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.

Donations

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!

Research

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


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These pictures of the 142nd Infantry Regiment Band were shared by Dan Henkel the grandson of William Parker the band director. His father Robert F. Henkel also served with the 142nd IR in WWII. If you zoom on the seated picture you can see that they are wearing the old 1930's era T-Patch with the round olive drab back instead of the cut out T-Patch of WWII. That photo has a list of names of the men written on the back. ...

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We recently received a few WWI documents and photos which the donor had found by the side of the road many years ago. He presumed they had fallen out of someone's trash bag.

Pictured here are two of those items, an ID card for 1st Lt. Felix Staffel, from San Antonio, Texas and an interesting picture of Staffel and some others during training for WWI. The overalls in the picture are unusual. Staffel started with the 144th Infantry but transferred to the 141st in September 1918. He received a Croix de Guerre for his actions during the battle of St. Etienne: "A very brave officer, During the attack of October 8, 1918, near St. Etienne, and in spite of the fire of the enemy artillery and machine guns he displayed audacity, valor and technical knowledge. His example contributed largely to the success of the day."

It is always a treat for us at the museum when one of these hidden gems of Texas Military history appears in our mail.
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From 2015 Camp Mabry Open House/ Muster Day. Picture taken by Chris Hunt ...

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The Texas Military Forces Museum shared 36th Infantry Division's . ...

36th Infantry Division (Texas Army National Guard) paratroopers from the 1st Battalion (Airborne) 143rd Infantry Regiment and Charlie Troop (ABN) (LRS) 3-124 CAV fill the skies over the Rapido Drop Zone at Fort Hood during a training jump on Friday. Thanks to the 314th Airlift Wing from Little Rock Air Force Base, Ark.. for the continuous support of our paratroopers. (36th Infantry Division photo by MAJ Randy Stillinger)

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Contact Us

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

Come Visit

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

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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