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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.

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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Museum staff completed the interior of our WWI bunker/Choctaw Code talker exhibit this morning. Still some work to do on the outside and with exhibit labels, but the big piece is now done after months of very hard work. And yes, the yellow pencil in the code talker's hand is correct. The Dixon Ticonderoga pencil in its class yellow color went into mass production in 1913. ...

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Today is mannequin dressing day 😂 Our Choctaw code talker is patiently waiting his turn while our other WWI Doughboy is ready to go into the new WWI Bunker exhibit. ...

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Created in 2014, Purple Heart Day is celebrated on August 7th. It commemorates the day in 1782 when General George Washington created the “Badge for Military Merit,” a decoration consisting of a purple, heart-shaped piece of silk, edged with a narrow binding of silver, with the word Merit stitched across the face in silver. The badge was to be presented to soldiers for “any singularly meritorious action” and permitted its wearer to pass guards and sentinels without challenge.

The decoration was largely forgotten until 1927, when General Charles P. Summerall, the U.S. Army chief of staff, sent an unsuccessful draft bill to Congress to “revive the Badge of Military Merit.” In 1931, Summerall’s successor, General Douglas MacArthur, took up the cause, hoping to reinstate the medal in time for the bicentennial of George Washington’s birth. On February 22, 1932, Washington’s 200th birthday, the U.S. War Department announced the creation of the “Order of the Purple Heart.”

This explains why there were no Purple Heart Medals awarded for wounds in WWI, at the time soldiers were authorized to wear a “wound stripe” on their uniform. It is possible to go back and request a Purple Heart Medal for a WWI soldier who was wounded or Killed in Action.

The Order of the Purple Heart is the oldest American military decoration for military merit.It is most often awarded for injuries sustained because of enemy attack, including when those injuries are fatal. In addition, the Purple Heart is now given to persons who are injured, wounded or died while a prisoner of war. During WWII the 36th ID had the 5th highest casualty rate of any Infantry Division. #purpleheartday
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For #NationalUnderwearDay we present a set of summer and winter WWII US Army underwear. First picture is “cotton undershirt, summer, sleeveless, OD” with “drawers, cotton, summer”. 2nd picture is “undershirt, wool cotton, OD” and “drawers, wool cotton, OD” ...

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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.

Our  Exhibits