burnie library filled with rows of books. #WoodGlassWednesday #LibraryShelfie

01/22/2020
Why don't squirrels have any friends? Because they drive everyone nuts! Happy #SquirrelAppreciationDay from the MSV. Rea...
01/21/2020

Why don't squirrels have any friends? Because they drive everyone nuts!

Happy #SquirrelAppreciationDay from the MSV. Read the latest blog on squirrels today.

http://bit.ly/SquirrelApprecationDay

We’re going “nuts” for Squirrel Appreciation Day! One of the several pets that made Glen Burnie their home was Peter Poc...
01/21/2020

We’re going “nuts” for Squirrel Appreciation Day!

One of the several pets that made Glen Burnie their home was Peter Pocket, an orphaned squirrel that Julian Wood Glass Jr. (1910-1992) and R. Lee Taylor (1924-2000) took in and cared for. Lee Taylor even made a pair of miniature houses—inspired by ancient architecture and raised on posts—for the squirrel to call home.

The “miniature mansions” once stood on the patio directly outside of Glen Burnie’s Breakfast Room.

Calling all gardeners! Do you know when the next seed exchange is in Frederick County? Read our newest blog post to get ...
01/21/2020
Seed Exchanges | The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

Calling all gardeners! Do you know when the next seed exchange is in Frederick County?

Read our newest blog post to get the details!

http://bit.ly/SeedExchanges

January, notably cold and dreary, is the time to curl up somewhere warm with a pile of notes, drawings, and seed catalogues, dreaming of gardens to come. It can feel a little lonesome for a gardener when you are waiting for spring thaw – until you hear about an upcoming seed exchange. By Horticult...

01/17/2020

Due to the wintry weather forecast being predicted, the MSV Gallery Explorers program scheduled for 10:30 a.m. this Saturday, January 18, has been postponed until Saturday, January 25, at 10:30 a.m.

A few spots remain in this fun, art-focused program for ages 4+. Contact the MSV youth and family programs manager at [email protected] if you’d like to sign up!

Are you starting off the New Year planning a wedding? The seven-acre gardens at Winchester’s Museum of the Shenandoah Va...
01/17/2020

Are you starting off the New Year planning a wedding?

The seven-acre gardens at Winchester’s Museum of the Shenandoah Valley are romantic and picture-perfect! Discover the possibilities for your big day at this unforgettable venue by booking a free site visit today http://bit.ly/MSVWedding

Photo courtesy of Julie Napear Photography.

#gaywedding #loveislove #loveVA #gaymarriage #weddings #weddingwire #NewYear #theMSV #sealthedeal #groom #shenandoahvalley #Mr #marriage #gardens

Bring your child to a fun exciting program at the MSV on Saturday, January 18!Gallery Explorers: Rembrandt will allow yo...
01/17/2020

Bring your child to a fun exciting program at the MSV on Saturday, January 18!

Gallery Explorers: Rembrandt will allow your child to see etchings in "Rembrandt and His Contemporaries: Prints from the Dutch Golden Age" and then allow them to make their own print!

Don't forget to sign up today http://bit.ly/GalleryExplorarsMSV!

What a busy day at the MSV! These are just a few moments that were captures throughout the day.
01/16/2020

What a busy day at the MSV! These are just a few moments that were captures throughout the day.

Did you miss Registrar/ Collections Manager Lauren Fleming's blog post? Make sure to check it out today! Please comment ...
01/16/2020

Did you miss Registrar/ Collections Manager Lauren Fleming's blog post? Make sure to check it out today! Please comment below your thoughts on the blog post.

http://bit.ly/WoodGlassWednesdayBlog

When the fog sets in at the MSV. #foggymorning #fog #foggy #museums #gardens #beautiful #peaceful  @ Museum of the Shena...
01/15/2020

When the fog sets in at the MSV.

#foggymorning #fog #foggy #museums #gardens #beautiful #peaceful @ Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

Did you know that it’s National Hat Day! No? Well, the toddler on the left is certainly prepared. Unfortunately, we do n...
01/15/2020

Did you know that it’s National Hat Day! No? Well, the toddler on the left is certainly prepared.

Unfortunately, we do not know who these fashionable kids (or their dog) are because many of the photos from the Wood Glass Family Papers are unlabeled.

Did your parents ever dress you up in such a cumbersome outfit?

#WoodGlassWednesday #NationalHatDay

We are starting #WoodGlassWednesday! No more #MiniatureMonday. Do you know about the Wood Glass Family papers? If not, c...
01/14/2020
Wood Glass Wednesdays | The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

We are starting #WoodGlassWednesday! No more #MiniatureMonday.

Do you know about the Wood Glass Family papers? If not, check out this informative blog by Registrar/Collections Manager Lauren Fleming.

http://bit.ly/WoodGlassWednesdayBlog

This hoard of papers, along with personal photographs, made its way into the MSV in 1996 as part of Julian Wood Glass Jr.’s estate. Since that time the materials have been sitting in collections storage with their contents largely unknown and inaccessible to researchers and staff members. By Regis...

Do you enjoy etchings? In this interactive gallery talk, take a closer look at the works on view in Rembrandt and His Co...
01/14/2020

Do you enjoy etchings?

In this interactive gallery talk, take a closer look at the works on view in Rembrandt and His Contemporaries: Prints from the Dutch Golden Age with MSV Deputy Director of Arts and Education Nancy Huth.

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

Have you ever deinstalled an exhibition? Do you know what it looks like? Today the exhibitions team deinstalled "Bill Ru...
01/13/2020

Have you ever deinstalled an exhibition? Do you know what it looks like?

