Published on October 18, 2017

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The Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum

The Shenandoah Valley Civil War Museum is housed in the historic 1840 Frederick County Court House, which served as a prison, hospital, and barracks for both sides during the Civil War. Soldiers wrote their names and drew pictures on the walls, some of which can still be seen. The museum features the restored court room, Civil War “graffiti” left by soldier (including the famed “Jeff Davis Curse”), a nationally recognized collection of Civil War relics, and exhibits that tell the fascinating story of the Civil War era in the Shenandoah Valley.  (For more on the history of the museum, click here.)


Visiting the Museum

The museum is located at 20 N. Loudoun Street on the downtown walking mall in beautiful Old Town Winchester, surrounded by many shops and excellent dining choices.  (See below for parking information and directions.)

The museum is fully handicapped accessible, with a ramp and an elevator

Monday: 10am to 5pm
Tuesday: 10am to 5pm
Wednesday: 10am to 5pm
Thursday: 10am to 5pm
Friday: 10am to 5pm
Saturday: 10am to 5pm
Sunday: 1pm to 5pm

SVBF Members: Free
Regular Admission (Adults, ages 16-61):  $5.00
Senior (62 and Over): $4.50
Children (Under 16): Free
AAA Members: $4.50
National Park Service Members: $3.00
School Groups: Free
Tour Groups: $3.00 per person


Parking meters in the downtown are $0.75 an hour. Parking is free Saturdays, Sundays and most holidays. All four parking garages are fully-automated and offer covered parking at $0.50 an hour.

There is one permanent bus parking spot on the North side of W. Cork Street adjacent to the George Washington Office Museum.

Parking Map/Old Town Winchester Map

Map courtesy of Old Town Winchester’s website: