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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

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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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May the 4th Be With You! Happy Star Wars day. The museum has a WWI British Lewis Gun in its collection. This weapon was the basis of the T-21 Blaster carried by Stormtroopers in the Star Wars franchise. The T-21 prop was produced by removing the drum magazine and a few other small changes were made. #maythe4thbewithyou ...
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During WWII in the China Burma India theater the allied soldiers would often get locals to make them an embroidered CBI patch for their uniforms or as souvenirs. On occasion the also commissioned larger souvenir pieces to send back home. The quality of these pieces can vary greatly. Here are two examples of hand embroidered souvenir pieces from the CBI theater, likely meant to be sent home to family members. The blue is done on silk and features Army Air Corps patch insignia in addition to the US flag, CBI theater patch and stylized Army Air Corps wings. The one on green velvet is a cropped photo of the center of the piece. The quality on this one is not nearly as good and they have misspelled India. ...
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Today marks the 46th Anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War. While the Texas National Guard was not mobilized for Vietnam many thousands of Texans served including members of the Texas National Guard who resigned to join the US Forces serving overseas. We remember their service and sacrifice. Photograph of Vietnam reenactment at the Temple Air Show taken by Chris Hunt. ...
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E.O. Goldbeck, a San Antonio photographer was well known for his "Living Insignia" photographs which he took in the 1920s. This image from our files was taken at Kelly Field in January 1926 and shows the symbol of the "Air Service" or Army Air Corps which later went on to become the United States Air Force. ...
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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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