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VMI Museum

The VMI Museum is now open 7-days-a -week, 9AM - 5PM

With the acceptance of a Revolutionary War musket in 1856, Superintendent Smith created the VMI Museum, the first public museum in the Commonwealth.

The VMI 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, explorers, film stars, national, state and local political and civic leaders.

Cadet Guided Tours

Anyone interested in taking a 40-50 minute walking tour of the historic VMI Post can gather in the lobby of the VMI Museum (2nd floor, Memorial Hall) at 12:15 p.m. No reservations are necessary unless there is a large group.  Please call the VMI Museum at 540-464-7334 if you would like to schedule a large group for the tour.

Spring / Summer Cadet Tours
Spring : Tours will not be available May 6 through 11 and 15 through 20 during final exams and graduation events
Summer:  Tours are offered daily May 20 through June 18 and June 24 through July 24 (no tours July 4 through 7)
Fall: Tours resume Aug. 27

Virtual Map

Enjoy our virtual map (created by VMI Computer and Information Science majors) if you are unable to visit in person, or if would like additional guidance while touring the post on your own.

Virtual Map

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