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.
|Tuesday||10:00 AM – 4:00 PM|
|Wednesday||10:00 AM – 4:00 PM|
|Thursday||10:00 AM – 4:00 PM|
|Friday||10:00 AM – 4:00 PM|
|Saturday||10:00 AM – 4:00 PM|
|Sunday||10:00 AM – 4:00 PM|
James Beams | Nov 22, 2017
This is a great hidden gem inside Austin. Note you have to enter the military base to get there. Make sure all adults have a photo ID, and just tell the guard you are going to the museum and he will give directions from there. The museum is free, and there is quite a bit to see inside (donations accepted). Be sure to investigate all the areas, because the second half is hiding down a more narrow walkway in the back. Outside are a number of tanks, artillery, and a few other vehicles. It wasn't clear if kids could climb up on them, but I let my boys look up in a few vehicles and no one said anything. On Veterans Day they also had a live show. My boys (4 and 7) both had a lot of fun.
R Smith | Jan 15, 2018
Great place, surprised there was no charge for admission. Staff was friendly and helpful. Museum has things to see inside and out. Good for kids a few displays that are able to clime in.
Randy Avenell | Feb 28, 2018
For years, I have driven down Mopac and seen the stationary fighter jets and helecopters on the side of the road. One day, my son and I decided to make a stop to check them out up close. We were very pleasantly surprised that they are only a fraction of the Texas Military Museum display. The indoor museum is packed with tanks, jeeps, aircraft, bombs, guns, uniforms and diarama displays of famous Texan battles. There is even an F16 cockpit that he could sit in. The museum covers all eras of the Texas military, and is a fantastic learning experience. Outside, there is a huge lineup of tanks and other military vehicles to check out. Plus it is all free to visit, and free parking, too. If you've ever driven by and seen the display facing HWY 1, there is a LOT more to see. Definitely worth the stop.
Blackie Boswell | Sep 29, 2017
This state military museum has quite a few interesting exhibits if you are interested in military history and memorabilia. There are many Jeeps, tanks, armored cars, helicopters, planes, and other historical items on view. There is no admission fee. The staff are very helpful and friendly and there is a small gift shop on site with many inexpensive books and gifts for the history or military buff. I gave it a lower rating because it was fairly difficult to find although the military servicemen at the gate gave fairly good directions you have to drive on to the base and really look for the sign.
Brian and Rachel Pfeiffer | Jan 3, 2018
Great museum. Tons of military vehicles to look at. Really well done. And it's free! Same quality as a paid museum.
Yoram Kalman | Mar 24, 2018
An interesting and richly stocked military museum. A lot of textual explanations, that could possibly be made more concise, and/or provide additional context. The historical perspective is very military and local-patriotic, but that is what I expected, so I was not disappointed by the lack of a more critical perspective. The museum is significantly larger than it seems when you first step in, and a curious adult can spend several hours exploring all of the exhibits.
Ivan Kostyuk | Mar 28, 2018
Amazing museum. Interesting exhibits. Outstanding staff formed by veterans. Keep in mind, it is inside military base. Outside you can find big heavy vehicles. My whole family enjoyed.
Stephen Fischer | Apr 4, 2018
A walk through time of Texas' history adorned eith war memorabilia teeming with history and stories from the past. From the early days of Texas through the World Wars and beyond, the museum does a great job of describing events in detail and painting a picture of life during these times. As someone from the Northeast, some of the language regarding the civil war can seem to have a bias toward the South, but that makes sense given that it is in Texas.
Stephanie Carpenter | Mar 25, 2018
What a great place! We were there for almost 2 hours. There is so many interesting things to look at, and the staff were amazing!
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