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


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


Today is the anniversary of the beginning of the Rapido River battle, the 141st and 143rd took staggering casualties. Their sacrifice is being remembered today in Italy by the Cassino Battle Assoc. ...

Remembering the sacrifice of 36 Texas Division...20/01/44 - 20/01/18. Cassino, Sant'Angelo in Theodice, Bell of Peace.

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And this is why you always treat old ordnance with care. From the Austin American in February 1941 ...

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Attending our Fundraiser Dinner Dance not only provides you a great meal, dancing to a Big Band orchestra, and cool souvenirs but you can also bid on dozens of really cool items in our silent auction.

Like this full length bay (reddish brown) horse hide coat with matching bay/white mittens. Pre-1907, likely 1880-1890s. Produced by the Cownie Tanning Company of Des Moines, IA. Custom made by request, generally a rancher or farmer would only invest in production of a coat from his favorite horse. Hides were shipped to Des Moines for production. At the turn of the 20th century, cost for coat was $16.50.

We could have used this coat the last couple of days during the Big Freeze!

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Austin has survived its 3rd "Winter Apocalypse" this year. We are open 10-4 today if you are venturing out.
Signal Corps picture of a 142nd Infantry Division soldier in January 1945. Notice the M1919 Browning 30 Caliber Machine Gun has its water jacket on. You'd think with all that snow it wouldn't be needed.

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Due to the possibility of winter weather, the Garrison Commander has closed Camp Mabry on Tuesday January 16. This includes the Texas Military Forces Museum. Stay safe if you have to be out tomorrow, and enjoy your "Snow Day". ...

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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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