Permanent Collection

Historical VMI Cadet hatThe 15,000 artifacts in the historical collection chronicles the creation and development of VMI and the amazing contributions of alumni to history.

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 hand written note penned by WWII General George Patton, VMI Class of 1907).

The museum maintains a large collection of cadet uniforms and equipment. The earliest full dress uniform, or Coatee, in the collection dates to 1845 and is virtually identical to those worn by modern cadets.