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:



The 111th Attack Squadron, the oldest flying unit in the Air National Guard and 2nd oldest flying unit in the United States Air Force is celebrating 105 years of service.Wishing the 111th Attack Squadron a very happy 105th Anniversary. #aceinthehole #airnationalguard #usairforce ... See MoreSee Less
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Received some great 1960-70s photos today, which show a Quarter Master supply area inside what is today the museum building! We still have the oversized machine gun model in the collection. ... See MoreSee Less
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Texas Cavalry MedalDuring World War I, Texas raised and trained two brigades of cavalry in anticipation of their mobilization in January 1919 and subsequent service on the battlefields of France. The sudden end of the Great War on November 11, 1918 precluded the mobilization of the brigades and made their members ineligible of the World War I Victory medal. In 1922, the Texas Congressional Delegation lobbied for approval of a medal to recognize the unique service of these troops. On April 16, 1924 the United States Congress authorized the issuance of the Texas Cavalry Medal to those who served in the two brigades. The medal was designed by Anthony De Francisci and authorized by Public Law 91 of the 68th Congress and is a lasting testament t o the patriotism and dedication to duty of Texas Cavalrymen during the First World War. While only 840 Texas Cavalry Service Medals were issued for WWI service over 3,500 were made. The Texas Military Forces Museum has 10 record boxes of the medals with approximately 280 medals per box! All still in the original boxes with tissue intact. #cavalry #WWI #medal ... See MoreSee Less
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#OTD 78 years ago today, the 36th Infantry Division took part in Operation Dragoon, the landings in Southern France. These were part of a comic strip was drawn by Charles Anderson, Battery B, 132nd Field Artillery, 36th Infantry Division. Mr. Anderson had done illustrations and even some propaganda posters for the US in WWII. This was a 36 strip comic which started on May 27, 1946 and was published 1 a day for 36 days. They series told the story of the 36th Division in WWII ... 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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