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Address: 713 East Houston Street, San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone Number: (210) 229-9855
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Great Introduction to the History of the Battle of the Alamo

I learned more about the Battle of the Alamo from the presentation at the History Shop than I had learned from numerous visits to the Alamo itself. The diorama of the Alamo and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2015
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Frisco, Texas

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Frisco, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015 NEW

I learned more about the Battle of the Alamo from the presentation at the History Shop than I had learned from numerous visits to the Alamo itself. The diorama of the Alamo and the narrated presentation shows the big picture of what happened over the course of the days leading up to the battle, the battle itself, and in its... More 

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Would have been great if we had gone here before going to the Alamo. Got a much better understanding of the history of the Alamo. The gentleman running the business was a wonderful source of knowledge. My children throughly enjoyed the visit. Ages 13, 11, and 8.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

You really need to visit this place before you go to the Alamo. The display of the Alamo along with the narrative gives you a better understanding of the area around the Alamo. What really makes this nice is the fact it is located right across the street from the Alamo.

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Frisco, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

This shop is a must visit when coming to San Antonio and the Alamo. There is a large scale model of the original Alamo compound (Mission San Antonio de Valero) as it appeared in March 1836. For $5, you can listen to a story narrated by pop icon Phil Collins (who is a huge Alamo supporter) that uses directed lights... More 

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Springdale, Arkansas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

We stopped here first before seeing the Alamo. The interactive light and sounds show was great! It really helped us better understand the history of the Alamo. The shop owner was very informative and interesting to visit with which really added to our visit. I would recommend going here first before going to the Alamo. There's a model of the... More 

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Richmond, Missouri
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Kind of dark inside and hard to find things to purchase, but we did find a great old book about Sam Houston.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

This is a _small_ shop dedicated to the Battle of the Alamo. There is a good diarama and some interesting weaponry (the latter is for sale but the prices are _collector_ prices). There is a 20 minute video (although we didn't view it due to time pressures). The gentleman who runs the shop is friendly and helpful. The shop is... More 

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Palm Coast, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Very reasonable admission fee of $5/ea to see the replica Alamo Mission and narrated explanation of the battle. This is a great preview before actually touring the Alamo which is across the street. They also have very old artifacts and guns that may be for sale. They have also excavated an area under the floor and found artifacts as the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

If you wanted a large(about 12 feet square)detailed diorama of The Alamo, complete with coordinated lights and commentary by Phil Collins indicating noteworthy people and locations and step by step commentary on the battle sequence then this place is a must see. Also here, you will find antique firearms and maps. Very helpful owner

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

This little shop has a very large model of the Alamo which was donated by Phil Collins,it costs $5 to listen to his narration of the battle,but it really makes you understand the conflict more as certain areas are highlighted when referred to.The model is pretty impressive,I left with a better understanding of the battle.The shop owner is friendly and... More 

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