MUSEUM HOURS: TUESDAY TO SUNDAY 10:00 AM TO 4:00 PM

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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Research

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

 

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In May, we received four original copies of the 36th Infantry Division souvenir maps. Since we already had numerous original copies of these maps already, and with the donor's permission, we held a contest on this page to give them away. On of the people who entered was the daughter of James L Bement, who served with the 36th during WWII. Her father is still alive and athough her name wasn't drawn as a winner we found an extra copy of the Italian campagin map to send to him. Here is Mr. Bement, 99 years old, looking at the map. Today is also Purple Heart Day and Mr. Bement received a Purple Heart for wounds received during the war: 36th-id.frb.io/infantry/james-l-bement#PurpleHeartDay #WWII #greatestgeneration #36thInfantryDivision ... See MoreSee Less
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This Signal Corps photograph is a poignant reminder of the sacrifice of the soldiers of the 36th Infantry Division during WWII. The caption reads: " SC 202219-S Helmet and rifle mark spot in ditch by road where a Yank Infantryman gave his life during new drive by U.S. Seventh Army, VI Corps, 3rd Bn., 143rd Infantry Reg't, 36th Div. Bitschoffen, France 15 March 1945. " #lestweforget #WWII #36thInfantryDivision ... See MoreSee Less
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Soldiers of the Texas Military Department are assisting with combating the many wildfires around the state of Texas. ... See MoreSee Less
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Image of Battery A, 1st Texas Artillery in June 1916. Love the two soldiers with the "extra" campaign hats. That is one tall crown. #everythingisbiggerintexas ... See MoreSee Less
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Some WWII soldier snapshots added today including another one of Marlene Dietrich, Spring 1944 and some soldiers with the 141st and a truck full of artillery shells in their canisters. Snapshots can have some great details but they usually have little if any information written on the back or attached to the image. ... 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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