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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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100 students from Ruth Barren Elem. visited the museum today. In the month of May we have 11 tours scheduled of 100-140 kids! During the summer we have summer school tours scheduled all but 9 days between June 1 and August 15.

A big thank you to our volunteers and interns. We could not do these tours without them. Shout out to Robby, Kathy, Bob, John, Norm, other Bob, Chris, Shannon, Brooke and Paige. They have all gone above and beyond with this busy tour month.
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Cataloging two "T-Patches" this morning. The circular one is a standard style WWI era T-Patch worn by soldiers with the 36th Infantry Division between January 1919 and the early 1920's. The other is more unusual, it is a WWI looking T-Patch but it is "cut out" and not within a larger circle. This cut out style of T-patch does not usually appear till the mid 1930s or later and then in a machine made version, not handmade like this one. #artifactoftheday ...

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There is always something interesting to find when we go through the uncataloged files. Today we turned up this wonderful Texas Defense Guard poster. The Defense Guard was the precursor to the State Guard and began in 1940. ...

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Happy Mother's Day ...

Happy Mother's day to all moms out there! Thank you for all your love and hard work raising us legends!

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Picture taken by Chris Hunt at our Close Assault 1944 program in May 2015. It is a favorite of ours because it shows our hard working reenactors still smiling despite being covered in mud after doing an hour long program in the pouring rain. You could not ask for a better group then our volunteers. ...

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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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