Monday, October 26, 2009
Friday, October 23, 2009
THE HOUSE, THE GARDENS, THE MUSEUM
The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV) interprets the art, history, and culture of the great valley for which it is named. This regional museum complex in Winchester, Virginia, includes a historic house dating to the eighteenth century, six acres of spectacular gardens, and a museum designed by internationally recognized architect Michael Graves.
You could easily spend the better part of a day at this museum site. Plan for about 45 minutes to tour the historic house, at least an hour to explore the six acres of gardens on your own, and another hour or so in the museum galleries. One good approach is to experience the house and gardens in the morning, have lunch in the Museum Tea Room, and see the galleries in the afternoon. Or vice versa. The Museum Tea Room is also a good place for afternoon tea. Don't miss the Museum Store during your visit.
The museum is open year-round, and the house and gardens are open March through November. All are open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday; closed Mondays and major holidays. Click here for details about upcoming holiday closings.