There are many interesting historic sites in Northern Virginia, making it an interesting destination for a weekend excursion from the Washington D.C. area. Of particular note are the several historic homes, plantations, and museums near Paris Virginia Bed and Breakfasts. One of the most interesting historic sites and museums near Paris Virginia Bed and Breakfasts is the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley. It encompasses the Glen Burnie Historic House, the Glen Burnie Gardens, and the Museum of Shenandoah Valley itself. It easy to spend several days exploring these three venues; indeed, the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley houses four large gallery spaces within its 50,000 square feet. The Four Galleries of the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley:
- The Shenandoah Valley Gallery uses multi-media presentations and historic objects to bring the history of the valley to life.
- The Julian Wood Glass Jr. Gallery exhibits fine art and antiques. Look for paintings by John Constable, Thomas Gainsborough, and many more.
- The R. Lee Taylor Miniatures Gallery features the work of more than 70 miniatures artisans.
- The Changing Exhibition Gallery is currently showcasing Come In and Have a Seat: Vernacular Chairs of the Shenandoah Valley. Learn all about the history of chairmaking in the Shenandoah Valley through June 20, 2011.