GPS Address 3038  W 35th St. Austin, Tx 78703

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.  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.


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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 only. Please call for an appointment. The museum maintains an archive of various materials including:



Looking to volunteer? Are you interested in Texas history or military history? Like talking with people? Do you have at least 4 hours a week of time to donate? Then the Texas Military Forces Museum is for you.The Museum is looking for docents who can work at our front desk greeting visitors. We need people who can work one day a week, any day other than Monday when we are closed to the public. At any time between 9:30 am to 4 pm. There is no previous experience required. Please contact the museum at or 512-782-5394 for more information. ... See MoreSee Less
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If you are interested in the history of individual WWII soldiers, has several collections available which can prove useful including this one on WWII Press Releases and Citations: are some examples from the collection, sometimes the soldier is identified as being part of the 36th, other times you can make an educated guess for example which it mentions a river crossing in Italy on January 21, 1944.Museum staff are going through and trying to save as many of these items as possible to our files and also adding them to the online 36th database. ... See MoreSee Less
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Today is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year and it is brutally hot here in Central Texas.So to help you cool off, we have a few drink recipes from our favorite 1980's cookbook by the 36th Association group- Enjoy 😉#summersolstice #1980s #drinks ... See MoreSee Less
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On this date in 1865, with the Civil War over and Federal control being imposed on the Southern states, General Gordon Granger arrived in Galveston and issued General Order Number 3, which read, "The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free. This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor. The freed are advised to remain at their present homes, and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts; and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere." June 19th began to be celebrated by newly freed slaves as "Emancipation Day" as early as 1866, and later became known as "Juneteenth". It became a State holiday in Texas in 1979 and a Federal holiday in 2021. #Juneteenth ... See MoreSee Less
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We wish all the dads our there a Happy Father's Day today. In particular all those military father's away from their children today. #HappyFathersDay ... See MoreSee Less
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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 B Company Brochure .

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