Here you will find a fascinating combination of 200 years of Norwich University history along with stories from hundreds of individuals who sacrificed for our republic and made contributions to the building of this nation. Our collection reflects the breadth of American and Vermont history, and the unique role of the citizen soldier first established by Capt. Alden Partridge, founder of the American Literary, Scientific and Military Academy that is now Norwich University.


  • Main Entrance to the Sullivan Museum and History Center on the campus of Norwich University.
    Main Entrance to the Sullivan Museum and History Center on the campus of Norwich University.
  • Women of Norwich: Trailblazers and Torchbearers opens August 21 and runs through December 18, 2015. The exhibit will look at women at Norwich as students and members of the Corps of Cadets and the wives of Norwich's presidents.
    Women of Norwich: Trailblazers and Torchbearers opens August 21 and runs through December 18, 2015. The exhibit will look at women at Norwich as students and members of the Corps of Cadets and the wives of Norwich's presidents.

Norwich University, founded by Captain Alden Partridge in 1819 in Norwich, Vermont, is the oldest private military college in the United States. A pioneer in his own right, Captain Partridge helped establish many military academies up and down the eastern seaboard, many of which still exist today. The Sullivan Museum and History Center seeks to be a lively, compelling and anchoring presence in our community; to serve as a dynamic learning resource; to improve cultural and educational opportunities for the Norwich community; to enhance our reputation as a unique institution of higher education; to promote Norwich University and the Norwich experience; and to demonstrate who we are in the present through interaction with our past, our community, our beliefs, and the vision that we hold for the future.

In early 2014, the Sullivan Museum and History Center was accepted as a Smithsonian Affiliate and is proud to have the distinction of being the first Smithsonian Affiliate in the Vermont. With this partnership with the Smithsonian Institution, the Sullivan Museum and History Center is able provide wonderful opportunities to the Norwich University community through the Smithsonian Speaker's Bureau, borrow object from the Smithsonian's vast collection, just to name a few.

The Sullivan Museum and History C Enter is proud to offer free admission to all, not just the Norwich University community. There is always someone here to answer any questions that may arise as you tour through galleries.



Sullivan Museum and History Center Mission Statement A New Smithsonian Affiliate, Norwich's Sullivan Museum Celebrates, Press Release, September 3, 2014