Welcome to the VMI Museum

Francis H. Smith, VMI Superintendent, 1856I am sure the Corps will look upon these mementos as I do-- as touching and eloquent voices to them, to emulate the virtues and patriotism of him who used them...               
                   
  -Francis H. Smith,  VMI Superintendent, 1856

With the acceptance of a Revolutionary War musket in 1856, Superintendent Smith created the VMI Museum, the first public museum in the Commonwealth. Today the museum collects, preserves, interprets and exhibits the heritage of VMI as recorded in the 15,000 artifact collection.

From the mounted hide of "Little Sorrel", "Stonewall" Jackson's favorite horse, to seven Medals of Honor awarded to VMI alumni, The museum chronicles the story of the nation's first state sponsored military college.