open: Tue.-Sun. 10am-4pm
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Brigadier General John C. L. Scribner Texas Military Forces Museum

The 45,000-square foot Texas Military Forces Museum explores the history of the Lone Star State’s militia and volunteer forces from 1823 (date of the first militia muster in Stephen F. Austin’s colony) to 1903 when the Congress created the National Guard. From 1903 to the present the museum tells the story of the Texas Army and Air National Guard, as well as the Texas State Guard, in both peacetime and wartime. The museum displays dozens of tanks, armored personnel carriers, self-propelled guns, trucks, jeeps, helicopters, jet fighters, observation aircraft and towed artillery pieces. Permanent exhibits utilize uniforms, weapons, equipment, personal items, film, music, photographs, battle dioramas and realistic full-scale environments to tell the story of the Texas Military Forces in the Texas Revolution, the Texas Navy, the Texas Republic, the Mexican War, the Battles along the Indian Frontier, the War between the States, the Spanish-American and Philippine-American Wars, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Cold War, Peace Keeping Deployments and the Global War on Terror. Living history programs, battle reenactments and other special events take place throughout the year. Admission to the museum is always FREE.

Visit The Museum

Here are detailed directions on how to get to the museum.

An informative video about the museum:
Telling Stories-Texas Military Forces Museum

Looking for an activity for the kids to during your visit? Print out our SCAVENGER HUNT


The library and archives are open by appointment for research to all members of the public. Please call for an appointment. The museum maintains an incredible archive of various materials including:

    • World War I Service cards for every Texan who served

Link to WWI records online at Familysearch.org

  • Extensive research library
  • World War II card file for the 36th Infantry Division
  • Thousands of original documents from the Texas National Guard from 1910 to the present day
  • Photo archive of pictures related to the Texas Military Forces



A panzer on a panzer. #museumrescue #General #growingup ...

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In April the family of Tom Walsh who served with the Anti-Tank Company 143rd Infanry Regiment, during WWII donated some items to us including this 3x5 photo of an M29 Weasel beloning to his unit.We had the picture blown up into a large life sized banner and put it behind the museum's Weasel and turned it into a nice exhibit. Director of Exhibits Edward and the interns did a very nice job. ...

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When it rains....our dry streambeds turn into waterfalls. Much of the rockwork here on Camp Mabry was done as part of the WPA in the 1930s. #atxweather #campmabry ...

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April Showers bring May Flowers. It has been a very wet spring here in central Texas. The musuem's lilies are blooming better than we've every seen. Took pictures so we could remember this lovely cool weather later this summer when it is 110 degrees and dry as a bone. #texasweather ...

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May 13th- today marks the 151st anniversary of the Battle of Palmetto (Palmito) Ranch- the last land battle of the Civil War
which was fought near Brownsville, by Union and Confederate forces well aware of the surrender of Robert E. Lee four weeks earlier.
The action began when Federal troops stationed on Brazos Island, just south of Padre Island and north of the Rio Grande, moved onto the Texas mainland on the night of May 11–12. Inconclusive skirmishing on May 12 and the morning of May 13 drove a battalion of Rebel cavalry west of Palmetto Ranch, where it was reinforced by artillery and cavalry commanded by Colonel John S. “Rip” Ford.
Finding the Federal force located deep in a bend of the Rio Grande, Ford sought to trap his enemies, commanded by Colonel Theodore Barrett, by sending a flanking column to cut the Union troops off from the road leading back to Brazos Island. Seeing the Rebel movement, Colonel Barrett ordered a rapid retreat out of the potential trap by his 62nd United States Colored Troops, the 34th Indiana and two companies of the 2nd Texas (U.S.) Cavalry (dismounted).
This sudden withdrawal left the skirmish line of the 34th Indiana unsupported. Ford seized upon this opportunity and immediately ordered his cavalry to attack. During this phase of the battle, Private John J. Williams of the 34th Indiana was killed, becoming the last soldier to die in battle during the war.
Ford’s troopers captured the entire Federal skirmish line, as well as the companies of the 2nd Texas (U.S.) which were acting as a rear guard for Barrett’s retreating main force. Despite this loss, the Union troops managed to reach the top of the river bend just ahead of the Confederates. With their line of retreat secure, the Yankees steadily withdrew toward the coast, harassed by Ford’s cavalry the entire distance. Toward dusk, both sides received reinforcements and skirmishing went on until nightfall, when Barrett’s force crossed back to Brazos Island and safety. Two Union soldiers had been killed, six wounded, 102 captured and two were listed as missing. Southern losses were five or six wounded, one of who is believed to have died later.
The last battle of the war was a resounding Confederate victory, but it could not change the strategic reality that the South had been defeated. A few days after the battle, Ford disbanded his command and sent his troops home.

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Contact Us

Phone: 512-782-5659
Email: txmilmuseum@gmail.com
Mailing Address:
P.O Box 5218
Austin, Tx 78763

Address for a GPS :  3038 West 35th St. 78703


Museum is open to the public:     Tuesday to Sunday 10 am to 4 pm

Museum staff are available:         Monday to Friday 7 am to 5 pm

Living History/Reenactment

Nothing brings military history to life like hearing the sound of a machine gun, the boom of cannon, the rattle of musketry, the drone of aircraft engines or feeling the earth shake under you while a tank drives by. All of these experiences are available to visitors courtesy of the Texas Military Forces Museum Living History Detachment which conducts a series of battle reenactments, demonstrations, displays, parades and living history programs throughout the year to make history “come alive” for young and old alike.

The primary focus of the detachment is the 36th Infantry Division in World War II and the famous Texas Brigade during the War Between the States. However, the detachment also participates in World War I and Vietnam War events as well as other time periods.

The museum’s living historians travel around the country to take part in historic events, but the backbone of their schedule are three programs that take place on Camp Mabry each year: the Close Assault 1944 living history program which occurs over Memorial Day weekend and Veterans Day weekend and the annual Texas Military Forces Open House – Muster Day event during April.

To get involved with the museum’s living history program, check out the G Company brochure or The Civil War brochure.



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