open: Tue.-Sun. 10am-4pm
tel: 512-782-5659

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.

Tuesday to Sunday 10 am to 4 pm

Visit The Museum

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

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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.  Link to PDFs- 36th Infantry Division Roster WWII
  • 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

Contact Us

Office staff can be reached Monday to Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.

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


Finally today we share a page from the 141st Infantry Regiment EX-O notebook. It is an important document which starkly highlights the cost of the Rapido River battle.
The Notebook shows the strength of each unit of the 141st Infantry Regiment on January 19, 1944 before the attacks were launched, the day after the 3rd attack was called off January 23rd, and then January 26th after the truce and the recovery and many of the dead and wounded.
Company G suffered 92% casualties, Company A 90%

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1 day ago

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75 years ago today, the 141st and 143rd Infantry Regiments had been shattered during a long two day battle trying to cross the Gari river. Over 2,900 men were killed, wounded or MIA. As late as October 1944 the 36th was still receiving reports of bodies being found in and near the "Rapido".
General Walker's observations that this was the wrong place to try and cross the river were borne out and the soldiers of the 36th who survived this battle would be forever changed.

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3 days ago

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Today we remember the men of the 36th Infantry Division lost at the Rapido River engagement. Photo from the Associazone Battaglia di Cassino-Centro studi e reicherche ...

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One of the best parts of our upcoming 1940s Sweetheart event is the Dance. The Sentimental Journey Orchestra plays an exception Big Band set. Tickets are limited so purchase them now and come show off your moves on the dance floor. #swingdance #atx
texasmilitaryforcesmuseum.org/event/as-time-goes-by-1940s-supper-clubsweetheart-dinner-dance/From the movie: TILL THE END OF TIME 1946 Actors Guy Madison and Jean Porter give us a kind of slow motion Lindy Hop. Guy is a bit stiff but Jean does a pret...

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6 days ago

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Since everybody is posting about this we thought we'd share our #10yearchallange Here are the latest images of our 19th Century Gallery. ...

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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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