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


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


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


A new exhibit put in place today showcasing the 111th Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron during WWII. The 111th was separated from the 36th Infantry Division and sent to North Africa in 1942. They flew O-43 and O-47 observation planes early on before receiving F6 Mustangs after getting overseas. They received a Distinguished Unit Citation for their work in February 1945. The unit had 1 Ace, Lt Valentine Rader. Thanks to Deputy Director Edward Zepeda and intern Caroline Green for their hard work on getting this exhibit installed. ...

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Today is #GivingTuesday a day when non profits and others ask for your support. During this difficult year it seems everyone is in need of extra help, donor fatigue can set in and money is tight for many people.
Today the non profit Foundation which supports the museum asks for your help, even if you can only give a dollar or two that donation can help to keep the museum going.
Our museum is free, we do not believe that anyone should have to pay to learn about the service and sacrifice of our Texas Military Forces soldiers, however running this museum is not free. While we receive some support from the State of Texas, it does not cover building of exhibits, label panels, artifact care, technology, brochures, and many more needs. You can help our Foundation by clicking on this link and making a donation, no matter how small to help the museum continue to tell the story of our Texas Military Forces for generations to come:


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From our friends over @txsg_official Two of their members dressed up as toy soldiers to promote the Young Heroes of the Guard Toy Drive, a yearly event where the TXSG gathers toys for those in need. Please visit www.txsgtoydrive.com for more information. #texas #texasstateguard #toydrive ...

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The museum staff wishes you all a very Happy Thanksgiving. We are grateful to all of our museum members, sponsors, visitors volunteers and followers for their support during this difficult year. We could not stay open and tell the story of our Texas Military Forces without your support, both moral and financial. Thank you.

A reminder that the museum is closed today but will reopen tomorrow at 10:00.

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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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