Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

901 Amherst St, Winchester, VA 22601 Map · Phone number
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About Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley is currently only booking events for June 2021 and beyond.

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.

Please note, the MSV is a site only. The MSV does NOT offer packages that include catering, tent rentals, event equipment, or any other wedding needs beyond the site. These services must be purchased by an outside vendor.

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. 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.

Services Offered

The MSV offers rentals of lovely event space for up to six hours, with additional time available for rehearsals and photography sessions.

Please note that the MSV does not offer tents, chairs, tables, or other items; these will need to be rented by the client from a third party vendor. The MSV is happy to recommend outstanding local vendors for all your wedding needs.

History

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.

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Reception Hall/indoor back up
Reception Hall/indoor back up
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Ceremony in the Grand Allee
Ceremony in the Grand Allee
Vegetable Garden
Vegetable Garden
Happy couple
Happy couple
In front of Formal Gate
In front of Formal Gate
First Look
First Look
Just married!
Just married!
Spring Garden
Spring Garden
Bridal Party photos
Bridal Party photos
Fall splendor
Fall splendor
Handsome Groomsmen
Handsome Groomsmen
Asian Garden
Asian Garden
Pink Pavilion Courtyard
Pink Pavilion Courtyard
Beautiful clear top Tent
Beautiful clear top Tent
Awesome dance band!
Awesome dance band!
Grand entrance to reception
Grand entrance to reception
 Grand Allee in Spring Bloom
Grand Allee in Spring Bloom
A Garden Walk
A Garden Walk
Stone wall in Pink Pavilion
Stone wall in Pink Pavilion
Pre-Ceremony pictures
Pre-Ceremony pictures
January Elopement
January Elopement
On the bridge in the Asian Gardens
On the bridge in the Asian Gardens
Bride by gate
Bride by gate
Reception Hall/indoor back up
Reception Hall/indoor back up
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Museum of the Shenandoah Valley
Ceremony in the Grand Allee
Ceremony in the Grand Allee

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14 Reviews for Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

Recommended by 97% of couples


4.8 out of 5.0
  • Quality of service 4.8
  • Professionalism 4.9
  • Flexibility 4.9
  • Value 4.7
  • Average response time 4.8
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    Courtney Boger · Married on 10/04/2019

    5.0
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    • Value:
      5.0
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      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    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.

    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!

    Sent on 11/23/2019
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    Mallory Rogoff · Married on 09/07/2019

    5.0
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      5.0
    • Responsiveness:
      5.0
    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
    • Professionalism:
      5.0

    Dream Wedding!

    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.

    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!

    Sent on 10/17/2019

    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.
    Yes, we definitely are the perfect place for an intimate wedding!
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    Jessica · Married on 06/11/2016

    5.0
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    • Value:
      5.0
    • Flexibility:
      5.0
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    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

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Museum of the Shenandoah Valley FAQ

  • Do you have a site fee for wedding receptions at your venue?
    Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during peak season?
    $ 5000
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding receptions during off-peak season?
    $ 5000
  • Do you have a site fee for wedding ceremonies at your venue?
    Yes
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during peak season?
    $ 5000
  • What is the starting site fee for wedding ceremonies during off-peak season?
    $ 5000
  • Which of the following are included in starting site fee?
    Bridal Suite
    Parking
  • Describe your venue:
    Art Gallery
    Garden
    Historic Building
    Museum
  • What kind of settings are available?
    Indoor
    Covered Outdoor
    Uncovered Outdoor
    Scenic Views
  • Which of the following wedding events does your venue service?
    Ceremony
    Reception
    Bridal Shower
    Engagement Party
    Rehearsal Dinner
  • What event services do you offer?
    Event Rentals
    Get Ready Rooms
    Outside Vendors
    Wifi
  • What transportation and access is available?
    Parking
    Wheelchair Access
  • What months are included in your peak season?
    April
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    December
  • What months are included in your off-peak season?
    January
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    November

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  • 901 Amherst St Winchester, VA, 22601 See on map
    5406621473 (Phone number)
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