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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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While looking through some old photographs which came from Ellington AFB, Texas Air National Guard we found this great image from 1931 with a couple of dapper young Guardsmen working on a plane. It brings to mind the song:
Those magnificent men in their flying machines,
they go up tiddly up up,
they go down tiddly down down.
They enchant all the ladies and steal all the scenes,
with their up tiddly up up
and their down tiddly down down.

Up, down, flying around,
looping the loop and defying the ground.

They're all frightfully keen,
those magnificent men in their flying machines.
They can fly upside with their feet in the air,
They don"t think of danger, they really don"t care.
Newton would think he had made a mistake,
To see those young men and the chances they take.

Those magnificent men in their flying machines,
they go up tiddly up up,
they go down tiddly down down.
They enchant all the ladies and steal all the scenes,
with their up tiddly up up
and their down tiddly down down.

Up, down, flying around,
looping the loop and defying the ground.

They're all frightfully keen,
those magnificent men in their flying machines.
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An old Texas Air National Guard recruiting poster signed "To a good friend of a good officer" by former President and Texas Governor George W Bush.

Then Lt. George W Bush served with the 147th Fighter Group in 1968-1973 and flew F-102's .
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They're (almost) heeeeeere! Our Centennial
WWI 36th ID Doughboys are due to arrive soon. We will post full details on how you can order yours in a few days.
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T-Patch Strong!
Some soldiers from our 36th Infantry Division, Texas National Guard are still hard at work helping out in Puerto Rico, which is still trying to recover from Hurricane Maria.
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SFC Brad Burleson, HHBN 36th Infantry Division, assists in the clearing of roads in the vicinity of Cayey, Puerto Rico. The Texas Army National Guard are assisting in the recovery of the island in the wake of Hurricane Maria. (36th Infantry Division photo by MAJ Randy Stillinger)

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We are currently working on putting together an exhibit on our Texas Defense Guard/ Texas State Guard which was begun as a Home Guard in 1941 for WWII. They were issued M50 Reising sub machine guns.

For a collector of this type of weapon the most desirable ones are the "military" issue, ones produced in later 1942 and 1943 which were issued to USMC in the Pacific and hopefully saw combat use.

The opposite is true for our exhibit, we are looking for an early model which would have been sent to police forces or home guards. The museum has five different M50's in its collection to choose from. The one we have chosen for exhibit, displayed here, appears to be the earliest one we have which was not altered at a later date. It was produced in 1941. #reising #m50
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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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