Hours & Admission
The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley is open Tuesday through Sunday (closed Monday). Admission includes the galleries, gardens and Glen Burnie House (admission is not required to visit the first floor of the Museum where you can enjoy Art in the Halls and shop in the Museum Store. Please begin your visit in the Museum Lobby where admission tickets are sold. The walk from the Museum to the gardens takes less than five minutes; however, a visit to the site may easily last more than two hours. Additional information about hours of operation and admission fees is available here.
Please wear comfortable walking shoes for your visit and dress for the weather to tour the gardens. In the event of rain—without thunder or lightning—the gardens are open (bring an umbrella). In the event of thunder or lightning, the gardens will close. Lockers are available free of charge in the lobby area for visitors to store coats, small bags, and umbrellas.
Dining & Picnic Options
Picnics are welcome in the Museum Gardens. From April through December, a picnic area is open to guests at the garden entrance. Snacks and beverages are available for purchase in the Museum Store. Several bistro tables are located on the first floor of the MSV (two seats per table).
The following applies to the museum’s policies on drawing, painting, and photography:
Sketching with Pencils in the Galleries
Sketching is permitted in the galleries. * Only graphite pencils are allowed . Pens, markers, crayons, charcoals, colored pencils, chalks or pastels are not permitted. Please use only pencil sharpeners that will contain any shavings. Please use firm drawing boards, clipboards, and sketch pads as support. These may not exceed 18 x 24 inches. Painting in the Gardens Painting in oil, acrylic, tempera, pastel, or watercolor is permitted in the gardens during public hours. Sketching is also permitted. Please keep materials contained and dispose of any waste in proper receptacles. Please use an easel, firm drawing board, or other firm surface as support. Please do not enter planting beds. We request that painters refrain from interrupting or impeding tour groups or programs. Please check at the Gatehouse for information regarding the day’s events. Groups of two or more individuals intending to draw or paint must make a reservation at least two weeks in advance by contacting Deborah Hilty at 540-662-1473 ext. 224 . Please check in at the Guest Services desk upon arrival.
Photography at the Museum
The Museum encourages its guests to take casual photographs and videos of their visit for their own personal use. However, personal photographs and videos may not be used for any commercial purpose or duplicated for sale, and any photo/video footage taken at the MSV may not be used for promoting commercial products or services. All professional photographers must pay a location fee to use the gardens for photo shoots. During your visit to the MSV you may be filmed, videotaped, and/or photographed by a MSV employee or contract photographer. Your attendance serves as permission for the use of your image by the MSV and its constituents.
There are some photography restrictions for all photographers at the MSV:
To take photos at the MSV, amateur photographers/videographers must purchase general admission to the Museum or be MSV Members. Admission not required on free-admission days.
*Some loan and exhibition agreements may prohibit sketching, drawing, or painting. Such restrictions will be posted.
If you are interested in drawing or painting in the galleries and would like more information, please download and sign the following Application Form and submit it to the MSV Admissions Desk or Gatehouse:
Museum of the Shenandoah Valley
Atten: Collections Department
901 Amherst Street
Winchester, VA 22601
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