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.


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


Throwback Thursday- much of what we post is already a "throwback" but today I wanted to highlight the museum itself. The split picture on the left side shows the old 19th Century Gallery as it appeared several years ago, and the right side how it appears after we finished renovations last November. We are hoping to begin renovations on the new Lt.Colonel Albert C Lloyd Air Guard gallery this year. ...

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Fishing for Tanks-Another tank was lifted from the bottom of the Barents Sea – “Sherman” M4A2(76)W with a weapon, M1А2. The vehicle was lifted from the bulk carrier “Thomas Donaldson” lying 55 meters deep near Kildin Island. Divers say it’s not the only tank there, two more are waiting for their turn.

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To continue on the theme of the call out for Mexican Border service from yesterday, here is a picture of some of the Texas National Guard troops in 1916 preparing to load into a Liberty truck to deploy to the Mexican Border and a letter from Secretary of War, Newton Baker to Gov. Ferguson , 4 days after the first telegram saying maybe the call up of troops will not be necessary. (2 photos) ...

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Tension with Mexico and protecting the border have been a recurring theme here in Texas since the 1830's. Below is a series of telegrams recording the call by the United States Secretary of War to the Governor and Adjutant General of Texas in May 1916 to place Texas National Guard troops on the border. Line 4 in the letter from the Adjutant General to Mr. Mark Carlton of Tenn. is a classic. (4 photos) ...

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Contact Us

Phone: 512-782-5659
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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