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Students walk through the Hahn Horticulture Garden. Students walk through the Hahn Horticulture Garden.

Hahn Horticulture Garden: Washington Street, 540-231-5970
This beautiful green space features six acres of teaching and display gardens, including perennial borders, water gardens, shade gardens, meadow garden, and the Peggy Lee Hahn Garden Pavilion.

The Duck Pond: Duck Pond Drive
A campus landmark for generations of Hokies, the Duck Pond serves as a lovely getaway where visitors can study, feeds the birds and ducks, or merely enjoy the beauty of the area through the seasons.

Solitude: West Campus Drive
Solitude is the oldest structure still standing on campus. The frame house has been restored to its mid-to-late 19th century appearance and is home to a multi-use Appalachian Center.

War Memorial Chapel: Drillfield Drive, 540-231-6240
The upper level contains Memorial Court with eight sculptured pylons on which the names of alumni lost in military service have been carved. The lower level houses a 260-seat chapel.

The Drillfield: Drillfield Drive
Since 1894, the Drillfield has been the site of cadet maneuvers, sporting events, demonstrations, and displays of campus unity.

April 16 Memorial: Drillfield Drive, in front of Burruss Hall
In a ceremony on Aug. 19, 2007, the university dedicated a semi-circle of 32 engraved Hokie Stones in memory of the members of our Hokie family who lost their lives.

Burchard Plaza: 1327 Perry St.
More than just another concrete plaza, the small quadrangle between Burruss Hall and Cowgill Hall is actually the roof of Burchard Hall, home to the School of Architecture + Design's industrial design program, wood and metal shops, and more. The four glass pyramids doting the plaza allow natural light to flow to the student workspaces below.

Smithfield Plantation: 1000 Smithfield Drive, 540-231-3947
Historical Smithfield Plantation was the last home of Colonel William Preston, a noted surveyor and developer of western lands who served as an important colonial and Revolutionary War leader.

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The Marching Virginians perform at halftime in Lane Stadium. The Marching Virginians perform at halftime in Lane Stadium.

Lane Stadium/Worsham Field: Southgate Drive at Beamer Way
The 66,233-seat stadium is considered among the toughest places for opponents to play in college football.

Hall of Fame Museum: West side, Lane Stadium
Spanning two stories, the museum features all Hokie sports and includes galleries, display cases, and interactive screens.

Cassell Coliseum: Washington Street at Spring Street
Home to basketball, volleyball, and wrestling, the 10,052-seat arena features a roof supported by laminated wood arches.

Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame: Jamerson Center, fourth floor
The hall was established in 1982 to honor and preserve the memory of athletes, coaches, administrators, and staff who made outstanding contributions to athletics at the university.

Michael Vick Hallway: Hall of Legends, second floor, Merryman Center
This exciting corridor showcases the Virginia Tech football program.

McComas Hall: Washington Street, 540-231-6856
Home to the Department of Recreational Sports, McComas Hall contains an eight-lane swimming pool, weight-training area, fitness studios, basketball and volleyball courts, and an elevated track. Self tours are available.

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Art and museums


The Cowgill Hall Lobby Art Gallery displays student design work from the School of Architecture + Design. The Cowgill Hall Lobby Art Gallery displays student design work from the School of Architecture + Design.

Armory Gallery: The Armory, 540-231-5547
Operated as an educational and outreach service of the university, the gallery exhibits work by students, faculty, and artists of regional and national importance.

Holtzman Alumni Center: Second floor gallery, 540-231-6285
The center showcases alumni and local artists throughout the year.

Moss Arts Center: 540-231-5300
The arts center contains three visual arts galleries capable of exhibiting a range of traditional and trans-media works: The Ruth C. Horton Gallery, The Miles C. Horton Jr. Gallery, and The Sherwood Payne Quillen '71 Reception Gallery. It also contains the four-story experimental Cube for performance, immersive environments, and installations.

Museum of Geosciences: 2062 Derring Hall, 540-231-6894
This public museum features more than 13,000 minerals and geologic information from around the world, as well as a full-scale model of an Allosaurus dinosaur skeleton.

Norris Hall Art Gallery: Norris Hall, 540-231-2345
The Department of Engineering, Science, and Mechanics and the Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention jointly host a series of art exhibits throughout the year.

Perspective Gallery: Squires Student Center, 540-231-4053
The gallery on the second floor of the student center hosts rotating exhibits.

Cowgill Hall lobby
During the academic year, exhibits showcase a range of design work from students in the School of Architecture + Design.

