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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 FREE.

MUSEUM HOURS
Tuesday to Sunday 10 am to 4 pm

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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A short video from 2018 on our Charles Polk Player Dime Store You Soldier collection: ...

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A brief look at the life of a 36th Infantry Division soldier in WWII. This is part of the dialogue from a school group tour done by staff. ...

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While the museum has been closed to the public, the museum staff and interns have continued to work on things such as needed work on the building itself, work on new exhibit designs, answering research question and we have 7 people doing data entry into the 36th Infantry Division database.

This project is to take file cards which contain the names of soldiers with the 36th Infantry Division, both at the time of federalization in 1940, and those who served with the Division during WWII. There are approximately 50,000 cards and it is a long term process to get the information entered. As of this afternoon we have over 6600 cards entered. Here are a few examples:
36th-id.frb.io/infantry/henrycbragaw
36th-id.frb.io/infantry/milton-hsteffen
36th-id.frb.io/infantry/bernard-p-bell

I know many of your are anxious for this database to be made available online as well as part of our museum 36th Infantry Division exhibit. We continue to work with the vendor who set up the database to make that possible.

How about a hand for our hard working staff and volunteers working on this very tedious project 😁
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The Texas Military Forces Museum receives no State funding, so your support is what keeps us going!
Camp Mabry is currently closed to the general public in order to help combat the spread of the coronavirus and that means that our two largest revenue streams, our gift shop and direct public support through donations, are at a complete standstill. However, the shut down has allowed us the time to complete a project long in the works and one that's been requested by our visitors and supporters many times; we've opened an online museum store.
Please visit at www.tmfhf.org/museum-store/

We're beginning small, but have included those items most requested and will add more selections in the coming months. Shipping is a flat $4.00 plus $0.25/item. Payment may be made through Paypal or by credit/debit card.

Donations, now more than ever, are greatly appreciated! You can also support us through Amazon Smile or by choosing to become a member!
Thank you and best of health to everyone!
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The Texas Military Forces Museum

Bluebonnets on our parade field by the F 86 and F4 jets. ...

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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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