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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.

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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It's #NationalPuppyDay Here are a couple of pictures, past and present, of Texas National Guard soldiers rescuing puppies from flood waters. Share some photographs of your favorite military themed puppies with us. ...

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144th Infantry Regiment Ambulance drivers, WWI , France ...

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On Friday we received a donation of the original manuscript for "It was Patton's Idea" written by Colonel Werner Larson. Col. Larson served with the 443rd AAA BN during WWII which was attached to the 36th Infantry Division at times during WWII. Among the many great sketchs, maps, photographs and text was this image. It shows General Patton addressing a group of soldiers of the 3rd Infantry Division in Sicily. He is apologizing for the 2 infamous incidents where he slapped soldiers at hospitals in Sicily whom he felt were "cowards". The 443rd at this time was under Patton's command and were among the groups to hear his public apology. ...

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Join us on April 5, 2017 from 5:30-7:30 pm
for the first Mabry Mixer- History Happy Hour!
The Topic for our first mixer will be :

America and the Great War by Dr. David Beer.

This event is free for our Members and only $5 for non-members. Hor d’oeuvres, beer and wine are complimentary.

Lecture provided by retired UT professor, Dr. David Beer, who will discuss America’s entry into World War One. Dr. Beer has taught classes on The First World War for UT Extension, SAGE, and UT Forum, and has lectured on the subject at Senior University in Georgetown. He is a board member of the World War One Historical Association and a contributing editor to their journal. He is also the co-author of a popular textbook on the topic.
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Mabry Mixer

April 5, 2017, 5:30pm - April 5, 2017, 7:00pm

Join us on April 5, 2017 from 5:30-7:30 pm for the first Mabry Mixer- History Happy Hour! The Topic for our first mixer will be : America and the Great War by Dr. David Beer. This event is free for our Members and only $5 for non-members. Hor d’oeuvres, beer and wine are complimentary. Lecture provided by retired UT professor, Dr. David Beer, who will discuss America’s entry into World War One. Dr. Beer has taught classes on The First World War for UT Extension, SAGE, and UT Forum, and has lectured on the subject at Senior University in Georgetown. He is a board member of the World War One Historical Association and a contributing editor to their journal. He is also the co-author of a popular textbook on the topic.

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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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