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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.

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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

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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Happy #NationalComicBookDay The museum has a small collection of comic books dating from the 1930's to the present day including several sets of Billy Tucci's Sgt. Rock and the Lost Battalion about our 1st Bn, 141st Inf Rgt in WWII. In addition to several complete sets of the comics Mr. Tucci has kindly donated a couple of original story sheets and signed posters. ...

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Badly damaged photograph from July 1925 of Camp Mabry taken from the water tower behind Building 6 ( the museum today) looking East towards Austin. ...

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Getting ready for our Mabry Mixer tonight 5:30-7:30 with a WWI field surgeons kit worn by Captain Henry Ogden at the battle of St. Etienne. ...

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We often tell people that when the 36th Infantry Division enters combat at Salerno, Italy on September 9, 1943 as part of Operation Avalanche that they are about 80 % Texan.

Although the Division was often referred to as the "Texan" Division men from all (then) 48 states plus Washington D.C and Puerto Rico served in the 36th during WWII.

This list shows the dead by state for Operation Avalanche- Texans only make up 39% of the overall casualties for the 36th ID. If your relative was wounded, captured or killed between September 9-21, 1943 while serving with the 36th ID tell us in the comments below what state he was from.
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Remember that tomorrow is our Mabry Mixer- A History Happy Hour featuring a talk by Dr. Sanders Marble on WWI medicine. Free to members, $5 for non members.

All profits from this event will be donated to Texas National Guard Family Support to help Guard members and their families who were affected by #hurricaneharvey. We will also be accepting donations for this organization during our Mixer.

Doors open at 5:30, talk will begin around 6 pm. If you have any questions email or call us at 512-782-5659.
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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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