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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.

Visit The Museum

ADMISSION IS FREE

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

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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T=Patchers coming home is always good news! ...
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Some new interpretive panels for our F84 jet engine training aid were installed today. ...
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The Texas Military Forces Museum
100 years ago today, July 20th, 1921 the 1st Texas Cavalry became the 112th Cavalry. "Raring to Go" Happy Anniversary! #otd #cavalry #texas ...
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In our post yesterday, we discussed how the original WWI T-Patch had scalloped edges reflecting the appearance of a serrated arrow point. Over time the edges of the T-Patch lost their scallops until the sides became smooth. Recently the 36th Infantry Division HQ applied to the Department of the Army to have the insignia altered back to a more original look: " the arrowhead with scalloped edges symbolize its capacity and cleverness to do more lethal damage compared to a smooth edged arrow during battle; these precise details are very important to the unit's prestige, history, and lineage of over 100 years." The request has been approved and the image below show how the newly redesigned T-Patch will harken back to its true origins. We look forward to seeing these new patches in use on our 36th ID soldiers in the near future. #tpatch #36thInfantryDivision ...
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The National Archives has an "Insignia Book" which contains examples of all the Distinctive Unit Insignia patches from WWI with a short piece about their accomplishments during the "Great War" This is the 36th Infantry Division in their collection, the colors are still bright and crisp. The WWI arrowhead had a wavy outline to mimic the flakes on a stone arrow point. This feature became more streamlined by the 1930s. ...
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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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