Who We Are

 – History

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

Dawn Devine – Executive Director

Tammy Stevenson – Director of Development and Marketing

Alisha McCann – Education and Learning Specialist

Madelynn Whited – Education Site Manager

John Ratliff – Facilities and Exhibits Manager

Questions about Membership and/or Volunteers – email groupreservations@discoverymuseum.net

Discovery Ambassadors

Sierra Williams

Laurie Gaulke

Melissa Ganoe

Rebecca Balcom

Gabrielle Frazier

Madison Devine

Board of Directors

Neile Martin, Yount, Hyde, and Barbour – Chair

Margaret Arthur, Rutherford and Johnson, PC – Treasurer

Lisa Rutherford, First Bank – Secretary

Dr. Jason Craig – Valley Health

Andy Gail – Literacy Volunteers Winchester Area

Dr. Yolanda Barbier-Gibson – Shenandoah University

Meghan Ford – Blue Ridge Design

Dr. Stephanie Lessard-Pilon – George Mason University

Holly Owens – Realtor

Jonathan Reimer – F & M Bank VA

Dr. Colette Sabbagh – Pediatric Associates

Rossi Selzer – Mediation Partners

Matthew Smith – Yount, Hyde & Barbour

Erica Zambanini – Storyland Art


Contact us: info@discoverymuseum.net 




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Audit 2019 Financial Report

Financial Statement (Final)

SVDM 2020 Review

Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum strives to remain transparent in all endeavors.  As a nonprofit organization, we work hard to be fiscally responsible and proudly post our financials for visitors and donors to review.