Learning about history in a museum is safer than experiencing it firsthand by ingesting a textbook or reanimating a Minuteman. Bring history to life with this Groupon.
Situated on a historic landscape that includes elaborate gardens, Museum of the Shenandoah Valley houses permanent and rotating exhibitions that celebrate the Valley's unique culture and heritage. This year, the museum marks the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with a special exhibition titled An American Turning Point: The Civil War in Virginia. Displayed in collaboration with the Virginia Historical Society, this two-part exhibition uses objects and audio-visual programming to tell the true stories of people who experienced the Civil War firsthand. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, and is closed on Monday.
The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley includes 6 acres of lush gardens and a purpose-built museum facility designed by architect Michael Graves. Visitors can marvel at the exterior of the Glen Burnie Historic House as they explore the unique design and languid paths of the public gardens, which knit together the stately Grand Allee, the mini Hidden Garden, and a tranquil water garden that flooded the original garden of old chia pets. The museum showcases four main galleries displaying Valley memorabilia, a Civil War exhibition, and a collections of miniature houses and rooms, paintings, furniture, and portraiture dating to the mid-eighteenth century to the formerly private collection of benefactor Julian Wood Glass Jr.
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