Who We Are

Who We Are


Since opening in the spring of 1996, the Museum’s mission had been fulfilled far beyond the expectations of the three founders who spearheaded its development.  The original five exhibits based at 54 S. Loudoun Street in Winchester, Virginia and constructed by committed community volunteers instilled in children a sense of wonder and hunger for knowledge.  In response to community demand, additional galleries were added to allow room for special exhibits and activities.  Teachers bring their classes to the Museum to reinforce the Virginia Standards of Learning in hands-on workshops presented by the Museum educators.

In May 2014, the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum (SVDM) moved to a newly renovated 1950’s former furniture building off of the historic walking mall in downtown Winchester. The 19,200 sq. foot expanse of space lends a bright and welcoming environment where over 70,000 people visit annually. The new museum space has been a resounding success with 14 exhibitions, a rotating menu of weekly programs, and a retinue of partnerships and visiting educators.

Our Team

Mary Braun – Executive Director
Pamela Allen – Business and Operations
Mark Lawson – General Manager
Ryan Hall – Marketing and Membership
Dr. Diane Schnoor – Lead Educator
Jen Coleman – Museum Educator
Rick Mabe – Facilities
Adam Foizen – Exhibits Developer
Kathy Rosa – Special Occasions Manager

Visitor’s Service and Floor Staff

Dee Clingan Marla Kennedy Amanda Brumbaugh
Christie Shaw Marina Keller Marissa Gallagher
Kaylee Williams Alistair Bingham


Come join a team of dedicated staff who work at an animated children’s museum in historic Winchester, Virginia. This is an exciting opportunity for a dynamic professional with an affinity for creative education to join the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum team. The position of Museum Advancement Officer makes a significant impact by promoting dynamic relationships across the community that result in the Museum’s vibrant financial and material growth. The Museum seeks a highly motivated individual to spearhead all aspects of fundraising, including new and ongoing gifts from individuals, businesses, governments and foundations in support of the Museum’s mission. Working closely with the executive director and the Board, s/he helps to provide personalized and professional stewardship of these relationships.
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19 West Cork Street
Winchester VA, 22601
P: (540) 722-2020
F: (540) 722-2189