VMI Museum

The VMI Museum is open daily 9AM - 5PM

Since 1839, VMI has 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, as well as national, state and local political and civic leaders.

Founded in 1845, the VMI Museum was the first public museum in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

The VMI Museum collects, preserves, interprets, and exhibits the heritage of VMI as recorded in the 20,000 artifact collection. Many items in the collection have been presented by the individuals who used them ("One of my VMI web belts Mama kept" reads a handwritten note penned by WWII Gen. George Patton, VMI Class of 1907).

From the mounted hide of Little Sorrel, "Stonewall" Jackson's favorite horse, to the seven Medals of Honor awarded to VMI alumni, the museum chronicles the story of the nation's first state-sponsored military college. Special exhibits on the career of Gen. George C. Marshall, VMI Class of 1901, known as the “Architect of Victory” during WWII and author of the “Marshall Plan,” and the world-class Stewart Firearms Collection are featured in the museum.

Cadet Guided Tours

Cadet giving tours on post

Arrange your visit to the VMI Museum before or following a cadet-led walking tour of the historic VMI post. The tour is free and is offered daily while classes are in session. The tour begins at 12:15 p.m. in the VMI Museum lobby located on the 2nd floor of Memorial Hall and lasts approximately 45 minutes. Reservations are only required for groups larger than 15. Please call 540-464-7334 to arrange group reservations.

Cadet Tour Schedule
Summer semester : Daily June 24 through July 26 (no tour July 4)
Fall semester: Daily August 27 through December 12 (no tours during Thanksgiving break, Nov. 23 through Dec. 1) 


Admission  (fees effective July 1, 2024)

  • Adult (13-64) $ 8
  • Youth (6-12) $ 6
  • Child (0-5) free

Group Rates available for 15 or more. Please call 540-464-4334 for rates and information.

Discounts and Complimentary

  • Senior (65+) $ 6
  • Military (active/retired) $ 6
  • VMI Alumni free *
  • VMI Cadet/Faculty/Staff free *
  • Local Residents free **

* Immediate family included and must be accompanied by the alumnus or cadet

** Lexington, Buena Vista, Rockbridge County

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