Discovery Museum announces opening

By Josette Keelor

The Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum in Winchester will hold its grand reopening May 10. Visitors will be admitted free from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the following day a Mother’s Day celebration will admit mothers free from 1 to 5 p.m.

It’s an opportunity for anyone who would like to view the museum’s new location and exhibits to see it for free, said Marketing and Advancement Coordinator Chris Delaughter.

“We’re excited to offer this day to the public,” she said.

The museum, which closed its previous location at 54 S. Loudoun St. on Feb. 28, has been gearing up for the grand reopening by packing up exhibits and other supplies to move to the much larger space at 19 W. Cork St.

Previously museum staff estimated the open date for mid- to late April, but winter weather “played a lit bit of havoc in our renovations,” Delaughter said.

The construction isn’t complete, but it’s close, and she said some of the much-anticipated exhibits have already moved in.

New exhibits include a retired ambulance in the Health Works area, a 21-foot-long triceratops in Paleontology Park and an apple packing shed.

The Discovery Studio, Leonardo’s Corner, Science Kitchen and Moccasin Trail are other featured exhibits, as well as the rooftop’s Sky Level offering a view of Winchester.

Delaughter said “the amazing generosity of this community” has aided the museum’s 20,000-foot space toward completion, and she named Valley Health, the James R. Wilkins Family Charitable Trust, the Ohrstrom Family and National Fruit among the museum’s largest contributors.

“This is very much a gem in this community,” she said. “And they’ve been so supportive.”

“They’re making this possible.”

Contact the museum at 540-722-2020.

Contact Community Engagement Editor Josette Keelor at 540-465-5137, ext. 176, or jkeelor@nvdaily.com