ⓘ 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 noon. Post Tours will be offered during the Summer through July 26 with the exception of June 23 & 24. Tours take place Juneteenth on Monday, June 20 and Independence Day on Monday, July 4. Please call 540-464-7334 to confirm that a tour is available on the date you wish to visit.
Tours for Prospective Cadets
The best way to get to know VMI is to visit. It is recommended that applicants visit VMI for an interview and a tour of the post. A tour at 12:15 p.m. will be offered each day when the Corps is in session.
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.