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.


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Learn about our museum and grounds and find information on tours and admissions.

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Do you want to learn on the go?

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


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

  Accredited by the American Association of Museums                Graphic of the Virginia Bird and Wildlife Trail Logo from the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries