Virginia Tech is a beautiful campus and home to many iconic locations and attractions current and former residents are familiar with. For those who may have never seen or even heard of some of these sights, we offer an introduction to what you'll find when you visit Virginia Tech's main campus in Blacksburg, Virginia. Additionall, we encourage you to also enjoy a quick campus photograph tour.
Virginia Tech Drone Park
The easiest way to fly on campus is to use the Drone Park. The football-field-sized facility gives students, researchers, employees, and members of the community a place to explore UAS operations without the constraints of registration, certification, or specialized training. Learn more.
Old-Growth Forest/Stadium Woods
The rare old-growth urban forest near Lane Stadium on the campus of Virginia Tech covers approximately 11.5 acres. It contains over 250 large trees, including dozens of white oak trees that have been estimated by scientists to be over 300 years old. Learn more.
Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention
The Virginia Tech Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention is an academic and research organization whose vision builds on the cultural initiatives that evolved within the Virginia Tech community after the tragedy of April 16, 2007. The center’s educational mission envisions a world informed by cross-disciplinary work in violence prevention research, education, and hands-on learning experience. Learn more.
The Pylons & War Memorial Chapel
The upper level of War Memorial Court is one of the most memorable features of campus. Eight limestone pylons are etched with the names of Virginia Tech students and graduates who have given their lives in battle, beginning with World War I. The cenotaph in the middle honors the university's Medal of Honor recipients. Learn more.
Upper Quad is home to the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets and features one of the oldest buildings on campus, Lane Hall. When the school first opened, all students were admitted as cadets. Now the leader-development program consists of more than 1,100 cadets, represents all branches of military ROTC, and offers the Citizen-Leader Track for cadets pursuing careers in the private and public sector without a military obligation. The Upper Quad is home to the corps' beloved Skipper cannon. Skipper attends every parade and home football game. In addition, the corps' yellow Labrador ambassador Growley (AKA “Tank”) resides in Pearson Hall.
Squires Student Center
Squires Student Center is a hub of student activity. A food court, an art gallery, a radio station, theater production spaces, and the student newspaper all find their homes here. Located on the lower level, BreakZone offers a bowling alley, billiard tables, ping-pong games, and more. Learn more.
Moss Arts Center
The MAC houses a 1,260-seat performance hall, visual arts galleries, and the four-story experimental “Cube” – a highly-adaptable space used to create immersive environments, intimate performances, audio and visual installations, research, and experimental investigations of all kinds. Each year brings new artists, vibrant performances, and innovative arts experiences for students and the public at large. Learn more or visit.
The Drillfield is part of every Hokie's life, providing common space for play and study, and dividing the academic side of campus from the residential side. Every weekday during the academic year, the grassy field is covered with students on their way to class. Large events such as Gobblerfest and The Big Event are centered on the Drillfield, the heart of the Blacksburg campus. Learn more.
A scenic spot on Virginia Tech's busy campus, the Duck Pond is the perfect destination for the whole family. Stroubles Creek flows through the Duck Pond, creating a home for a variety of wildlife. The focal point of the pedestrian trail skirting the pond is a gazebo that provides seating and shelter for visitors.
Hahn Horticulture Garden and Pavilion
The garden features perennial borders, water gardens, shade gardens, a meadow garden, and the Peggy Lee Hahn Garden Pavilion. And plants, of course – lots of plants. Visit us in all seasons – to relax, enjoy, learn, and grow! Learn more.
Museum of Geosciences
The Museum of Geosciences is part of the Department of Geosciences and located in 2062 Derring Hall. Exhibits include the OmniGlobe, gems, minerals, rocks, fossils, and a full-scale cast of an Allosaurus dinosaur skeleton. The minerals and fossils on display include many specimens from Virginia and famous localities worldwide. The OmniGlobe can project global datasets, such as weather and plate tectonics, on a sphere. Public hours are 8:00am-5:00pm, Monday-Friday during spring and fall academic semesters. Children should be accompanied by an adult. Phone 540-231-6894 for more information.
The Merryman Center houses the Virginia Tech Football Museum, open to the public Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Learn more.
Hahn Hurst Basketball Practice Facility
Visit the facility to explore the Virginia Tech Basketball Museum, open to the public Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Learn more.
Cheatham Hall Natural History Museum Collection
Hidden away inside Cheatham Hall, there are thousands of animals — specimens of Virginia Tech’s very own natural history museum. Learn more.