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 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


Restoration work on the two Hueys on the museum's parade ground is finished. Great work by the DC Aircraft Preservation team! ...
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BG Charles Schoening, with the Texas National Guard, 36th Infantry Division was honored yesterday at the University of Texas home football game. #TexasNationalGuard #36thInfantryDivision #universityoftexasataustin #hookemHonored to have retired Brigadier General Charles Schoening with us yesterday for the Texas Lottery Veteran of the Game!texassports.com/news/2021/10/15/football-texas-lottery-veteran-recognition-charles-schoening.aspx#HookEm ...
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Body and paint work being done on the "Huey's" today. The UH-1H and UH-1M are displayed on the Camp Mabry parade ground. We will post updated pictures on Monday once the repair work is complete. This UH-1H was used by the 36th Aviation Company as a cargo/troop carrier. The specific origin of the UH-1M is unknown. ...
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A gentleman donated this flag and several others today. He served as an officer with the 49th Armored Division from 1964-1984. The story he gave with this Division flag is that is had been put away wet and was damaged and that the HQ was looking to throw it away. Our donor saved it and took it home. He believes they are the original Division's colors from 1946-1950 time frame. The second picture from the 1952 49th AD Annual seems to show a flag much like the one he donated behind MG Albert S. Johnson, who commanded the Division. The seam in the center is visible if you look closely. So the flag at least dates back to 1952. #texas #flag #1950s #49tharmoreddivision ...
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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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