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. The museum displays dozens of tanks, armored personnel carriers, self-propelled guns, trucks, jeeps, helicopters, jet fighters, observation aircraft and towed artillery pieces. 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 years. Check our website for more details.
Admission is FREE. Our hours are Tuesday to Sunday 10 am to 4 pm. A picture ID is required for adults to enter Camp Mabry, but the post is OPEN to the public. Guided tours are available for groups of 12 or more. These tours are free.
Also museum staff is available Monday to Friday 7 am to 5 pm to answer questions, do research requests, or take appointments for special requests. The museum has an extensive archive and a research library focused on Texas Military.
2200 West 35th St., Bldg. 6 (map)
Tuesday to Sunday 10 am to 4 pm
Admission to the museum is FREE.