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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.

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.  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

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73% of all WWII US military served overseas and everyone wanted to send home souvenirs to their family. This museum has thousands of WWII German souvenirs including this very nicely enameled medal which was presented to someone within the NSDAP ( Nazi Party) for 15 years of service. The silver electroplate has taken a beating after 70+ years but the enamel is still very bright blue. It would have been paired with a blue and silver stripped ribbon. ...

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Picture of Texas Air National Guard troops with the 136th Fighter Bomber Wing deployed to Korea in 1952 ...

#OTD in #NationalGuard history: ANG units from TX & AR of the 136th FBW face subzero temperatures in Taegu, Korea, 1952

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New set covers are here! for those of you who've climbed in and out of our F16 Cockpit Egress Trainer in the last 4 years you probably found it a bit uncomfortable as 5-6 years of kids inside had destroyed the original seat cover. Today soldiers from the Texas Air National Guard brought and installed a new seat cover. Thank you ...

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The expansion of our Gift Shop has finally started! an interior wall is being removed and and exterior wall in the main entryway will be replaced with glass. This will allow the shop to carry more items and introduce more high quality items. What items would you like to see us carrying? ...

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This wonderful 1925 photograph was taken at Camp Mabry. The Grandstand which later burned down is visible behind the group. We have Governor Miriam Ferguson, Gen. Hulen- commanding the 36th Infantry Division, "Pa" Ferguson, and the Adj. General of Texas Mark McGee. The fact that McGee is listed as Adj. General is what helps date the photograph as he was only in that post for one year-1925. Curiously the young boy, Gov. Ferguson's grandson is listed with the rank of Lt. Colonel.
The photograph came from the Hulen Collection, Texas State Library and Archives
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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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