Texas Military Forces Museum
Sign outside the Texas Military Forces Museum
The BG John C.L. Scribner Texas Military Forces Museum is located within Camp Mabry in Austin, Texas and was formally opened on November 14, 1992. The museum is located in historic building 6, which was originally built in 1918 as a mess hall. The indoor area of the museum has 45,000 square foot and exhibits memorabilia, photographs, dioramas, uniforms, weapons, vehicles and other military accessories used from 1825 to the present.
Permanent exhibitions in the main gallery include military equipment, personal items, film, music (bugler melodies), photographs, battle dioramas and realistic full-scale environments to tell the story of the Texas Military Forces in the Texas Revolution, Texas Navy, the Texas Republic, the Mexican-American War, the battles along the Indian Frontier, American Civil War, Philippine–American War, World War I, World War II, Korean War, Peace Keeping Deployments and the War on Terror. Weapons such as Sherman tank, German Wehrmacht Jagdpanzer 38t Hetzer, Hotchkiss M1914 machine gun and Bell Huey helicopters are exhibited.
Separate galleries include the history of the Texas Air National Guard, the 36th Infantry Division and the Lost Battalion (2nd Battalion, 131st Field Artillery). A library, historical archives collection and conference center are also in the museum building.
The outdoor exhibition areas Armor Row and Artillery Park have tanks, artillery pieces, helicopters and fighter aircraft on display. Additional aircraft, helicopters and artillery pieces are located around the parade field.
To access the museum you have to enter the camp's main gate and show photo identification. There is no fee for the museum.
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