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:



Our 2nd Bn, 131st Field Artillery were prisoners of the Japanese from March 1942 to September 1945. Over Memorial Day 1943 some of the prisoners were still being held on Dutch East Java. In recognition of the American Memorial Day holiday, the Dutch, British and Australians prisoners decided to do something to help the Americans mark the day. An Australian Sgt named Nix, with access to a machine shop, made these three plaques from mess kit bottoms. They were presented to First Sgt M.T. Harrelson, part of the Service Battery, 131st FA "Lost Battalion" group. When the items were donated to the museum, Mr. Harrelson recalled "It was a very nice gesture to the Americans. Even the Japanese thought it was a big deal." #MemorialDay #WWII ... See MoreSee Less
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Our Close Assault 1968 event is coming up this Saturday and Sunday. A couple of reminders, it will be HOT! The bleachers are in FULL sun, the program lasts about an hour total. So please plan according, bring hats, sunscreen, hand fans, etc... you are also welcome to bring your own food and water. We will have water available from free from igloos, cups will be provided or you can bring your own water bottles. Also bottled water can be purchased from our food vendor IOU BBQ, who will also have soda, chips, and BBQ sandwiches for sale.Showtimes at 11 am and 2 on Saturday and 1:30 on Sunday. We hope to see you there. ... See MoreSee Less
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Although normally closed on Monday, we are open this Memorial Day Monday, May 30th, from 10:00-4:00There will be no special events that day, however we will be hosting our Close Assault 1968 Vietnam era reenactment this weekend, May 28-29th. Check our events page for more details. ... See MoreSee Less
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You can feel the dust kicked up in this photo. Two M7 Howitzers with the 645th Field Artillery BN, 49th Armored Division during the 1950s. Likely taken in the Wichita Falls area.Image from a scrapbook for the 645th Field Artillery Bn. #dust #howitzer #1950s ... See MoreSee Less
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Wooden souvenirs from WWII which came in recently. These types of items were very popular with 36th Infantry Division soldiers and we have a number of different versions of the wooden bowl/plate.Most of these soldiers had never been outside their home state prior to WWII and now they are thousands of miles overseas in a foreign country. So much like today, they wanted to bring home a souvenir of their time spent overseas. Having the T-Patch or "36th Infantry Division" put on items help tie it to their unit and service. We have a wide variety of these personalized purchased souvenirs in the collection from bracelets to wooden clogs to the large 142nd Silver Service which was commissioned by the unit during the Occupation. What type of purchased souvenirs did your relatives bring home? Share them in the comments below. #WWII #souvenirs #TuesdayTrivia ... 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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