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“Fascinating Trip into History”

Texas Military Forces Museum
Ranked #35 of 326 things to do in Austin
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Coleman Tx
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Fascinating Trip into History”
Reviewed January 14, 2013

After the weather turned very cold and cancelled any attempt at outdoor activity, we found this cool museum hidden inside Camp Mabry. Even though the building looks tiny it took my teenager and I three hours to see all the museum contains. We were most fascinated with an actual piece of the Berlin Wall and the 9-11 exhibit, including pieces from the Pentagon. If you are in Austin, spend an afternoon exploring the museum. The staff will be truly glad you are there!

Visited January 2013
1 Thank Bob S
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Bee Cave, Texas
Level 4 Contributor
33 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“One of the BEST Military Forces Museums in the United States or anywhere!”
Reviewed December 29, 2012

The Texas Military Forces Museum is one of the states and United States hidden treasures. As a museum junkie I have been to a lot of them and this one is one of the best anywhere. Located at Camp Mabry, home of the Texas Military Forces Headquarters, this museum is open to the public and is FREE! Artifacts on display begin with the birth of Texas military history in the early days when Texas was a Republic aside from the U.S. and tells the tale to modern day. The location features artifacts from large to small, and things you'd never expect to see outside an institution like the Smithsonian. Tanks, Aircraft, and smaller expertly restored military vehicles to include WW2 German types are on exhibit in the "Great Hall", plenty of dioramas, and vignettes to spark kids and adults minds alike and even a portion of the Berlin Wall. I'm a WW2 buff but probably the most facinating exhibit is that on the current war and that occupies the newest gallery at the Museum, the War on Global Terror. Damaged parts of the Pentagon are on display, the helmet worn by the first Texas Soldier Killed in Action rests here as do many other facinating timely artifacts from "Todays War". In the Spring "American Heroes Day" is a big event that features helicopters, ground display and a HUGE WW2 Battle with tanks and ground reenactors. The museuems corps of living historians also produce a spectical not be missed every Memorial Day and Veterans Day weekend called "Close Assault 1944" which is live action demonstrations of everything from Rifles to tanks and a battle at the end! Best yet it is the price:
F R E E !!

Visited December 2012
3 Thank Roger D
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Round Rock, Texas
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Muster Day”
Reviewed December 17, 2012

Located inside of Camp Mabry.
Lots to do and really interesting artifacts.
It is worth the trip to see the working machinery.
Look in the paper to see when there are events going on - and they will have reenactments of various battles where Texas based divisions were involved.
Ours included Aircraft flyovers.

Visited October 2012
1 Thank gdubaus
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Sherman, Texas
Level 5 Contributor
73 reviews
33 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Excellent Military History Museum!”
Reviewed November 28, 2012

I am a fan of military history and this museum is well worth a visit for anyone to learn more about the roles played by Texas Divisions in defending our freedom. There are several exhibits containing the tanks and heavy artillery used in WWI & WWII. There is an excellent exhibit explaining the involvement of the 36th Division in the WWII campaigns through Italy, Southern France and Germany. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. One gentleman, who had grown up in France during the war years, shared some of his personal experiences. The museum is free to the public. Make sure you plan on at least 2 - 3 hours for the complete museum experience.

Visited November 2012
1 Thank mack15
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Spicewood, TX
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A hidden jewel on a busy highway”
Reviewed September 27, 2012

Anyone who has ever been stuck in MoPac traffic has seen this museum. I saw Camp Mabry beyond the chain link fence but did not realize until recently that there was a fascinating, free museum to visit there. Since 9/11, entrance is from 35th St. and adults show a photo ID to the guard at the gate. It's open 10-4 Wed. thru Sun. and well worth your time. Groups can arrange for guides and later hours. Take the kids! Nicely organized into time periods so you can come back if you don't see it all the first time — and there's a LOT to see! The military equipment on display inside is fascinating and includes such things as field kitchens, uniforms, tanks, guns and much more. http://www.texasmilitaryforcesmuseum.org/location.htm

Visited August 2012
1 Thank SaraLaredo
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