Wooden Kopjafa memorial: Cheatham Hall, front entrance
Patterned after traditional Hungarian memorials, the 14.5-foot high, 600-pound wooden sculpture honors those who lost their lives in the April 16, 2007, tragedy.

World on a Pallet sculpture: Brooks Forest Products Center, 1650 Ramble Road
The stainless steel sculpture of a world globe on a pallet commemorates the leaders who created Virginia Tech's William H. Sardo Jr. Pallet and Container Research Laboratory, the world's only pallet lab.

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A man reads in an egg-shaped chair in Newman Library. Find both traditional and unusual study spaces inside Newman Library.

Math Emporium: 801 University City Blvd., 540-231-2220
A 24/7 learning center for the study of mathematics, the Math Emporium is open to anyone with a valid Virginia Tech ID. To set up a tour, contact the emporium staff.

University Libraries: 540-231-6170
There are three University Libraries on campus. Newman Library, which houses the majority of Virginia Tech's collections, as well as Special Collections, is next to Alumni Mall at the top of the Drillfield. The Art and Architecture Library is on the first floor of Cowgill Hall, and the Veterinary Medicine Library is inside the Veterinary Medicine building.

The Center for Real Life Kitchens: Wallace Hall
Part of the Department of Apparel, Housing, and Resource Management, the center consists of five fully functional kitchens showcasing design and diversity. For information or to schedule a visit, email Dianna Givens.

Stuffed wildlife collection: Cheatham Hall
From the collection of former Virginia Tech President T. Marshall Hahn, an avid world hunter, and preserved by one of the world's best taxidermists, the mammal mounts on display include such species as black and brown bear, cougar, elk, and turkey. A collection of stuffed birds is also on display. For information, contact Arlice Banks at 540-231-7051.

Terrarium, Cheatham Hall, main entrance
Maintained by The Wildlife Society, the terrarium houses a rotating series of critters, such as snapping turtles, snakes, and fish.

College of Natural Resources and Environment
The college offers tours and mini-environmental lessons on topics such as the identification of trees outside the building. Contact Jen Gagnon at 540-231-6391.

The Ware Lab: Military Building
The focal point for hands-on projects in the College of Engineering, the lab is the best place on campus to view many projects developed by the college's undergraduate students. For information, contact 540-231-5837 or use the online form to schedule a tour.

Geosciences Outreach
The Department of Geosciences Education and Public Outreach activities include research groups engaged with students and industry, Education Resource Center kit and material loans, support for K-12 field science studies and in-class activities, educator professional development, and the Museum of Geosciences.

Physics Outreach Program for Middle and High Schoolers
Graduate or undergraduate students who have an enthusiasm for helping students learn about the fundamental aspects of physics visit surrounding elementary, middle, and high schools or host students in Robeson Hall to conduct activities and demonstrations. For information, email Outreach Event Coordinator Josh Peebles.

Virginia Tech Seismological Observatory: 4044 Derring Hall
The observatory operates a digital seismic network with stations throughout Virginia and contributes to earthquake monitoring, information dissemination, and seismic-hazard assessment objectives in the southeastern United States. For information, email the observatory staff.

Prices Fork Observatory: Old Mill Road, Blacksburg, 540-231-5719
Public open houses of the observatory and its 14-inch Schmidt-Cassesgrain telescope are scheduled Friday evenings during the fall and spring semesters, weather permitting. For information, contact Physics Professor John Simonetti at 540-231-8740.

Martin Observatory: Miles C. Horton Sr. Center, Mountain Lake, Giles County, Va.
The Martin Observatory also has a 14-inch Schmidt-Cassesgrain telescope available for outreach programs. For information, contact Physics Professor John Simonetti at 540-231-8740.

Radio Telescope: Robeson Hall roof
This telescope is used for research and education. For information, contact Physics Professor John Simonetti at 540-231-8740.

Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech:
The Biocomplexity Institute is an ultra-modern, cutting-edge biological, medical, and computational research institute. Guided tours are available by contacting Tiffany Trent at 540-231-6822.

Virginia Tech Transportation Institute: 3500 Transportation Research Plaza, 540-231-1500
VTTI is dedicated to conducting research to save lives, time, and money in the transportation field by developing and using state-of-the-art tools, techniques, and technologies that solve transportation challenges. A school day and public open house is held annually, usually in the spring; otherwise, the facility is not open for public tours. For information, contact Betsy Williams at 540-231-1649.

Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine
One of only 28 colleges of veterinary medicine in the United States, the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine holds an annual open house each spring; otherwise, the facility is not open for public tours. For information, contact 540-231-7666.

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