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.

Tuesday to Sunday 10 am to 4 pm

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


The Mabry Monster M*A*S*H & Jeepers Creepers Rally is only a week away!!

Join us for a day of Fall fun at our fundraiser benefitting the Texas Military Forces Museum!

The Jeepers Creepers Rally begins at Noon, with music, food, vendors, and dozens of Jeeps from around Central Texas! Come out to the Camp Mabry parade field and see military & vintage Jeeps, rock crawlers and custom Jeeps! Get up close and personal with the new Jeep Gladiator on display from Covert DCJR and check out the Mahindra ROXOR UV brought to you by Texas Tractor Country. Be sure to register for one of our great door prizes and vote for your favorite Jeep for the People’s Choice Award! Entry is free!

At 5 p.m., move on down to the grounds of the Texas Military Forces Museum and help us get the party started at the Mabry Monster M*A*S*H! Costumes are not required but live a little and come as your favorite M*A*S*H character or their zombie equivalent! We have live music from bands Granville Automatic and Sterling Country, vintage tunes by DJ Rick Giles, food trucks, and adult beverages sponsored by Tito’s Homemade Vodka and Lone Star Beer. We’ll have door prizes, games and a costume contest! Tickets are $25 at the gate, $15 for Jeepers Creepers participants, and $10 for TMD personnel with I.D. All tickets include a collectible event dog tag and two beers!

100% of all proceeds go to support the Texas Military Forces Museum

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These images were shared with us by the Association drome44 and mbm44. The German 1939 dated drum was left with a French family in Montelimar. in August 1944 when the 36th Infantry Division passed through. This war souvenir was picked up by soldiers with the 132nd Field Artillery in Italy.

One side of the drum has a T-Patch, and :
2nd Section Battery A, 132nd Field Artillery Battalion
North Africa, Italy, France
and a list of soldier names ( Baker, Broomfield, Clark, Cross, Darliek, Ferrara, Gerhardt, Goldberg, Mahaney, Massago, Wycheck) [spelling is inconsistent over several sources]

The other side has a list of place names from Italy:
Salerno, Mt Camino, Mt Lungo, Anzio, Rome, Napoli,

We were able to locate a picture with some of these soldiers in the 132nd "Pass in Review" book.

Our thanks to these groups for sharing this outstanding artifact with us.

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On this date in 1918, Captain Ira C Odgen, commanding Company F, 141st Infantry Regiment, 71st Infantry Brigade, 36th Infantry Division, was killed in action. He received the Distinguished Service Cross and the Croix De Guerre for his actions on October 9-10.
Ogden was a prominent San Antonio Lawyer and a University of Texas graduate. In a letter sent to Adjutant General James Harley written shortly before his death Ogden wrote " I feel that I will never live through this campaign and I will die fully conscious that I have done my duty to God and my country.. The Texans under my command are not only brave and efficient soldiers but heroes as well." #otd

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This image from 1897 show one of the grandstands which stood on the parade field at Camp Mabry. There were a series of grandstands from the time the camp was founded through the late 1920s. The were used for programs held at the camp including sham battles, horse races, expositions and polo matches! Original photo from the Austin History Center, Austin Public Library ...

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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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