First Night at the MSV

Celebrate First Night Winchester at the MSV!

In partnership with First Night Winchester, the MSV presents FREE daytime New Year’s entertainment and activities filled with fun and excitement for the whole family!

From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on New Year's Eve admission to the Museum will be FREE to all thanks to sponsor Howard Shockey & Sons, Inc. Enjoy family-oriented entertainment, too! Ronald McDonald will be at the MSV from 10 a.m. to noon and children’s musician and one-man-band Peter McCory will perform at 1 p.m.  Free face painting and balloon creations will be offered from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m., and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. families are invited to stop by the Museum’s BB&T Learning Center to create festive party hats to ring in the New Year.   

Along with family fun, First Night celebrants may also experience MSV exhibitions for FREE throughout the day on December 31. On view in the Changing Exhibitions Gallery, Second Time Around: The Hubcap as Art, features works by 287 artists from across the globe who responded to the challenge to transform discarded hubcaps into works of art. The exhibition is sponsored in part by Trex, Shenandoah Country Q102, and Reader & Swartz Architects, P.C. In the Shenandoah Valley Gallery, Safes of the Valley presents the first-ever display of food safes—commonly known as “pie safes” —made in the Shenandoah Valley region and dating to the 1800s and early 1900s. Newly opened in the Founders Gallery, Face to Face: Portraits from the Julian Wood Glass Jr. Collection features 35 portraits by renowned eighteenth and nineteenth-century American and European artists. Face to Face was made possible with the support of MSV Compass Society Donors. Each exhibition includes fun hands-on activities for visitors of all ages!

While First Night buttons are not required to take part in the free activities at the MSV, buttons for the evening's First Night activities in Old Town Winchester are available for purchase in the Museum Store. For more information on First Night Winchester visit



Wed, Dec 31 • 10:00 am to 4:00 pm


MSV Members: Free

All Others: Free