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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.


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!


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


The museum will be closed on Thanksgiving Day but open 10 am to 4pm the rest of the weekend. Take a break from eating turkey and shopping and come relax with some Texas history. ...

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72 years ago today- UT played Texas A&M in football--

One of the more popular items in the museum's collection. This program comes for the November 26, 1942 game of UT vs A&M. We've posted the cover picture before but his time chose to post a few pictures from the inside including a picture of the Head Football coach Dana Bible and and ad for Scholz's Garten which is still going strong today. UT won the game 12-6. (4 photos)

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On this date the first Texas Navy was formed:
The long arc of the Texas coastline was both an asset and potential danger to Texas’ bid for independence. Most supplies and volunteer military units which traveled from the United States to join the revolutionary cause arrived by sea. But the coast also offered an undefended avenue of invasion for the Mexican Army and a line of supply for Santa Anna’s forces once they entered Texas. Less than a month after the clash at Gonzales the provisional government of Texas took its first steps toward waging war at sea, resorting to the stop gap measure of authorizing privateers to attack Mexican ships, blockade Mexico’s ports and defend the Texas coast.

Even before the first privateers got underway, Governor Henry Smith signed a November 25, 1835 law creating a Texas Navy. By January 1836 agents sent to the United States had purchased four schooners: the Liberty, Invincible, Independence and Brutus. These warships and their privateer brethren immediately began striking enemy shipping along the Mexican coast and harassing Mexican ports.

These attacks had enormous repercussions. By the time of its victories at the Alamo and Goliad, Santa Anna’s army had eaten up most of its rations. Retreating Texians destroyed or carried off livestock and crops as they fled east; leaving the Mexicans in need of resupply and reinforcement. A convoy of ships carrying food, ammunition and troops was assembling in Matamoros in preparation for linking up with Santa Anna at Copano Bay or attacking Galveston Island. Texas Naval forces fatally disrupted these plans by forcing Mexican warships to defend their own ports rather than attacking Texas’ vital maritime trade. With no warships available to provide protection against the Texas Navy, Santa Anna’s supply convoy could not attempt to deliver its critical cargo. If the Matamoros convoy had accomplished its mission, the Mexicans might have proven too strong for the Texas Army to beat in April.

The retreat of Texas colonists and their army after the fall of the Alamo and Goliad, led to the recall of the Texas Navy to Galveston, where its warships and privateers gathered to defend what appeared to be a last ditch bastion. Santa Anna’s defeat at San Jacinto on April 21, 1836 was welcome news, but did not by itself insure Texas victory. Although the captured Mexican ruler ordered his army south of the Rio Grande, Mexico still held the military advantage and Santa Anna’s subordinates urged the general’s replacement – General Vicente Filisola – to continue the campaign. But with the Mexican army still desperately short of food and ammunition, Filisola lacked the strength to fight on. By disrupting Mexico’s seaborne line of supply, the Texas Navy forced the Mexican retreat that established Texas independence. Without the navy the victory at San Jacinto may not have proven decisive.

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Today we honor Prvt George LIggett who served with Company L, 142nd Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division from October 9, 1944 till his death on November 25, 1944. Company L was engaged with heavy German resistance at a roadblock in the area between Verpelliere and Wismebach near the border line to Alsace. They were engaged in the battle with the germans all day finally seizing Hill 894 around 1800. Company L took 28 German prisioners, left as many German dead and took several casualities including Pvt. Liggett. ...

Help us remember George J. Liggett today. Private, U.S. Army 142nd Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division Entered the Service From: Ohio Service #: 35299014 Date of Death: November 25, 1944 World War II Buried: Plot A Row 46 Grave 14 Epinal American Cemetery Epinal, France Awards: Purple Heart

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The museum will be open today from 10 to 4. If you've got the day off come visit us. ...

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Contact Us

Phone: 512-782-5659
Mailing Address:
P.O Box 5218
Austin, Tx 78763

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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.

To find out about upcoming events visit our events page.

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