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.

Visit 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


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 file cards for the 36th Infantry Division, a work in progress: WWII 36th File Cards Database
  •  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


Today is Holocaust Remembrance Day. The 36th Infantry Division was in hot pursuit of the German Army in late April 1945, when they came upon Kaufering 4 in Landsburg Germany. Kaufering, a subcamp of the infamous Dachau Concentration Camp. was a slave labor camp and the horrors witnessed by the 36th soldiers who liberated the camp left a deep impression on the men. The museum has a few artifacts related to the 36th liberation of Kaufering including a German flag which flew over the camp. We also have several stories from the 36th soldiers who were there and witnessed the horrors of the camp. Warning some images are graphic #HolocaustMemorialDay #holocaustremembranceday ...
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There is a relatively new book out about a soldier with Company C, 111th Engineers during WWII- "A Private in the Texas Army". The book follows the WWII diary, and some letters, of Frank W. Pearce. This entry from April 1943 as they prepare for the landing at Salerno is interesting. He mentions being issued 176 rounds of ammo for the landing and having to carry not only a machine gun, but his rifle as well. He also acknowledges that many of the men he is with, won't make it back home. We recommend taking a look if you are interested in an individual soldier's view of the 111th Engineers and 36th Infantry Division in World War II:www.amazon.com/Private-Texas-Army-Engineers-Division-ebook/dp/B09QRSFKGD ...
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This is a remarkable tribute to the 36th Infantry Division in World War II.Our Model 7A cornet provides a warm, singing tone with incredible breadth of sound. Even without this custom engraving, our 7A is sure to turn heads! #iplayshires #teamshires #cornet ...
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Every year at some point between January 19th and January 22nd we take time to remember the Rapido River battle, the failed crossing of the Gari river in Italy in 1944. This year we have added General Walker's thoughts on the battle written in 1960 to our website: secureservercdn.net/ those of you interested in a very detailed analysis of the battle by the Commanding General of the 36th Infantry Division. #lestweforget #WWII ...
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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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