Texas Military Forces Museum

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 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 year. Admission to the museum is always FREE.


A photo I.D. for all adults is required for entry onto Camp Mabry. In addition, Camp Mabry regulations require motorcycle riders to wear long pants, a long sleeve shirt, and a motorcycle helmet. If for any reason the gate guards refuse you entry to the post to visit the museum, please have them call us at 782-5659 and we will make arrangements to bring you to the museum.

Please see the detailed driving directions page for additional directions or call (512) 782-5659.

Inclement Weather Policy To facilitate the safety of museum volunteers and provide timely information to the general public, the Texas Military Forces Museum’s inclement weather policy will be to close the museum at any time the Austin Independent School District closes due to weather, and/or the Texas Adjutant General’s Department directs the closing of the facility.

Free tours

Guided Tours of the museum, for groups larger than 15,  are available 10 a.m. to 4 p.m Tuesday through Friday and may be scheduled by calling the museum office at 512-782-5659 during normal office hours: 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.  See the guidelines document below for detailed information once you tour is booked.

2200 West 35th St.
Austin, TX 78703

Hours of Operation
Tuesday – Sunday 10:00a.m – 4:00p.m.
Monday Closed



Tuesday Hours: 
10:00am - 4:00pm
Wednesday Hours: 
10:00am - 4:00pm
Thursday Hours: 
10:00am - 4:00pm
Friday Hours: 
10:00am - 4:00pm
Saturday Hours: 
10:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday Hours: 
10:00am - 4:00pm
Era of Service: 
Programs for Family Members: 
All Spouses
All Children
Career Phase: 
VA Disability Rating Requirement: 
No Disability Requirement
Discharges Allowed: 
No Minimum Discharge