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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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A relative recently shared this picture with the museum. Jesse Williams served with the 132nd Field Artillery during WWI. A nice early T-patch is visible on his sleeve. ...

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Just had a very nice visit with this gentleman at the museum- Doyle Phillips served with Company L, 143rd Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division during WWII. He was wounded twice including being wounded by artillery fire at the Rapido River. We love when veterans come in and share their stories with us. ...

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Day two of the Rapido River battle. This artifact always brings home the sacrifice suffered by the 36th Infantry Division in that battle. It is the 141st Infantry Regiments Ex-O notebook. It shows the number of soldiers in each company of the 141st on Jan. 19th 1944 before the start of the two day battle. It then shows the number of men in each company on Jan. 23rd the day after the second attack when they had time to regroup and estimate their losses. The last entry on Jan. 26th, 5 days after the second attack shows their losses were not temporary ones. Company G, 141st Infantry started the 2 day battle with 5 Officers and 147 enlisted soldiers. The day after the attack they had 0 officers and 12 enlisted soldiers; the rest of the company had been killed, captured or wounded. 5 days after the battle they had only recovered to 1 officer and 20 enlisted men. It is a sobering reminder of the cost of battle. ...

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As always on this date we take time to remember the 36th Infantry Division attack across the Rapido River on January 20-21, 1944. This comic strip was part of a series of 36 strips published in 1946. Charles Anderson had served with the 132nd F.A. ...

This comic strip was drawn by Charles Anderson, Battery B, 132nd Field Artillery, 36th Infantry Division. Mr. Anderson had done illustrations and even some propaganda posters for the US in WWII. This was a 36 strip comic which started on May 27, 1946 and was published 1 a day for 36 days. They series told the story of the 36th Division in WWII

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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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