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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The library and archives are open by appointment only. Please call for an appointment. The museum maintains an archive of various materials including:



As part of a recent large donation, we received 183 Challange Coins related to 49th Armored Division or 36th Infantry Division units.The history of the Challange Coins is debated whether to WWI, the 1960s or to Vietnam but the coins have exploded in use during the 21st Century.They are meant to instill unit pride, improve esprit de corps and reward hard work and excellence. The coins can represent anything from a unit to top leaders, or they can be made to commemorate special events.One of our favorites in this collection is the 141st Infantry Regiment coin from OIF 2009-2011 in the shape of the Alamo. We have often posted pictures of the Alamo facade that the 141st soldiers built in Iraq during this deployment so this coin ties in nicely to the story. #challengecoins #newdonation #texas ... See MoreSee Less
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Just one week till out next reenactment. Over Memorial Day weekend, May 28-29, we will host our Close Assault 1968 which will showcase a Vietnam era assault. The M113, M106 and M151 jeep will all be part of the event. Make your plans now to come out and see us NEXT weekend May 28th and 28th. #savethedate #vietnam #reenactment ... See MoreSee Less
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We hosted the 5th Grade classes from Liberty Hill Elementary in April. Today we received a packet of Thank You letters from the students. They are always a treat to read.Thank you Liberty Hill and we hope to see you all again next year. #thankyou #thankyounotes #LibertyHillTX ... See MoreSee Less
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The museum recently acquired this 1820s-40s Eagle Head sword for the collection. This officer's sword was likely made by Simon Helvig and sons in Alsace, France. This maker exported many swords to the American market. Note the motifs in the detail of the pommel: Lady Liberty, stars, shield and the eagle, which speak to the United States market. It also has a beautiful mother of pearl twist handle.The brass scabbard also has some lovely wheel engraved design with scroll and spiderweb details.The sword will be going into our 19th century gallery exhibit in the coming month. #sword #1800s #Eagles #newartifact ... 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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