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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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The Yorkshire Museum in England does a Curator's Battle on twitter and this week's theme was Best Party Object. Here is our entry:

This ceramic jug was used to hold "Tanker's" or "Artillery" punch, the recipe is included. You would mix everything together, ferment for 6 weeks then pour it in the jug. #CURATORBATTLE #BestPartyObject
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We have two new patches for purchase! These are available at the museum and on our webstore at www.tmfhf.org/museum-store/.

On the left is a reproduction of a Disney Studios patch created in 1942 for the Texas Defense Guard Air Unit. This patch is leather, approx. 3" in size, and has a Velcro backing. $6.00

On the right is a reproduction WWII Texas Defense Guard patch. The is a classic embroidered patch with a Velcro backing and is approx. 3.5". $6.00

These patches were produced and donated to the Foundation by one of our fantastic Texas State Guardsmen to help raise funds for the museum. Quantities are limited, so order yours today!
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Here are some photos of the museum's Cobra Gunship with her restoration nearing completion. Great work by our friends at DLC Aircraft Preservation. You can come see her on the parade ground at Camp Mabry. All our outdoor exhibits are open dawn to dusk 7 days a week all year long. ...

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Just discovered these great photographs in a file folder with a story about the Texas Department of Public Safety's use of Camp Mabry in the 1930-50 time frame. The interior shot is of building 6, the current home of the museum. taken in 1938 when it was the garage and motor pool for DPS. The outside shot was taken in 1937 in front of building 10, right nextdoor to our building.

The top photo is taken from the middle of what is the museum's current Cold War/War on Terror Gallery, looking north into today's 19th Century Gallery. A solid brick wall runs along the right edge of the photo today separating these galleries from the museum's Great Hall. A wall separates the two galleries today, running just in front of the Clear Story (the while patch of light in the upper left center of the photo), with a door located roughly where the two men are standing in front of the vehicle.
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The soon to be restored Cobra helicopter heading back to the parade ground where it will be repaired, repained and put back on display. ...

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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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