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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.

MUSEUM HOURS
Tuesday to Sunday 10 am to 4 pm

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ADMISSION IS FREE

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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

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


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On this date in 1917 the 36th Division was officially formed at Camp Bowie, Texas.

Initially made up from Texas and OK National Guard troops the Division was know as the "Panther" Division. Non Guard soldiers were added to the Division before they were sent overseas in July 1918 to make up for losses due to the Influenza outbreak.

While overseas the 36th chose another symbol, an Indianhead, to send in to the War Department to be used as it's official symbol. However the 2nd Division had already submitted a very similar one so the 36th was forces to come up with another design which was a blue arrowhead representing the OK troops and a green "T" for the Texas troops, known as the T-Patch. The insignia was not approved for wear till January 1919.

The 36th returned to Texas in June 1919 and was assigned to Texas for its Army National Guard component. The 36th continued as a Guard unit through the 1920's and 30 dealing with natural disaster and rioting and went from being the 36th Division to the 36th Infantry Division.

On November 25, 1940 the 36th Infantry Division was again Federalized, brought into US service for training in case of war and after the US entry into WWII in December 1941 spent the next 5 years in Federal service; the bulk of the Division fighting in the European theater and the Cavalry units fighing in the Pacific and CBI theaters.

In 1946 the 36th returned to Texas National Guard control where it remained the main Army Guard component until 1973 when replaced by the 49th Armored Division. The 49th became the Texas Army National Guard Division from 1973 to 2004 when the historic 36th was reflagged.

The 36th Infantry Division continues with its soldiers being deployed around the world in various missions including commands in Iraq and Afghanistan, partnerships in Africa, Eqypt, Bosnia, and as always helping protect Texas with missions like the deployments for Hurricane Harvey. With its 71 years of active service the 36th continues its tradition for excellence in every mission it is given.
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On this date in 1928 legendary Texas Ranger Frank Hamer, was tied for 2nd place during a practice shoot here at Camp Mabry. "Off Hand" shooting indicates firing from a standing position with a rifle. Rapid fire at this time was about 1 round every 1.5 seconds.

Earlier in the year, Captain Hamer had won a Rifle match in 200 yard "Off Hand" held on here post, only missing 1 shot. Hamer of course is best known for the pursuit and ambush of the outlaws Bonnie and Clyde.
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The 36th Division Association was formed in 1946, made up initially of WWII soldiers of the Division, they were a social organization dedicated to remembering their fellow soldiers and what they had done at a yearly reunion and other special events.

Many commemorative items were produced over the years, like this Texas T-Patch flag pin we received in a donation yesterday, or this impressive Bowie style knife from an ad in the T-Patch quarterly, a magazine/newsletter they began producing in the 1980s.Over the years we have seen everything from belt buckles to bolo ties, earrings, and watches.

The Association folded 2 years ago, no longer able to sustain its membership of WWII veterans or their family members, and unable to get enough current 36th soldiers interested.

We are thinking of reproducing this pin for sale in our gift shop, what do you think? Also anyone else with T-Patch commemorative items please share them in the comments below.
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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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