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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.


The Texas Military Forces Museum has embarked upon an ambitious Master Plan to bring our facility into the 21st Century. Phase 1 is complete, and we have started a Capital Campaign to raise 4 million dollars to complete the remaining phases of the master plan and create a 1 million dollar operational endowment to ensure the museum’s ability to continue to operate as a state-of-the-art institution well into the future.
We accept donations of time and artifacts as well!


The library and archives are open by appointment for research to all members of the public. The museum maintains an incredible archive of various materials including:carrigan
  • World War I Service cards for every Texan who served
  • Extensive research library
  • World War II card file for the 36th Infantry Division
  • 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


Just arrived- WWII era 105mm howitzer. It needs some TLC, we will be refurbishing it and eventually it will go into display with the DUKW. This is the type of gun used by our 36th Infantry Division Field Artillery units during WWII. (4 photos) ...

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Today is National Coffee Day. We just put on display this Civil War era coffee pot with numerous repairs. Some of the repairs are done with lead, the same lead they used for making bullets ! The pot came from a camp site associated with Ross' Texas Cavalry Brigade in Georgia. Imagine drinking your coffee out of this coffee pot. (2 photos) ...

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This weekend our Civil War reenacting group- Company B, Red River Battalion, Texas Brigade- is participating in the 150th Anniversay of the battle of New Market Heights/ Chaffin's Farm

Here is a brief history of the battle:
The Battle of New Market Heights/Chaffin's Farm
September 29-30, 1864
During the night of September 28-29, Major General Benjamin Butler’s Army of the James crossed James River to assault the Richmond defenses north of the river. The columns attacked at dawn. After initial Union successes at New Market Heights and Fort Harrison, the Confederates rallied and contained the breakthrough. The Federals entrenched, and the Confederates erected a new line of works cutting off the captured forts. Waiting behind the multilayered breastworks along the New Market Road below New Market Heights were perhaps 2,000 Confederate soldiers belonging to the famous Texas brigade and Brigadier General Martin Gary's dismounted cavalry brigade. Lee reinforced his lines north of the James and, on September 30, he counterattacked unsuccessfully.

The Battle of Chaffin's Farm was the North's most successful effort to break General Robert E. Lee's defensive lines north of the James. For their valor, 14 African Americans received the Medal of Honor. This was an especially significant event in American military history given that only 16 Army Medals of Honor were awarded to black troops during the entire Civil War.

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We don't post as much on the 49th Armored Division. The 49th AD had exsisted alongside the 36th Infantry Division from 1946 to 1968. In 1973 the 36th ID, was replaced by the 49th AD as the main Texas Army National Guard force. The 49th AD continued until 2004 when the 36th ID was reflagged.

This photograph from the 1980s shows a M113 APC with an M2 50 caliber machine gun mounted on top during a training exercise. The museum has several M113s currently undergoing renovation which will be back on display later this fall.

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Contact Us

Phone: 512-782-5659
Mailing Address:
P.O Box 5218
Austin, Tx 78763

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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.

To find out about upcoming events visit our events page.

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