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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.

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

Research

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

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Image from the American Battle Monuments Commission page today. PFC Watson from Greenville North Carolina was part of Company A, 111th Engineers. On August 25th this company was at Bonlieu France when they were engaged by enemy infantry supported by 4 Mark VI and 1 Mark IV tanks. A fierce battle ensued and the 111th soldiers had to pull back. 6 soldier from the 111th were Killed in Action on in the battle, 3 wounded and 26 listed as MIA. All but one of the men killed were from Company A. The names of the other men Killed in Action in this battle on August 25th, 1944 are:
Tec 5 George Butt Fullerton, MI HQ Co.
PFC Charles P. Kemeny Detroit, MI Co. A
PFC Volney B Simpson Jr Edon, Missouri Co. A
PVT Joseph Calvari Long Island, NY Co. A
PVT Louis F. Rullo Neward, NJ Co. A
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Help us remember Ephraim F. Watson today. Service # 34016297 Private First Class, U.S. Army 111th Engineer Combat Battalion, 36th Infantry Division Entered Service From: North Carolina Date of Death: August 25, 1944 Buried: Plot D Row 9 Grave 15 World War II Rhone American Cemetery Awards: Silver Star, Purple Heart

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Recently museum staff visited the Texas State Library and Archives to view the John A. Hulen collection. Among the many great photographs we were able to get copies of is this one of General Fred. Walker commanding the 36th Infantry Division landing at Salerno.
General John A. Hulen papers. Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission
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The museum is in the process of having a VH-34 helicopter restored. This helicopter served as Army One in 1961. We recently found these images at the JFK library online which show President and Mrs. Kennedy in front of and sitting in our bird. The helicopter was also used by the Guard to fly LBJ around in Texas. Images from Abbie Rowe. White House Photographs. John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston. #jfk #ArmyOne #CH34 ...

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Today is World Photography Day- In the comments below share a favorite picture you've taken at the museum or at one of our events.#worldphotographyday ...

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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

Hours

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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