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Texas Military Forces Museum, Austin

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The Texas Military Forces Museum (officially the Brigadier General John C.L. Scribner Texas Military Forces Museum) is a history museum in Austin, Texas. It is hosted by the Texas Military Department at Camp Mabry and is part of the United States Army Historical Program.
It is open to the public Tuesday-Sunday from 10am-4pm CST. Admission is free. Access to Camp Mabry requires a government issued identification, such as a driver's license, passport, or common access card. Approximately 159,000 tourists visited from 1992-2007.
The museum's stated mission is "to tell the story of the Texas Military Forces from 1823 through the present and into the future, support the mission of the Texas Military Forces, honor our veterans, educate our fellow citizens, promote espirit d' corps among the men and women of the Texas Military Forces, and inspire youth to serve."
As of 2018, the 45,000 sqft museum has indoor and outdoor galleries featuring 24 major exhibits, which includes over 10,000 artifacts, 36 vehicles, 8 dioramas, 16 macro environments, 16 macro artifacts, and over 50 uniformed mannequins. The library and archive features over 10,000 books and 20,000 photos available for research.
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  • Hidden gem on Camp Mabry. Open to the public just go to the website and follow directions. If youre into military history it follows the path of the 36th Infantry Division throughout WWI, WWII and...  more »
  • A lot to see. Well organized. Learned a lot about texas 36th infantry division. Visited with my 14 year old, he loved it. The exhibition gave us the opportunity to talk about history of the WWII and....  more »
  • This place is amazing! We take our kids often, they love it and it’s FREE! As a history nerd I love it. Getting to see up close the vehicles and weapons used by both sides in multiple wars. Goes back to the fight for Texas Independence, the Civil War, World War I and II, Vietnam, Operation Iraqi Freedom and the War on Terrorism. Has good book and gift section as well with rows of tanks to see outside the museum. You won’t be disappointed!
  • Amazing museum, especially considering it's free! Really provides a Texas-centric view of military engagements through the years - from Mexico secession all the way through 9/11 and current day. There's an F-16 (?) Trainer that you and your kids can sit in for a photo and a whole lot of tanks, artillery and vehicles too. An all around great experience. The docent was super friendly and accommodating as well - all around, A+ gem that I never knew existed even as a 15 year Austin resident.
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