Today the exhibitions team deinstalled "Bill Rutherfoord: Allegory of No Region." It takes time to make sure that every piece is put together in their container correctly. Not only that, but you must be very careful with the works so that they aren't damaged.

It is a tough process!

We can't say thank you enough to our amazing volunteers! Here are some of our volunteers cleaning up the bamboo garden e...
01/13/2020

We can't say thank you enough to our amazing volunteers! Here are some of our volunteers cleaning up the bamboo garden east of the Asian Garden. The bamboo garden will open this summer! #bamboo #bamboogarden #museums #gardens #trails

LAST CHANCE AT THE MSV: Tomorrow Jan. 12, is the final day the traveling exhibition “Bill Rutherfoord: Allegory of No Re...
01/12/2020

LAST CHANCE AT THE MSV: Tomorrow Jan. 12, is the final day the traveling exhibition “Bill Rutherfoord: Allegory of No Region” will be on view at Winchester’s Museum of the Shenandoah Valley! Stop by and see 11 large-scale, incredibly detailed contemporary paintings that are a provocative blend of folklore, history, and art.

Works in the exhibition range in size from 6 to 25 feet and reference artists, literary figures, and events from the Civil War to the BP Gulf Oil disaster. ”Bill Rutherfoord: Allegory of No Region” is organized by the Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, Virginia.

The MSV is open from 11–4 this Sunday. Exhibition admission is free to MSV Members and ages 12 and under; all others: $10, $8 youth/senior.

#contemporary #culture #folktales #politics #environment #global #shenandoahvalleymuseum #theMSV #loveVA #shenandoahvalley

Do you enjoy music? Enjoy a Sunday afternoon of classic tunes from the Shenandoah Conservatory Trombone Quartet. Music w...
01/11/2020

Do you enjoy music?

Enjoy a Sunday afternoon of classic tunes from the Shenandoah Conservatory Trombone Quartet. Music will take you back to the times of Rembrandt with tunes from Bach and Shutz.

Sign up today for this great event!

Register here http://bit.ly/ShenandoahConservatoryTromboneQuartet

We can't get enough of the beautiful snowy landscape here at the MSV! Photos by Perry Mathewes
01/09/2020

We can't get enough of the beautiful snowy landscape here at the MSV!

Photos by Perry Mathewes

Coloring Contest Winners! Drum roll please!Here are the First Night Winchester Coloring Contest Winners for 2019.
01/09/2020

Coloring Contest Winners! Drum roll please!

Here are the First Night Winchester Coloring Contest Winners for 2019.

HOMESCHOOL ART STUDIO AT THE MSV: Wednesdays, January 15 through March 18, 10 a.m.–noon. Enrich your child’s learning ex...
01/08/2020

HOMESCHOOL ART STUDIO AT THE MSV: Wednesdays, January 15 through March 18, 10 a.m.–noon. Enrich your child’s learning experience by making Winchester’s Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV) a part of their homeschool studies.

Young artists (grades 5–8) will be given personalized instruction to help build a foundation for visual arts and creative expression by exploring the MSV’s collections and special exhibitions and engaging in a wide variety of art media projects, including pottery, painting, drawing, printmaking, and more!

Hurry! Only few spaces remain. Get more info and sign up by January 13 here: http://bit.ly/HomeschoolArtSchool

Do you enjoy snow? We love it here at the MSV! #snow #museums #gardens #beautiful #shenandoahvalley
01/08/2020

Do you enjoy snow? We love it here at the MSV! #snow #museums #gardens #beautiful #shenandoahvalley

Make some noise for Wood-Glass Wednesday! Now who is going to clean all of this up? This photograph from the Wood-Glass ...
01/08/2020

Make some noise for Wood-Glass Wednesday!

Now who is going to clean all of this up?

This photograph from the Wood-Glass Family Papers shows Julian Wood Jr., his mother Eva Payne Glass, and friends celebrating New Years at Glen Burnie.

There are more spots! Since this Lunch and Learn was such a hit and the 12:30 slot sold out, we have added another one a...
01/08/2020

There are more spots! Since this Lunch and Learn was such a hit and the 12:30 slot sold out, we have added another one at 2 p.m.

Make sure to get your spot now as spots are filling fast!

Register now http://bit.ly/MSVJanLunchandLearn

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01/07/2020

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley's cover photo

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley's cover photo
01/07/2020

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley's cover photo

01/07/2020
Designed especially for individual visitors with memory loss and their care partners, Memories at the MSV is an opportun...
01/07/2020

Designed especially for individual visitors with memory loss and their care partners, Memories at the MSV is an opportunity to socialize, enjoy history and art, and create together.

In January, participants will: Socialize and enjoy refreshments in the Museum's BB&T Learning Center, Explore landscape paintings in the exhibition Ghosts of a Forgotten Landscape: Paintings by Sally Veach with a museum educator, and
Create landscape artworks (supplies provided).

Sign up today http://bit.ly/JanMemoriesattheMSV

01/07/2020
01/07/2020

First snow of #2020 ❄️🌨☃️

Did you know that George Washington won his first publicly elected office in Winchester by plying potential voters with ...
01/03/2020

Did you know that George Washington won his first publicly elected office in Winchester by plying potential voters with free alcohol?

Learn about the Shenandoah Valley’s “spirited” history with MSV Curator of Collections Nick Powers at Lunch and Learn: History of Valley Spirits!

Register here today http://bit.ly/MSVLunchandLearn

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901 Amherst St
Winchester, VA
22601

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Tuesday 11:00 - 16:00
Wednesday 11:00 - 16:00
Thursday 11:00 - 16:00
Friday 11:00 - 16:00
Saturday 11:00 - 16:00
Sunday 11:00 - 16:00

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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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‪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?