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's 15,000 chronicles the story of the nation's first state-sponsored military college.
Many items in the collection have been presented over the past 140 years by the individuals who used them ("One of my VMI web belts Mama kept" reads a handwritten note penned by WWII General George Patton, VMI Class of 1907).
Since 1839 VMI alumni have helped mold the history of America. The museum traces the amazing civilian and military careers of many alumni. Among the ranks of the alumni are Nobel Prize recipients, Pulitzer Prize winners, Polar Explorers, Movie Stars, National, State and Local Political and Civic Leaders.
The museum welcomes research inquiries. To schedule a visit to the research collection, contact us.
Cadet Guided Tours
Cadet guided tours are offered daily (dependent on cadet availability) at 12:00 noon departing from the lobby of the VMI Museum in Jackson Memorial Hall (Level 200). The tour lasts approximately 50 minutes.