The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley is a cultural institute and historic house that welcomes weddings in Winchester, Virginia. From an 18th-century mansion to pristine gardens, the estate is an exceptional and versatile offering. Couples will find a dizzying combination of culture, history, class, and beauty, for a truly special celebration.
Facilities and Capacity
The grounds at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley pre-date the founding of the state, stretching back to the early 18th-century. Over the years, the gardens and properties have been respectfully restored. There are several breathtaking and distinct spaces for weddings of varying sizes. Larger gatherings can take place in the museum itself, which accommodates celebrations of 250 loved ones amongst a vast collection of art. The institute’s staff is happy to work with couples to extend this capacity if needed. For those seeking an opulent union tailored to an intimate guest list, the Glen Burnie House is an ideal setting. A stunning piece of late 18th-century architecture, the property’s interior retains its historic charm with original fixtures and period-appropriate furnishings throughout. The exterior grounds feature a choice of impeccably kept locations. Couples can celebrate their vows under the Pink Pavilion of the courtyard, or embrace upon the Asian Garden’s bridge. There is a private get-ready suite for the use of the wedding party.
The museum’s staff will work with the outside vendors of your choice and is happy to recommend some of Winchester’s most prominent wedding professionals. Over the years, they have forged relationships with a long list of experienced businesses. The team offers rental of each lovely event space for up to six hours, with additional time available for rehearsals and photography sessions.
The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley is a truly historic venue, with soil being broken on its grounds in 1735 by founder James Wood. Since then, the property has been the ancestral home of the Wood and Glass families, remaining so until its last inhabitant Julian Wood Glass Jr. died in 1992. Julian rehabilitated much of the house and grounds during his time as its custodian. With his partner, he transformed the estate into a country retreat and amassed one of the country’s finest collections of decorative arts within its walls. This collection can still be seen today in the house and at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley.
14 Reviews for Museum of the Shenandoah Valley
Recommended by 97% of couples
Courtney Boger · Married on 10/04/2019
Our big day was stunning!
The staff at MSV was friendly and extremely helpful leading up to our big day and on our actual wedding day. Catherine was very patient and answered ALL of my questions...and I had a lot.Sent on 11/23/2019
On the day of our ceremony, everything was smooth. My bridal party and I had our own separate space to get ready prior to the ceremony as did my Groom and his groomsmen so we were able to remain separated prior to walking down the aisle. The ceremony was held in the Grand Allee and was stunning. But, the Grand Allee wasn't the only beautiful spot at the museum. We made sure that we had plenty of time after the ceremony so my Groom and I could have pictures taken throughout the gardens.
My Groom and I can't wait to celebrate future anniversaries with a trip back to Winchester. Of course, when we visit, we will walk through the gardens at the Museum of Shenandoah Valley!
Mallory Rogoff · Married on 09/07/2019
We had our small, intimate wedding here in September 2019 and it just could not have been any better. It was everything I wanted it to be. We had our ceremony and cocktail hour outside in the gardens and our reception in the little hall of the main building. We wanted to give our guests something a bit different while still keeping things traditional and this hit the spot. The gardens are incredibly romantic and there is so much history to appreciate. The event coordinator was a total professional and made sure everything ran according to plan from the vendor setup, getting us all in place, and all the way through to the end of the night. The hall in the main building requires almost no decoration whatsoever. We only added simple candle centerpieces provided by the florist and that was it - so you can save a bit of money there. The hall is so lovely on its own with rich, rustic wood peaking up into the ceiling and hanging starbursts from the beams. We had plenty of room for our 40 guests, catered buffet, and string quartet.Sent on 10/17/2019
Recommendation: Try to book the vendors that the coordinator recommends or at least those that have worked the museum before, this makes a difference. I didn't have to worry about anything because everyone already knew what to do and where to go. The museum is sprawling with the gardens so experienced vendors are key to making things seamless. You will need to rent a tent if you have more than 60 guests, though, so be aware of that.
Can't say it enough - this venue is such a special place for a wedding!
Museum of the Shenandoah Valley's reply:Thank you so much Mallory for your kind words; I appreciate them so much! You all were a pleasure to work with and I wish you all the best! Please come back and visit.
Jessica · Married on 06/11/2016
By far the most beautiful garden venue in VA! We visited at least 30 different sites looking for the perfect one and we found it in the MSV! There were so many different sections in the garden that made it the perfect place to have the ceremony, cocktail hour and reception all in the same venue! The photo opportunities were breathtaking! Another huge reason we chose the MSV was because of Catherine, the event coordinator for the venue. She was a huge help throughout the planning process and indispensable on our wedding day, helping to decorate and making sure everything ran smoothly! She even helped guide our ceremony rehearsal the day before!Sent on 07/27/2016