—Texas Military Forces Museum— Camp Mabry, Austin Texas

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Hours: Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 – 4:00

Admission is FREE

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:
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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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Its #ArchivesHashtagParty today and our 142nd Silver Service, a WWII war trophy, has lots of #archivessparkle . This punch bowl, 150 cups (one for every officer of the Regiment), 2 ladles and a plaque are all made from 200 pounds of captured silver which the Regiment had melted down and made into the set in the Fall of 1945. ... See MoreSee Less
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Today is the last day of #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth We have often spoken of the Choctaw Code Talkers who played such an important role for the 36th Infantry Division during WWI. This article, from the Arrowhead newspaper, notes that 6 Choctaw soldiers from Company E, 142nd Infantry Regiment have been awarded a "Church War Cross" for their high standard of conduct and character. 4 of the 6 soldiers mentioned appear in the well known photograph of the Choctaw soldiers from the Fort Worth Star Telegram. They are: 1st from left Solomon Lewis2nd from left Mitchell Bobb4th from left Calvin Wilson5th from left Joseph Davenport #choctaw ... See MoreSee Less
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Today is #GivingTuesday If you make a donation to the Texas Military Forces Historical Foundation TODAY www.memberplanet.com/s/tmfhf/tmfhf-donations you will have a chance to ride in an M113 and blank fire an M60 during our Memorial Day 2023 Close Assault weekend. Two names will be drawn at random from all who donate to the Foundation today.We thank you for your support of the Texas Military Forces Museum and the Foundation which supports us. ... See MoreSee Less
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Happy Fall Ya’ll Camp Mabry sits on 350+ acres of land. The post is open to the public, dawn to dusk and you are welcome to walk around and enjoy the beautiful scenery. #Fall #ATX #Austin ... See MoreSee Less
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We wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving and ask that you remember the men and women of our Armed Forces who are not able to be at home with thier families today. A reminder that the museum is closed today but will be open Friday-Sunday 10-4#happythanksgivingday #grateful ... 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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