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.


The Texas Military Forces Museum has embarked upon an ambitious Master Plan to bring our facility into the 21st Century. Phase 1 is complete, and we have started a Capital Campaign to raise 4 million dollars to complete the remaining phases of the master plan and create a 1 million dollar operational endowment to ensure the museum’s ability to continue to operate as a state-of-the-art institution well into the future.
We accept donations of time and artifacts as well!


The library and archives are open by appointment for research to all members of the public. The museum maintains an incredible archive of various materials including:carrigan
  • World War I Service cards for every Texan who served
  • 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


Recently received by the museum, this "Bowie" knife is almost a caricature of what a Bowie knife should look like-- the antler handle, the very deep clip, the handmade copper rivets- it is a showpiece more than anything. The knife is proported to date to the 1830s-1840s and is almost exactly like one pictured on page 17 of Robert Abel's book "Classic Bowie Knives". Sadly no story to go along with it. ...

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A recent donation to the museum- a 1936 dated German MG 34. This is a WWII bring back.
The donor's husband was a B-17 pilot and family history has it that he obtained the weapon from another crew which had to make a forced landing in Russian held territory. They believe that B-17 was called "Stardust" which after being hit during a bombing run on Berlin on February 3, 1945, was forced to make a landing at Torun, Poland. Torun had just been taken by the Russians 2 days earlier and the area was still a combat zone. The crew's had lost mulitiple engines and was able to scavenge one from another downed B-17 60 miles away! After 40 days of being MIA, the "Stardust" with it's crew, the survivors of the other downed B-17 and 2 fighter pilots made it back to England.
The MG was traded to the donor's husband after the plane made it back to England. He disassembled the machine gun and shipped it back in pieces to his family! The top cover is a replacement piece but the weapon is almostly completely original with only 2 other replacement pieces both 1939 dated. Even the serial number on the tripod matches the one on the receiver. It is in excellent condition with very limited firing of the MG. A beautiful weapon with an interesting story. (4 photos)

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Contact Us

Phone: 512-782-5659
Mailing Address:
P.O Box 5218
Austin, Tx 78763

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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.

To find out about upcoming events visit our events page.

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