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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.

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

Here are detailed directions on how to get to 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

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

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


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Muster Day traces it’s roots back to when Texas was still a republic. In the early days, on an annual basis, the troops were ‘mustered’ or called to report. Over the years, the mustering of the troops became obsolete. However, the Texas Military Forces Museum as part of the Texas Military Forces yearly Open House at Camp Mabry, holds a Muster Day where reenactors of all periods from the Texas Revolution through current times can display their historical uniforms, weapons and equipment and show them to the general public. There is a large WWII battle reenactment each day. These battles feature 200 Allied and German soldiers recreating a WWII battle using original equipment, tanks, and weapons from the time period. The museum will be open Saturday from 8 am to 5 pm and Sunday from 8 am to 5 pm.

ALL EVENTS ARE FREE, PARKING IS FREE.

In addition to the museum events, there will be displays by the Texas Military Forces, helicopter demos, First Responders, children’s activities, Vietnam Wall Memorial, Vendors with food and drink and much, much more.
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Camp Mabry Open House/Muster Day

April 21, 2018, 8:00am - April 22, 2018, 5:00pm

Muster Day traces it’s roots back to when Texas was still a republic. In the early days, on an annual basis, the troops were ‘mustered’ or called to report. Over the years, the mustering of the troops became obsolete. However, the Texas Military Forces Museum as part of the Texas Military Forces yearly Open House at Camp Mabry, holds a Muster Day where reenactors of all periods from the Texas Revolution through current times can display their historical uniforms, weapons and equipment and show them to the general public. There is a large WWII battle reenactment each day. These battles feature 200 Allied and German soldiers recreating a WWII battle using original equipment, tanks, and weapons from the time period. The museum will be open Saturday from 8 am to 5 pm and Sunday from 8 am to 5 pm. ALL EVENTS ARE FREE, PARKING IS FREE. In addition to the museum events, there will be displays by the Texas Military Forces, helicopter demos, First Responders, children’s activities, Vietnam Wall Memorial, Vendors with food and drink and much, much more.

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Two more things from our WWI trunk donation today. The trunk itself has 5 T-Patches painted on it !!! And one of the letters has an embossed beautiful gold Panther Division logo. The Panther Division is what the 36th Infantry was called in late 1917 through mid 1918. They did not adopt the T-Patch until November 1918. ...

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WWI Donation. The trunk contains items from 2 brothers. 1 with the 141st Infantry Regiment ( it is his trunk, there are 5 T-patches painted on the trunk) and the other brother was with the 149th and 150th MG Bn, 42nd Rainbow Division. ...

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It is with deep sadness that we learned of the passing of Major General Belisario Flores. MG Flores held the position of Assistant Adjutant General for Air for the State of Texas from 1 September 1971 and retired on 20 July 1986. General Flores was the first Hispanic to hold the position of Assistant Adjutant General. He was also the first Hispanic to hold the rank of General in the Texas Air National Guard.

He was inducted into the Texas National Guard Hall of Honor in 2008:
texasmilitaryforcesmuseum.org/hallofhonor/floresbdj.htm

Our sincere condolences to the family and friends of MG Flores.
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Prime your palate and join us for some sparkling discussion and a sampling of the vinos of World War II. Your tasting will feature several wines and a champagne, and will be presented by a professional sommelier. A sampling of topics includes preparing for war, the resistance and wine, and the 36th liberation story.

An R.S.V.P is required for this event, seating is limited to 60. Cost for this event is free fir Foundation members and $10 for non members.

Repond to badams@tmfhf.com to reserve your space today.
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Mabry Mixer- A Glass from the Past

March 21, 2018, 5:30pm - March 21, 2018, 8:00pm

Prime your palate and join us for some sparkling discussion and a sampling of the vinos of World War II. Your tasting will feature several wines and a champagne, and will be presented by a professional sommelier. A sampling of topics includes preparing for war, the resistance and wine, and the 36th liberation story. An R.S.V.P is required for this event, seating is limited to 60. Cost for this event is free fir Foundation members and $10 for non members. Repond to badams@tmfhf.com to reserve your space today.

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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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