The Texas Military Forces Museum
The Texas Military Forces Museum is located in the City of Austin, TX, and has been open to the public since November 4th, 2009. As of today, it houses over 10,000 artifacts from wars that took place in or around Texas including items related to WWI (1917-1918), WWII (1941-1945), and Desert Storm (1991).
History of the museum
The Texas Military Forces Museum opened in 1984 and was originally located at Camp Mabry, the state's military headquarters. In 2000 it moved to its current location on Highway 71 West near Austin-Bergstrom International Airport. The museum is a member of the Army Museums Ogden network which includes three other museums that are also dedicated to the history of America's Army.
The museum presents a comprehensive record of all military service branches and topics, including early Texas militia uniforms, Mexican War swords and guns, World War I doughboy helmets, and weaponry from both world wars as well as Korea. The American West is also represented through artifacts such as Indian peace medals and trade silver - items that were used for commerce and diplomacy.
The museum has an impressive collection of guns, arms, uniforms, and war-related artifacts which are displayed in exhibits dedicated to the American West; World War II; Cold War military technology; Army aviation during peacetime (1836-1940); Army aviation during wartime (1941-present); and the Vietnam War.
The museum has a collection of over 15,000 items with about half on display at any time. Visitors can see uniforms and weapons that range from the colonial period to present-day military technology.
One of the most popular exhibits is "The Wall" which honors every fallen soldier in the United States Armed Forces since 1775. This special exhibit is open all year round, and each month a different branch of the military has their names added to the wall.
How to get to the museum?
The Texas Military Forces Museum is located at 2200 W 35th St, Austin, TX. To get there you need to take Mopac Loop I-35 south to exit 243A and then go east on E Koenig Ln toward Barrow Dr. The museum is between Saiz Rd and Barbara Bush Drive.
The museum offers both guided tours as well as self-guided educational materials for school groups which are available in English or Spanish. For more information visit their website http://www.texasmilitaryforcesmuseum.org/ or call +15127825659 to get more information.
The museum offers tours daily at 10 am and 4 pm with an admission cost of $6 for adults ($4 for children 6-12 years old).