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The History Shop

713 East Houston Street, San Antonio, TX 78205
(210) 229-9855
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Ranked #18 of 135 Attractions in San Antonio
Type: History Museums, Museums
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Type: History Museums, Museums
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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brisbane
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Thanks to Tripadvisor I knew to visit the History Shop first to listen to Phil Collin's narrative of the battle of The Alamo. It was the best thing we did, and once we crossed the road we could totally relate to everything we were seeing. At $5 it was money well spent.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Stop in and take the time to listen to the presentation of the Alamo history. After several days there we stumbled into the History Shop and it tied in the history of the Alamo in a scale model of the site as it was then. Highly recommend this stop!!

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Seal Beach, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

I stopped in because of the reviews from Trip Advisor and cannot agree more with the other visitors. I visited after seeing the Alamo itself and believe it's the best order in which to experience the two. Everyone I told back home I was going to see the Alamo said how small it is and they were right. However, then... More 

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Beaumont, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

If you go see the Alamo, you must stop by this shop and watch the light show. Narrated by Phil Collins, it was full of interesting information and shows what the fort would have looked like back then. It was definitely an added plus on the trip.

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Chicago, Illinois
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014 via mobile

Frankly, we were going to walk on by by a friend, who lives in San Antonio, said it was worth stopping in. He was so right. Presented with a diorama, and a narration by Phil Collins (!) that explains the battle, we came out with a much clearer explanation of what truly happened. The presentation costs $5 a person and... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2014

This shop is worth the visit. There is something for everyone here. Take home some Texas history for a souvenir that will stand the test of time.

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Sugar Land, Texas
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35 reviews 35 reviews
12 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

We went here after the Alamo and we are so glad we did. There is a huge replica of the Alamo and for $5 a person you can hear a 12 minute narration by Phil Collins about the grounds and the battle. Very informative and well worth the money. They also dug a hole in the middle of the store... More 

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

It is small, quaint and rather organic - but it adds everything to the Alamo experience (which was very small and very overstated). This brief, visual history lesson really adds to your Alamo visit. In fact - I would have left VERY disappointed had I not experienced this venue - which I only knew about because I had seen a... More 

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New York
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50 reviews 50 reviews
14 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

The archaeologist here is super nice and informative and the diorama show is certainly fine though not as spectacular as the reviews here would have you believe. I think if they added more color to the lights illuminating the diorama show and more sound effects it could be more dramatic. I could see paying $2.50 but not quite $5. The... More 

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Columbus Oh
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16 reviews 16 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

This is a nice little shop with a couple of strong reasons to visit. First, it has a wonderful diorama of the Alamo, along with an interesting and informative audio track. Second, you'll see an archeological dig beneath your feet. The price to see the diorama is $5. It's well worth that. The shop itself is small and of most... More 

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