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 FREE.

Tuesday to Sunday 10 am to 4 pm

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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


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

Office staff can be reached Monday to Friday, 8 am to 5 pm.

Phone: 512-782-5659
Email: txmilmuseum@gmail.com

Mailing Address:
P.O Box 5218
Austin, Tx 78763

Address for GPS :  3038 West 35th St. 78703


Today we recognize #MedalOfHonorDay The 36th Infantry Division during WWII had 12 MOH recipients in the European theater. texasmilitaryforcesmuseum.org//36division/mohcon.htm

Charles "Commando" Kelly pictured here was the first member of the 36th to be presented the MOH. #MedalMonday #MedalofHonor

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Members of the Texas Military Forces Museum's living history detachment, G Company, attended a living history event at the Museum of the American GI this past weekend in College Station. They did WWI on Saturday and WWII on Sunday. photo by Cam Gilland. ...

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4 days ago

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Happy first day of spring ...

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Its #NationalPoetryDay This poem was written by Captain Jenkins with Dickenson's Company 9th Texas Infantry

1st There was a band of Texans
Whose Captains name was Joe
They left homes fond connections
Some fourteen months ago

2nd They rendezvoused in Texas
About a month or so
With Col. S.B. Maxey
And the gallant Captain Joe

3rd Till in the dreary winter times
Midst rain and cold and snow
They marched away in solid line
To meet the hostile foe

4th They moved away in lively shifts
As soldiers always do
Till death began to form his coil
Around this little crew

5th Till one by one began to fall
On this side and the other
Till all this little band was called
To bury one another

6th Till in the Mississippi Valley
On the winding Tennessee
The call was make to rally
To Beauregard and Lee

7th The roll was called the number five
But all stood up in row
And said they’d fight for Southern Rights
And so did Capt. Joe

8th They marched upon the battlefield
To that place called Shiloh
Then there admist the cannons peal
They lost their Captain Joe

9th With his back towards his native land
His face towards the foe
Cheering on his little band
He met the fatal blow

10th Thought many hearts this caused to break
And many heads laid low
There never fell a better heart
Than fell with Captain Joe

11th Oh! Where is now that little band
Of Jims and Toms and Joes
That felt a mother’s last embrace
Some fourteen months ago

12th And were is that bright beauty
Old Collins fairest daughter
That gave to us the banner
And bade us never falter

13th Go ask the crimson battlefield
Where Johnston and Gladden fell *
Echo answers every voice
They’re sleeping in the dell

14th There trace the wandering footsteps
Of these itinerant soldiers
And oft these words you’ll find engraved
“Here lies a Texas Soldier”

*- BG Albert Sidney Johnston and BG Adley H Gladden

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Congratulations to our Texas National Guard Small Arms Pistol team who won First Place in the US Army Pistol Team Championship at Fort Benning, GA.Texas National Guard team “Texas Army National Guard”, poses for a picture during the 2019 U.S. Army Small Arms Championship awards ceremony at Fort Benning, Georgia on March 16. The team won first place in the U.S. Army Pistol Team Championship, which is an aggregate of matches 4T and 6T. During the matches, competitors engaged targets from 10 to 35 yards in the standing, kneeling and prone positions.
(U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Stephen M. Wright)

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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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