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 last living Medal of Honor recipient from WWII has passed away. Rest In Peace #greatestgeneration #WWII #MEDALOFHONOR ... See MoreSee Less
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More Photo Fun found in the files today; a large number of movie stills from Audie Murphy movies and a couple of smaller shots including these two from "To Hell and Back"Murphy served with the 3rd Infantry Division during WWII but joined the Texas National Guard, and the 36th Infantry Division in July,1950. ... See MoreSee Less
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Another recent find, this somewhat odd WWI picture postcard. The sender "Sullivan" is asking a Lt. Puckett for his clothes to be sent along to him at the American YMCA in Paris. For some reason Mr. Sullivan has chosen to have his picture taken showing his injuries, from the text of the postcard it seems more likely he was injured in an accident then in combat.Hopefully, Sullivan made a full recovery. #postcards #WWI ... See MoreSee Less
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These images are part of a 2009 donation, they were taken by Max Shaffer who was the press photographer for the 36th Infantry Division during WWII. These images of are of some of the high profile captures which the 36th made in the closing stages of the war: Von Rundstedt, Bucher, Gollob, Riefenstahl and another unidentified. Shaffer took hundreds of photographs, unfortunately they were stored in trunk in Louisiana and during Katrina in 2005 they were damaged. A family member donated 70 images which escaped the damage. We will be scanning more of these images soon to add to an online gallery. Check back next month for more details.#WWII #germany #captured #36thInfantryDivision ... 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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