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The History Shop

713 East Houston Street, San Antonio, TX 78205
(210) 229-9855
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Ranked #24 of 190 attractions in San Antonio
Type: History Museums
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27 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

We took friends here in March and April of 2014. The Phil Collins narration of the battle at The Alamo, which is illustrated on a very large diorama, sets the scene for you when you walk the Alamo grounds. Everyone agrees that a visit to The History Shop was well worth the $5 fee to hear the story.

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Tyler, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Our first stop on a day devoted to the history of San Antonio was The History Shop. This little store owned by the singer Phil Collins sells antique maps, documents, weapons, etc. Its claim to fame is a huge model of the Alamo under glass with an account of the battle narrated by Phil Collins, an Alamo history buff. As... More

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Dallas, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014 via mobile

Amazing experience with a rich base of Alamo History. I highly recommend stopping here before going to the Alamo. You should definitely spend some time with the curator as he was very knowledgeable about events leading up to the battle and the subsequent Goliad battle which led up to the obliteration of Santa Ana's army and reign. Be sure to... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

The model of the Alamo here is huge and really helps you understand what it was like in the past. This store did not open as early as it was scheduled to, so I had to come back later.

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

This was great! Worth the $5 to hear Phil Collins narrate the battle in a coordinated light show on a diorama of The Alamo. This will give you a better perspective of the battle than anything you hear or see at the Alamo. If you are a history buff, then this is a must stop and see. The maps, books,... More

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013

What a treat! I wandered into this shop by accident because I admired some artifacts at the nearby Crockett Hotel. A sign indicated the artifacts were provided by The History Shop, just out the door of the hotel. One step inside this small store, and I knew I had to keep good track of my time and money, because I... More

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Killeen, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

Downtown on a busy street and tucked in with the hotels and restaurants. Can you picture the Alamo?? IF you "just can't see it". Then this large model of the Alamo what you need. It gives a great to get the perspective to what was. Narrated by Phil Collins, the 10 minute light and sound show highlighting the diorama is... More

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Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2013 via mobile

This is one of the most unique stores I've ever been in. They have a large selection of original documents and antique pieces that you could purchase,but the most interesting thing is the actual history in the shop. there's a huge diorama of the Alamo as it stood before the battle. There is a portion of the floor where they've... More

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013 via mobile

For $5 per person, you can hear Phil Collins narrate the events of that fateful morning on a large scale replica of the mission- well worth it as it's very nicely done. The people who run the shop are very friendly and knowledgable and the smaller setting allows for more discussion. Lots of great maps from pre-1900 to peruse and... More

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2013 via mobile

The model exhibit here is far superior to the Alamo plus Duke is there to provide his twist on Alamo history. Nice collection of 19th century guns and knives that are authentic not reproductions. Interesting light and sound presentation narrated by Phil Collins. Thank you Duke.

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