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.

HOURS are:
Tuesday to Sunday 10 am to 4 pm
Office staff is available Monday to Friday 8 am to 4 pm.

Visit 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

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


Just donated to the museum- a 34 star flag. Family history says that it flew over a bank in Pennsylvania during the 1860s. The 34 star flag was in use from January 29, 1861 when Kansas was admitted to the Union up to July 3, 1863 when West Virginia was added.
Once we can figure out the logistics of displaying this very large flag- about 5 ft by 9.5 ft- we will have it on display in the museum.

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Congratulations to former museum volunteer Rohaise who was just commissioned a 2nd Lt. in the USAF. She was just 17 when she began volunteering at the museum and was determined to be a military pilot some day. The museum staff is very proud of all she has accomplished. ...

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Another “Great War” item which will be going into our WWI display is this German body armor. There were often multiple plates which hung down and protected below the stomach. If you look closely you can see the number “2” stamped inside. ...

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PFC Albert DeFazio joined Company A, 143rd Inf. Regt on December 26, 1943. Three weeks later he would be wounded at the Rapido River battle. In his Company 4 soldiers were KIA, 20 were MIA and 82 were Wounded in Action. A total of 106 men of the Company, their strength going in would have been between 120 to 140 soldiers. So they lost 80-90% of the entire company in this battle either killed, wounded or missing. ...

The Battle of Rapido River was fought in January 1944 in the course of the Battle of Monte Cassino, part of the Italian Campaign. In an attempt to break through the German defences, two regiments of the 36th Infantry Division, commanded by Major General Fred Walker received the mission of crossing the Gari River, the Americans were cut off from reinforcements and support and subjected to heavy fire and counterattacks. The Americans suffered very high losses and after two days of fighting the survivors retreated back across the river. The battle of the Rapido River was one of the largest defeats suffered by the U.S. Army during World War II. Albert Defazio, veteran of the 36th Infantry Division, took part in the bloody battle of Rapido River. In this video clip, Albert shared about this traumatic day when he was wounded in action and lost one of his best friends.

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Soldiers from Charlie Company, 1st Battalion, 19th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 71st Expeditionary Military Intelligence Brigade, 36th Infantry Division. Photo from Texas Military Department ...

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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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