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:



The Signal Corps Archives Flickr group has posted four new 36th Infantry Division images including this one from August 15, 1944, the landings in Southern France.The invasion armbands are very visible and the Sgt is carrying a Thompson SMG. It is great to be able to have these photos at high resolution to see the details.These guys do great work you can find the album here: ... See MoreSee Less
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These two bronze bells are a puzzle. The only information we found with them was a tag which said "Found on the road to Rome". They were presumably picked up by 36th Infantry Division soldiers in Italy in the Spring of 1944. The larger bell, about 14 inches high, has the "TESV MARIA" and a date of 1634, though that looks like it was redone with added numbers. The image on the bell is of Mary. The smaller bell, 11 inches, has an image we can't make out and "AD 1813". ... See MoreSee Less
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It's been a while since we posted any pictures from the Texas Air National Guard, so here are a couple of 1950s images.The single plane picture shows an F51H , more commonly known by its nickname the "Mustang". This one is named "Lindy Lou II"The second pictures shows a couple of different kinds of planes on what appears to be a day where they were open to the public and letting people take a look up close. There is even a refreshment stand with a great old Pepsi Cola sign. Top photo is from Brooks Field. ... 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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