Hours & Admission

THE MSV IS TEMPORARILY CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC. As news about the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation evolves, please be assured that the MSV has no higher priority than the safety and health of our visitors, volunteers, and staff. The MSV is monitoring and following the recommendations of the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Virginia Department of Health. On March 30, 2020, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam issued a stay-at-home order through June 10, 2020. To that end, the MSV is temporarily closed to the public until June 10 and no MSV programming will occur while this order is in place. The opening dates for the MSV gardens and the outdoor exhibition David Rogers’ Big Bugs are still being determined. Please check back for updates.

Days of Operation

Hours of Operation


Free Wednesdays
Group Tours
Adult Tours
Student Tours

Free Summer Admission for Miliary Personnel

Inclement Weather


Days of Operation

The MSV site is open Tuesday through Sunday. The MSV is closed Monday.

The Museum Galleries and Museum Store are open year-round; the House and Gardens are open seasonally from April through December.

Hours of Operation:

  • January through March: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • April through December: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • Extended Wednesday summer hours: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. between Memorial Day and Labor Day (Wednesdays only).
  • Please note: some MSV programs and workshops begin prior to public visiting hours.


In addition to the standard Monday closings, the MSV will also be closed on the following holidays:

  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Eve
  • Christmas Day
  • New Year’s Day


Admission to the MSV includes access to the galleries, house, and gardens. Admission fees are detailed below. MSV events may have additional fees, please check our events calendar for details. On occasion, special exhibition fees apply and will be listed here.

Adult: $10
Seniors: $8
Youth (13–18): $8
Ages 12 & under: free admission
MSV members: free admission

Admission fees will change from April 18–September 13, 2020, during the MSV display of the special outdoor exhibition David Rogers' Big Bugs. Duirng that time period, MSV admission will be as follows: Exhibition fee (includes gallery admission):
Adult: $15
Seniors: $10
Youth (13–18): $10
Ages 5–12: $5
Ages 4 & under: free admission 
MSV members: free admission

Free Wednesday Admission:

Note: MSV admission is always free to ages 12 & under. On Wednesdays, individual and family admission fees are waived thanks to the generosity of corporate sponsor Howard Shockey & Sons, Inc. Reservations are required for all groups of 10 or more and group admission fees apply on Wednesdays (see below). Note: while MSV gallery admission is always free to ages 12 & under and free to all on Wednesdays, these free admission offers will not include David Rogers' Big Bugs on view in the MSV gardens from April 18–September 13, 2020, 

Blue Star Museums

The MSV is a proud participant in the National Endowment for the Arts Blue Star Museums initiative and offers free admission to the nation's active service members, including National Guard and Reserve and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day (military ID required). At the MSV, the free admission offer from Memorial Day through Labor also applies to individual veterans and individual retired military service members (military ID required; offer does not extend to veteran/retirees' families). Thanks to the generosity of sponsor Navy Federal Credit Union, these same Blue Star benefits are applicable for Gardens at Night concerts.

Group Rates
Adult groups of 10 or more receive the rate of $8 per person. Please note: MSV admission fees will increase on April 18, 2020, and the discounted group rate will be $10 per person. This rate also applies on Wednesdays. Reservations are required for all group tours. Call 540-662-1473, ext. 214, or email [email protected]. (To receive the group discount, one payment is required. Individuals in a group may not pay separately. Free Wednesday admission applies to individuals and families only. Discounted rates and guided tours are available for adult and student groups of 10 or more.)

Adult Tours:

The Museum also has a variety of spaces to accommodate a group luncheon or meeting during your visit. Reservations are required for all group tours, including Wednesday visits. A discounted rate of $8 per person is offered for a guided Group Tour of 10 guests or more. Please note: MSV admission fees will increase on April 18, 2020, and the discounted group rate will be $10 per person. ​For more information on Adult Group Tours click here.

Student Tours
Discounted rates and special tours are available to student groups of 10 or more. Prices vary. Please complete the online Student Tour Request Form or call 540-662-1473, ext. 219 or email [email protected] for details. Reservations are required for student group tours.

Inclement Weather

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Museum visitors may park for free in one of the two designated lots at the complex.