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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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WWII reenactor in France laying flowers on the grave of PFC Marvin L Christensen, 143rd Infantry Regt, 36th Infantry Division who was Killed in Action on December 2, 1944. PFC Christensen was from Illinois. Many French citizens have adopted graves of American soldiers killed in WWII and buried in France. These French citizens bring flowers to the graves to honor the memory of those soldiers who fought and died to help free France from Nazi Occupation. Photo by Jacky Becht. ...

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#otd in 1944 the 36th Infantry Division took part in Operation Dragoon(Cowpuncher) the invasion of Southern France. This landing went much smoother than the landings at Salerno in 1943 and the 36th took lighter casualties but still faced stiff opposition. The troops were loaded into smaller crafts for landing. Plans were drawn up to show where each soldier would be placed in each craft. This drawing is from a platoon of the 143rd Infantry Regiment. ...

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Thanks to the Young Men's Service League of Austin and their fantastic mom's for spending half the day doing a big clean of the museum's Great Hall today... sweeping, mopping, washing and dusting the vehicles, cleaning exhibit cases! Great folks who did a great job! Thanks Y'all! ...

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One of our favorite modern day patches in the museum's collection, featuring characters from a popular animated film. During WWII many Disney characters were used as part of unit patches particularly for the Army Air Corps. This patch comes from a Texas National Guard unit deployed for Operation Jump Start in 2006-2010 time frame. #SmileandWaveBoys. #madagascar #penguins ...

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Did you know that between 1924 and 1952 that Camp Mabry was used by the State Highway Department and Department of Public Safety (DPS)? This photo shows DPS officers in front of Blg 10 here on post. The museum's building is visible on the far left hand side of the photograph, our "clearstories" or skylights mark our distinctive roof. #fridayfunfacts

Photo from Lubbock Avalanche-Journal article "DPS reflects on history as it marks 75th year":
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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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