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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.

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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James M. Logan, was the only one out of the fourteen soldiers of the 36th Infantry Division to be awarded a Medal of Honor in WWII, who was a member of the Texas National Guard prior to federalization. This press release details the actions which earned him the Medal of Honor on September 9, 1943. ...

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GET 'EM BEFORE THEY'RE GONE!These patriotic masks were custom made for us by one of our supporters. They're strong, with sturdy soft-wrap elastic ear bands, internal wire for a perfect fit and a finished pocket for inserting an additional filter, if desired.

We are selling these for only $15 (and that includes shipping!). Quantities are limited, so email badams@tmfhf.com to order one today! You may request one of the four patterns shown (USA, Stars, Camo, or Flags) and we'll do our best to make sure you receive your first choice, but can't guarantee it.

As always, every dollar you spend goes directly to support the Texas Military Forces Museum.
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These patriotic masks were custom made for us by one of our supporters. They're strong, with sturdy soft-wrap elastic ear bands, internal wire for a perfect fit and a finished pocket for inserting an additional filter, if desired.

We are selling these for only $15 (and that includes shipping!). Quantities are limited, so email badams@tmfhf.com to order one today! You may request one of the four patterns shown (USA, Stars, Camo, or Flags) and we'll do our best to make sure you receive your first choice, but can't guarantee it.

As always, every dollar you spend goes directly to support the Texas Military Forces Museum.
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The "Chipmunk Division"?

In late 1917, while the 36th Division was in training at Camp Bowie, it was nicknamed the "Panther Division" in honor of Ft. Worth, which had been associated with panthers.

However this article from the January 31st 1918, Fort Worth Star Telegram, notes that at one point the Division had a flag with a Chipmunk on it, "his paw outstretched in the most realistic fashion" 😂presented by the Women's Patriotic League of McLennan county.

I think the veterans of the 36th past and present, are probably glad this nickname never took hold.
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A post by Michel Patrick Cahoon, shared some photos of his father, and the poem below. Edwards S Cahoon served with Company F, 141st Infantry Regiment until he was seriously wounded in August 1944.

"My father was haunted until the day he died for lives he took. his friends that were KIA and all the waste of war. They did not have treatment in those days for PTSD and our family suffered for it. This is a poem my dad wrote called "Harvest"
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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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