Muster Day traces it’s roots back to when Texas was still a republic. In the early days, on an annual basis, the troops were ‘mustered’ or called to report. Over the years, the mustering of the troops became obsolete. However, the Texas Military Forces Museum as part of the Texas Military Forces yearly Open House at Camp Mabry, holds a Muster Day where reenactors of all periods from the Texas Revolution through current times can display their historical uniforms, weapons and equipment and show them to the general public. There is a large WWII battle reenactment each day. These battles feature 200 Allied and German soldiers recreating a WWII battle using original equipment, tanks, and weapons from the time period. This includes a fly over by AT-6 Texans as part of the battle. The museum will be open Saturday from 8 am to 5 pm and Sunday from 8 am to 5 pm.
Gates open at 8 am each day. As well as the museum events, there will be displays by the Texas Military Forces, helicopter demos, First Responders, children’s activities, Vietnam Wall Memorial, and much, much more.
The Texas Military Forces Museum will commemorate the Anniversary of the end of the Civil War with a special program -The Guns of 1863- at Camp Mabry on March 10-11. Visitors will get a chance to get an up close and personal look at how soldiers on both sides lived during the war, as well as see firing demonstrations of some of the Civil War’s most famous weapons. In addition the museum’s living history volunteers will explain the uniforms and equipment used by the troops, why they carried flags into battle and the role of drums and bugles in the war. The intricate maneuvers of infantry formations on the battlefield will also be demonstrated.
Showtime is at 1 pm but the camp areas will be open to the public from 9 am to 4 pm.
The museum will be closed on Christmas Day but open regular hours the rest of the holiday season.
As Time Goes By – Our annual 1940’s fundraiser dinner dance will be held on Saturday February 10, 2018 starting at 6:30 pm. Seating is limited to 250. Tickets are $100 per person and include dinner, cash bar, souvenir glass, photo booth, dancing to the Sentimental Journey Orchestra and our silent auction.
For more information and to purchase tickets please visit our events page: Dance Tickets
Remember the true meaning of Memorial Day with this stirring look back at World War II. Close Assault 1944 honors the service and sacrifice of America’s veterans by focusing on the history of the 36th Infantry Division of the Texas Army National Guard during World War II. The free program features members of the Texas Military Forces Living History Detachment exhibiting the uniform and equipment worn by the American GI in the European Theater of the Second World War, as well as those of his German opponent. In addition, the two-day event will provide guests the opportunity to witness firing demonstrations of the most famous U.S. and German small arms of World War II, as well as see everything from tents and radio equipment to GI baseball gloves and mess kits and operational vehicles such as an M4 Sherman Tank, M3 Halftrack and Jeeps.
The event will take place rain or shine and bleachers will be available for seating. Souvenirs and concessions will be available. Show times are at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. both days. The 45,000 square-foot Texas Military Forces Museum will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the weekend. Both the program and admission to the museum are free.
Camp Mabry is open to the public and adults will need to show a valid photo ID such as a driver’s license or a military ID to come on post.
The museum will be OPEN regular hours 10 am to 4 pm all this week including on Wednesday July 4th.
The museum staff are often asked how to find out information about a relative who served in WWII. We have put together a slide show with some useful information and links.
Come see and handle some of the most famous weapons in military history. The Texas Military Forces Museum will be opening it’s gun vault up for one night- July 21, 2018 from 6pm to 9 pm.
Climb inside a M4A3 Sherman tank, a German Hetzer, WWII and post war era jeeps, a Kiowa and Raven helicopter, US and German halftracks and M113 and more.
Weapons from the Civil War through the War on Terror will be available to touch and pick up. Including all the standard infantry weapons and anti tank weapons: items like the M1863 Springfield, Krag-Jorgenson,Japanese type 99, BAR, German MP 40, Russian AK-47’s,M1-D sniper rifle, and many, many more. Uniformed reenactors will also be available to discuss the history of each weapon.
Tickets are $5 at the door ( children under 6 are free) Early Bird admission at 5 pm is just $10 , Museum Members are FREE. Not a Member but want to join? Join the Museum Foundation– All money benefits the Texas Military Forces Museum and its programs. cash or credit card accepted
It will be very hot this year, please dress for the weather. You are welcome to bring bottled water. Some things like the Sherman Tank and F84 require you to climb up a ladder and be able to fit inside.
Chick fil A will be at the event with food for sale and souvenirs will be available for purchase
For more information 512-782-5394
The museum will be open to the public on Monday May 28th from 10 am to 4 pm. No special events are planned on Monday but our Close Assault event will be held on May 26-27th.