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The History Shop

Address: 713 East Houston Street, San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone Number: (210) 229-9855
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Ranked #30 of 340 things to do in San Antonio
Type: History museums, Museums
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Type: History museums, Museums
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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English first
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 NEW

Loved the History Shop. Definitely visit before going to the Alamo. Duke, the owner, answered all our questions and the audio story of the Alamo, told by Phil Collins (the singer) was wonderful. Duke let us in on a great little lounge with awesome happy hour prices too! (Earls)

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Dallas, Texas
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952 reviews 952 reviews
184 attraction reviews
326 helpful votes 326 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

Right outside the gates on Houston street from the Alamo is this shop. Best thing about it everything in side is forsale. Era correct guns and rifles that would of been used in the battle. Cool model of the Alamo grounds for an aerial view. Worth a walk through.

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San Antonio, Texas
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59 reviews 59 reviews
18 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This little shop is directly across Houston Street from the Alamo and has a to-scale replica of what the original Alamo Mission grounds were like. Well worth the visit!!

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75 reviews 75 reviews
8 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

This store is just across the street from the side of the Alamo. They sell old maps and other items. The real reason to visit here is the large diorama of the Mission. One gets a sense of the entire area involved in the Battle. It has a recorded program narrated by Phil Collins (yes THAT Phil Collins) who apparently... More 

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Spartanburg, South Carolina
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296 reviews 296 reviews
35 attraction reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

I also make time for this place every time I am in town. I have probably been here at least a dozen times. I love all the historical things and the diorama of the Alamo is worth every penny they charge. No trip to the Alamo is complete without stopping by here.

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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2015

Before going to 'The Alamo' Memorial - one should visit this shop. There is a large scale model of The Alamo and a narration of the events as occurred. All this helps prepare for the proper appreciation of the audacity and debit owed to those who defended the Mission. I found that I had a much better perspective of events... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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45 reviews 45 reviews
28 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

The History Shop is filled with old maps and muskets all ready for purchase in an old, small, boutique complete with an excavation site in the middle of it. The current owner is housing the Phil Collin's narrated alamo battle diorama which is a large scale model of the alamo, overlaid with a short, but loving narration of the battle.... More 

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Clinton Township, Michigan
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

What a great place to visit after the Alamo. Albert, the proprietor, was knowledgeable and interesting and filled in information that we did not get from the actual Alamo tour. The diorama and narration did a great job of describing historical events and demonstrating the size of the Alamo. The nominal fee ($5) was worth every penny. Thank you Phil... More 

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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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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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