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Mansion & Museums

DAVIS MANSION REOPENING ON JUNE 18th!

Morven Park is excited to announce that the Davis Mansion will re-open for tours starting Friday, June 18!! The popular tours are resuming on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays through August 22.

  • Advance online purchase of private 45-minute group tours is required for Friday dates, and is strongly encouraged for Saturdays and Sundays.
  • The private tour rate is $40 per group (up to six visitors). 
  • Discounts are available to Morven Park Members.
  • All tickets to tour the Davis Mansion include self-guided tour access to the Winmill Carriage Museum and the Museum of Hounds and Hunting of North America.
  • To safeguard the health of mansion visitors and Morven Park team members, tours will be smaller in size and face masks will be required.

Morven Park will also offer hourly tours of the Davis Mansion to walk-in visitors on Saturdays and Sundays from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., with the last tour leaving the Visitor Center at 4:00 p.m. Tours will be available on a first come, first serve basis and will be limited to six guests at a time. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 6–12. 

Guests touring the Davis Mansion will hear stories of the civic and social lives of former Virginia Governor Westmoreland Davis and his wife, Marguerite, during the first half of the 20th century. The Davises’ personal items and extensive collection of arts and antiques acquired during their travels throughout the world are on display as guests pass through living areas that include a lavish entry hall, ornate drawing room, elaborate dining area, grand billiard room, and well-stocked library, as well as an expansive kitchen and charming personal quarters. 

Morven Park's Winmill Carriage Museum is also open each Saturday!

Take a self-guided tour of Morven Park's Winmill Carriage Museum!

The Winmill Carriage Museum features a unique collection of horse-drawn vehicles donated by carriage driving enthusiast Viola Winmill. The 40 antique coaches, carriages, sleds, and carts range from utilitarian to regal. Of particular interest are the miniature road coach designed for General Tom Thumb of the Barnum & Bailey Circus and the elegant calèche used by Grace Kelly in the movie “The Swan.”

  • Museum hours are noon - 5:00 p.m. on Saturdays.
  • Tickets are sold for admittance on the hour. Advance ticket purchase is required.
  • Tickets are $5; children 5 and under are FREE!

The Morven Park Mansion

In its 240-year history, Morven Park’s mansion transformed from a modest fieldstone house into the impressive Greek Revival building we see today. From 1903 – 1942, the mansion was home to Westmoreland and Marguerite Davis. During their residency, Marguerite Davis filled her home with eclectic and opulent antiques from her world-wide travels. The Davis furnishings, which include 16th century Belgian tapestries, Spanish cassones, hundreds of silver pieces, Hudson River Valley paintings, and Asian treasures, remain on display throughout the mansion.

Tours of the mansion lead guests through the fully furnished 1st and 2nd floor rooms while sharing stories of the Davises’ social and civic lives during the first half of the 20th century. Other rooms reveal stories of the employees who were responsible for the daily work necessary to keep the estate running. There are no ropes or barriers within the mansion museum rooms and visitors of all ages and abilities are welcome.

Please allow 45 minutes for the guided tour of the mansion.


Morven Park Caleche

The Winmill Carriage Museum

The Winmill Carriage Museum features a unique collection of horse-drawn vehicles donated by carriage driving enthusiast, Viola Winmill.  The forty antique coaches, carriages, sleds and carts range from utilitarian to regal.  Of particular interest are the miniature road coach designed for General Tom Thumb of the Barnum & Bailey Circus and the elegant calèche loaned for the use of Grace Kelly in the movie “The Swan.”

 


Painting of Hound and Hunter

The Museum of Hounds & Hunting of North America

In honor of Morven Park’s equestrian heritage, and the Davises love of foxhunting, the Museum of Hounds & Hunting of North America is located in three rooms of the Davis Mansion.  The museum preserves the art, artifacts, and memorabilia of foxhunting’s rich history.  For more information about the Museum of Hounds & Hunting of North America, visit their website: www.mhhna.org

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