Who We Are

– Mission

The Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum’s mission is to spark curiosity & inspire learning through exploration & creative play.

 – 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

Madelynn Whited – Education Site Manager

Rory King – Exhibits and Facility Manager

Matthew Jackson – Exhibits and Facility Assistant Manager

Cheryl Costello – Education and Outreach Specialist

Sidney Conlon – Education and Reservation Specialist

Questions about Membership – email learning@discoverymuseum.net

Questions about Volunteers – email groupreservations@discoverymuseum.net


Board of Directors

Dr. Colette Sabbagh, Pediatric Associates – Chair

Jonathan Reimer, F & M Bank VA – Treasurer

Dr. Jason Craig – Valley Health

Neile Martin – Yount, Hyde & Barbour CPA

Dr. Yolanda Barbier-Gibson – Shenandoah University

Dr. Stephanie Lessard-Pilon – George Mason University

Holly Owens – Realtor

Rossi Selzer – Mediation Partners

Nan Bryant – Retired Principal, Winchester City Schools

Courtenay Nantz – Educational Leadership at Shenandoah University

Courtney Warner – Lawyer for Juvenile and Domestic Relations

Ben Savory – Summit Events

Taylor Wilmoth – At-Home Parent

Mary Beth Whitacre – Valley Health Marketing Team

Brad Hodgson – Navy Federal Credit Union 


Contact us: info@discoverymuseum.net 





2022 990.pdf

2021 990

Tax Exemption form.pdf


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.