Galleries & Exhibitions

The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV) contains four gallery spaces, all housed on the second level of the main Museum building.

In the Shenandoah Valley Gallery, objects, multi-media presentations, and dioramas explore the sweep of Valley history, and two additional rooms display changing exhibitions highlighting the Valley's decorative arts. Collect, Preserve, Interpret: Ten Years at the MSV and Painting the Valley: Works by Andrei Kushnir are currently on view in these gallery rooms.

The Founders Gallery presents rotating exhibitions featuring objects from the impressive collection of European and American fine and decorative arts assembled by MSV benefactor Julian Wood Glass Jr. (1910–1992). On view til October 2, 2016 is Face to Face: Portraits from the Julian Wood Glass Jr. Collection exhibition, which include works by renowned artists, such as Rembrandt Peale, George Romney, Gilbert Stuart, Sir Henry Raeburn, John Singleton Copley, Sir Thomas Lawrence, Sir Joshua Reynolds, Pompeo Batoni, and Thomas Gainsborough. Portraits included will feature men, women, families, and children from the 1600s through the 1800s. Most of the paintings are British, with some works by American and Dutch painters also to be included.

The R. Lee Taylor Miniatures Gallery is home to a fascinating collection of furnished miniature houses and rooms assembled by R. Lee Taylor (1924–2000), the Museum’s late Curator of Gardens. This gallery also presents four miniature shadowboxes created by Valley miniatures artist William P. Massey (active late 1930s to late 1940s).

The Changing Exhibitions Gallery displays continually changing exhibitions throughout the year. Alphonse Mucha: Master of Art Nouveau is currently on view in this gallery.   

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