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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.

The Museum and Camp Mabry remain temporarily closed to the public.

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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Our 36th Infantry Division is on the move in preparation for an upcoming mission as the Army's Forward Headquarters for Operation Spartan Shield.. ...

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T-patch Masks!

If you'd like one of these custom masks, the time to order is NOW! Only 100 available.

$15 each (includes shipping). Payment may be made through Paypal to badams@tmfhf.com. Make sure to include your shipping address!

These masks feature the iconic T-patch on the left cheek, a polyester outer shell, cotton interior, and a pocket for an additional filter. One size fits all.

As always, every dollar you spend goes to support the Texas Military Forces Museum!
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As we enter the file card information into the database it it hard sometimes not to be struck by what these soldiers endured.

Pvt. David Draeger, first entered combat with the Anti Tank Company, 142nd Infantry Regiment on September 9, 1943 with the Salerno landings, he died that same day.

Two mine platoons squads from the AT Company landed with the first wave at 3:00 am to help clear the beaches of mines and barbed wire. They endured heavy machine gun and artillery fire while doing their job. This weapons fire is likely what caused Pvt. Draeger's death.

At 27 years old David Draeger was a little older than many of his fellow Infantry soldiers, he was 6 feet tall, blond haired and blue eyed, he was unmarried, and listed his mother as his next of kin. He was initially buried at a temporary cemetery before being moved to Sicily-Rome American Cemetery.

279 soldiers from the 36th died at Salerno, including 12 from Wisconsin.
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Our Deputy Director of Exhibits, Edward Zepeda, has been using this time while the museum is closed to work on our WWI exhibit construction. These recent photographs show the work in progress. We have received some wonderful WWI era artifacts in the last couple of years, and look forward to having our visitors experience the new gallery once we are able to reopen. ...

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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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