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

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An informative video about the museum:
Telling Stories-Texas Military Forces Museum

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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 Texas Military Forces Museum

1922 photograph from the Library of Congress ...

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Today is Canada Day, the anniversary of the day in 1867 when Canada became the first British colony to receive dominion status. Did you know there is a Canadian link here on Camp Mabry?
In 1949 a totem pole was presented at Camp Mabry to honor the 628 Texans who fought with the Royal Canadian Air Forces during WWII. The 35 foot high pole was hand carved and painted with totemic symbols by Chief Mathis Joe Capilano.
There are five figures in the totem pole "The Family Tree of the Thunderbird" Figure 1 is the son of Thunderbird, who makes lightening, thunder, and "big wind". Figure 2 is the daughter of Thunderbird, who is the keeper of hail storms. Figure 3 is the mother of Thunderbird who makes lightening, thunder and produces the rain. Figure 4 is the father of Thunderbird (Chief Thunderbird) who makes the biggest lightening, makes big thunder, and sends his hex to the dragon. The Chief Thunderbird makes the biggest windstorms after which they all eat the dragon. Figure 5 at the bottom is the dragon.
Unfortunately, do to condition issues the totem pole is no longer on display, but held inside one of the warehouse buildings.

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Our masks are going fast!

Flags, stars, Army, Air Force, Navy, and camo varieties are still available, but going quickly so get yours today! You may choose the pattern(s) you like best and we'll try to make sure that's the one you receive, but can't guarantee. We only have one remaining of some styles!

Masks are $15 each (that includes shipping!). To order, please email badams@tmfhf.com. Every dollar you spend- whether you buy a mask, donate, or shop our online store at www.tmfhf.org- goes directly to support the museum!

Thank you for support!

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Texans are pretty attached to their flag, and stubborn as well. Sgt. Richard M "Dick" Hatfield, 124th Cavalry Regiment, proved his love of the Lone Star State in March 1945. Despite being wounded Sgt. Hatfield tried repeatedly to plant the Texas flag on top of a hill in Burma before his "Yankee" commander ordered him to stop.

The 124th Cavalry Regiment, was part of the MARS Task Force during WWI and fought in the China Burma India theater.

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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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