General Information

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 admission about hours of operation and admission fees is available here.

Wheelchair Accessibility
The Museum is wheelchair accessible. Several wheelchairs are available for use free of charge during your MSV visit. Simply ask the Visitor Services in the Museum Lobby.

Recommended Attire
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).

No Pets Please
Only service animals are permitted inside the gardens and galleries. Please do not bring your pets with you.

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 (see below).

There are some photography restrictions for all photographers at the MSV:

  • In the Museum, photography is not permitted in the Changing Exhibitions Gallery at any time.
  • In the other galleries only non-flash photography is permitted.
  • Tripod or monopod use is limited to the gardens and is not permitted in the galleries. Advance reservations/permissions are not required for personal, non-commercial tripod/monopod use.

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.

Please Note:

  • All photography is at the discretion of the Museum.
  • All wedding photography is considered commercial and a location fee of $100/hour is required as are advance reservations. Email events@theMSV.org or call 540-662-1473, ext. 227 to make arrangements.
  • Product photography is not permitted. 
  • Changing of clothing or photography of bathing suits is not permitted.
  • Commercial filming and Professional Photography/Photo Shoots are permitted by appointment only and permission is granted at the discretion of the Museum. Location fees are required, and certain restrictions may apply. For information about commercial photography and filming, email events@theMSV.org or call 540-662-1473, ext. 227.

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.

Research Requests
If you are interested in more information about an object(s) in the MSV Collection, please fill out this Research Request Form and email it to kbryner@theMSV.org or mail it to:

Museum of the Shenandoah Valley
Atten: Collections Department
901 Amherst Street
Winchester, VA 22601

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