Virginia Museum of the Civil War

Where 257 Cadets from VMI made history.

Virginia’s only state-owned Civil War museum is open daily year-round, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., except New Year's Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. It features a full-service museum with restrooms, orientation film, store, large vehicle parking, a state-certified visitor center for the Shenandoah Valley and a 300-acre battlefield park preserving the core areas of the battlefield and historic Bushong Farm.

Featured Exhibits:

  • The Virginia Room with original artifacts from VMI, Battle of New Market, and the Bushong family
  • The Kaminsky Gallery of Civil War Firearms
  • The Robert Raeburn Civil War Art Collection
  • The Stained Slab Glass mural wall created by Artist Ami Shamir
  • Field of Lost Shoes in the museum's theater - watch trailer

Outside:

  • 300-acre battlefield park with two, one-mile walking trails
  • Historic Bushong Farmstead with two original structures standing during the battle and nine buildings to explore
  • Two scenic overlooks of the historic Shenandoah River
  • Part of the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail System (Lost Shoes Loop)
  • Dog-friendly site (leashed)

March 25, 2017: Family History Day
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Join us at the Virginia Museum of the Civil War for an exciting day of exploring Civil War history!

This event is open to all families seeking a day of fun, exploration, and learning.  There will be hands-on activities for all ages.  Join the Army and learn to drill, try dancing the Virginia Reel, enjoy 19th-century games and crafts, watch the Emmy-award winning film, Field of Lost Shoes, take a guided tour through the battlefield, learn 19th-century foodways and much more. Visit our partner agency booths and pick up classroom information about Valley ecology, history and perhaps get a picture from our special visitor. Purchase a Chick-Fil-A sandwich and home baked goodies from the food booth or bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at our outdoor tables. Visit the General's Store for a great selection of books and other items to further your educational goals as well as souvenirs of your visit. Come and have fun for the day and make memories for a lifetime. The special event rate of $3.00 person is only available to those that have preregistered. Contact the Virginia Museum of the Civil War at 866-515-1864 for more information.


May 15, 2017: Director’s Guided Battlefield Tour
Time: 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


May 20-21, 2017: Annual Reenactment
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Come and join us for the 153rd Anniversary Battle of New Market Reenactment held on our original battlefield property. One of the oldest continual reenactments in the nation. Experience Civil War soldier life as you visit on-going demonstrations and living history presentations prior to and after the battle each day. Walk in history's footsteps as you explore the sights and sounds of the Civil War with Artillery, Cavalry, Musket firing, Camp life, Medical Corps, and much more. Enjoy tasty treats from a variety of food vendors and shop for souvenirs on Sutler Row. Admission Fee: $10.00 for ages 10 and older, children ages 9 and under are free. Advance tickets are available by phone. Come experience the excitement for a day; memories for a lifetime.


July 10-14, 2017: Civil War Day Camps
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Is your kid a history buff?  Do they love hands-on learning?  Are you looking for an economical, educational, and exciting opportunity for your child?  All of these are great reasons to sign up for the Civil War Day Camp at the Virginia Museum of the Civil War.  Open to boys and girls ages 7-12, this program has something for everyone.  Each camp day will focus on a different theme.  Find out what Civil War life was like for Confederate and Union soldiers, VMI Cadets and civilians on the home front.  Play the games they played.  Eat the food they ate.  Drill like they did.  Walk in history's footsteps at the Civil War Day Camp!

Only $80.00 for the full week.  Register by calling 866-515-1864 or visit www.vmi.edu/newmarket


July 24-28, 2017: Colonel Shipp’s Leadership Institute
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Young men ages 13-17 are invited to participate in Col. Shipp's Leadership Institute.  Explore life as a VMI Cadet in the 19th century.  Participate in team-building games and exercises.  Study the Battle of New Market from a Cadet's point of view.  Walk in history's footsteps as you discover stories of courage, honor, and sacrifice!

$100.00 for the program.  Register by calling 866-515-1864 or visit www.vmi.edu/newmarket


August 19, 2017: Jacob Bushong’s Birthday Party
Time: 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Join our living historians as we celebrate the birthday of Jacob Bushong whose home stood at the center of the fighting during the Battle of New Market.  Explore 19th-century traditions and enjoy cake and ice cream, games, music, dancing and lots of fun.  Walk in history's footsteps and discover what home life was like during the years before Civil War rocked the nation.


October 28, 2017: Spirits of New Market
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Step back in time with our annual lantern tour program, "Spirits of New Market," as we celebrate the indomitable spirit of those whose lives were impacted by the Battle of New Market.  You'll follow your guide on a lantern lit, seven station tour of the Battlefield encountering living historians portraying the soldiers, townsfolk, and Bushong family. While interacting with the characters, you'll be able to lend aid to the wounded, ask questions and experience the Battlefield in a whole new way.

Cost is just $10.00 per adult, ages 13 and older
Youth are ages 6-12 and their tickets are $5.00
Children 5 and under are free

Each walking tour lasts approximately 45 minutes. Tickets go on sale at 6:30 PM on the 28th.

Tours begin at 7:00 PM and depart the Virginia Museum of the Civil War every 15 minutes.


December 2, 2017: Christmas on the Farm
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

1859, a nation on the brink of war, a slave uprising narrowly avoided, a son far from home…

Is a Merry Christmas possible?

Join us at the historic Bushong Farm.  Visit with our living historians and discover how a family carries on in the face of national crisis.  There are games to play, stories to hear, treats to eat, songs to sing AND a visit from a special Christmas visitor.

1864, a nation divided, yet another Christmas far from home, lonely hearts, and short rations…

Is a Merry Christmas possible?

Visit the soldiers of Company F, 51st Virginia Infantry and bring some Christmas cheer to them far from hearth and home. Lend a hand with chores or join in the holiday celebration!

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