Museums for Families in the Shenandoah Valley

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Museums for Families in the Shenandoah Valley
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Blue Ridge, Events, Kids Trail, Shenandoah Valley

Bucket Kids TrailBucket and Go Blue Ridge Travel invites you and your family on an educational adventure. I know what you’re thinking,  it sounds incredibly boring. But hear me out, the Shenandoah Valley is home to two fun, interactive museums that revolve around history and education for all ages.

Go back in time at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley

The Shenandoah Valley is rich with history, some dating all the way back from the first colonists, to the civil war that took place in 1861. But jump back to America’s colonial era. Colonel James Wood, a surveyor-turned military hero, purchased a plot of land in Winchester. There he settled, created his estate and named it Glen Burnie. After passing through generations of Wood families, the 254-acre Glen Burnie property is now a public museum for all to see. Today, the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley attracts visitors from all over with its incredible gardens, galleries and venue. As you look for the Bucket’s Adventure Game magic word – need a hint? It’s in the garden.web Spring-House-with-daffodils


The featured Glen Burnie Gardens of the MSV are designed to support formal entertaining. Kids will delight in the garden scavenger hunt, summer programs and activities while parents and grandparents can enjoy the astonishing scenery. With thousands of bulbs, flowers and tree types, visitors can learn something new while strolling around the gardens. The landscape also includes a garden of Asian influences and a Water Garden, where golden trout swim in a spring-fed pond and water cascades down a natural embankment. The Pink Pavilion and Fountain Courtyard, frequently used for entertaining, are also visitor favorites. In addition, the historic Wood and Glass Family Cemetery is part of the landscape.

The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley (MSV) also contains four gallery spaces, all housed on the second level of the main Museum building. All exhibits have interactive activities for kids. In the Gallery, objects, presentations, and dioramas explore the sweep of Valley history, and two additional rooms display changing exhibits highlighting the Valley’s arts.

Become a kid again at the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museumdiscovery-museum

The Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum  is unlike any other. It was created with the goal to provide the Shenandoah Valley area with its first friendly, hands-on, interactive center for informal education. The Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum ignites creativity, sparks curiosity and inspires learning in visitors of all ages by providing a variety of interactive, hands-on exhibits and programs that focus on the sciences and mathematics, humanities, and the arts.

With four floors of discovery, who knows what you’ll learn when you visit! Each floor has a different learning curve. Floor 1 is the encounter zone where kids can touch and play all they want! Floor 2 is the action zone encourages movement and activity, floor 3 is the explore zone that challenges kids to use their critical thinking skills, and floor 4 is the sky level where you can see all of Winchester.

The museum also offers summer classes, programs and activities for more exploration that are engaging, multi-sensory and factual. Aside from being a popular local stop, the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum invites visitors from all over to enjoy and explore! Book your trip today!

Bucket and the Shenandoah Valley Kid’s Trail is also at the Discovery Museum! Go to the front desk and ask where you can find the magic word!

See? They sound pretty cool, right? So bring your friends and family and head to these amazing museums and discover something new today!Where will you begin- (2)