Virginia Museum of the Civil War

Located in New Market, Virginia, our museum provides opportunities to reflect upon the Battle of New Market which raged just outside on May 15, 1864. Students from the Virginia Military Institute as young as 15 years old fought in the battle. In addition to museum exhibit galleries, the site features the state-certified Shenandoah Valley Tourist Information Center, an Emmy-winning film, Field of Lost Shoes shown every hour, and a 300-acre battlefield park preserving the core areas of the battlefield and historic Bushong Farm.

The 2021 Reenactment has been cancelled. Please visit VMI's COVID-19 Info Portal for updates and further information.


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Want to learn on the go?

Start your audio tour of the New Market Battlefield just outside of the museum. Park admission required.

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Schedule a student tour to connect the museum and battlefield to your curriculum

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Schedule a guided tour with one of our museum interpreters and learn about the history of the Battle of New Market and the Civil War in the Commonwealth of Virginia.


Battle of New Market 157th Anniversary Events

Field of Lost Shoes Movie PosterIn lieu of the large event programs that the museum typically hosts for this important historic event anniversary, this year, visitors to the museum and battlefield will have the opportunity to attend a special screening of the 2014 movie, Field of Lost Shoes and enjoy a special guided tour. 

From Monday, May 10 through Friday, May 14, the special screening will occur at 11 a.m. and an exciting guided tour will be available, free with paid admission, at 2 p.m. These new tours offer a daily focus on the VMI cadet story to the corresponding day in 1864.

On the anniversary, Saturday, May 15, visitors can enjoy a final special screening of Field of Lost Shoes at 11 a.m. At 2 p.m., a special Facebook Live Anniversary Event will be available.

A printable schedule for the week is available for download: Anniversary Events Schedule, May 10-15, 2021.


Featured Exhibits

Artifacts from VMI, Battle of New Market, and Bushong family

Kaminsky Gallery of Civil War Firearms

The Robert Raeburn, VMI 1951, Civil War Art Gallery

Stained Slab Glass Mural Wall by Ami Shamir

"Field of Lost Shoes" in Theater - Watch the docudrama

More about the Museum

Outside

300-acre battlefield park with walking trails

Historic farmstead with original structures several buildings to explore

Two scenic overlooks of the Shenandoah River

LOST SHOE TRAIL, part of the Virginia Birding and Wildlife Trail System 

Dog-friendly (leashed)

Explore the Grounds

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