VMI Museum

415 Letcher Ave Lexington

Virginia Military Institute Museums & Archives
Written By Virginia Military Institute Museums & Archives

Visit the museums of the Virginia Military Institute, the oldest state-supported military college in the United States: The VMI Museum, Virginia Museum of the Civil War, Stonewall Jackson House, Marshall Museum and Library, Adams Center for Military History, and VMI Archives.

"The whole history of VMI is a triumphant chronicle of the part which the Citizen Soldier can play in a Democracy." - FDR, November 11, 1939

In 1845, the then Superintendent Francis Smith conceptualized the VMI Museum upon receiving a gunlock found at Jamestown. Fast forward 173 years and the museum’s historic collection has proven to be a visual record of VMI and alumni involvement in our nation. Today, located inside Jackson Memorial Hall, the museum uses the 15,000 artifact collection to tell these stories. You will see Stonewall Jackson's horse, Little Sorrel; the door to General George C. Marshall's room in the Barracks; one of the rarest antique firearm collections in the world, and much more.

With so much to see and do, where does one start? Visitor favorites include the life size scale of cadet living quarters that you can walk through; the raincoat Stonewall Jackson wore when wounded in Chancellorsville; seven Medals of Honor awarded to alumni; and General George S. Patton’s helmet.

The museum covers two floors with 6,300 square feet of exhibit space. The first floor takes you through the history of the Institute, from 1839 into the 21st century, highlighting notable events that shaped the Institute. There is the pen President Woodrow Wilson used to sign Senate Bill 544 in 1915; two uniforms worn by one of the first females to graduate from the Institute in 2001; and a first edition copy of the VMI Bullet known as the Rat bible. The second floor features those who made extraordinary contributions to our nation and world. Jonathan M. Daniels’ First Classman cape is on display and an exhibit honoring alumni who have fallen in the line of duty since September 9, 2001.

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