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The History Shop

713 East Houston Street, San Antonio, TX 78205
(210) 229-9855
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Ranked #27 of 200 Attractions in San Antonio
Type: History Museums
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New Orleans, Louisiana
11 reviews 11 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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14 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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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Houston, Texas
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The history shop was an unexpected surprise. Across from the Alamo on Houston St, this little shop (very little) sells a lot of old maps and memorabilia. The BEST part of the shop, though, is a large model of the Alamo complete with light show and narration by Phil Collins. Don't leave without talking with one of the restoration guys!... More

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Hays, Kansas
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118 reviews 118 reviews
24 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014 via mobile

This is a GREAT "must do" stop before visiting the Alamo!!! Located directly across the street from the Alamo entrance. The History Shop is a very small place, so large groups won't be comfortable here. Groups of 4-6 are about the largest. The man who runs this place will start by giving a history lesson on a real "dig" site... More

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Wauconda, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2014

The history shop is definitely worth a stop before you get to the Alamo. It's got a lot of great information, history, and that diorama of the whole entire view of the Alamo. it gives you a very nice perspective and history before you actually get to the physical Alamo. The gentleman who is curator there is extremely helpful and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

I can't agree more with previous reviewers...go here first! It will put you in the mood for your actual visit to the Alamo just across the street. You will be encouraged to walk around the diorama exhibit during the presentation by the friendly, knowledgable curator. The $5 admission is a great deal. In addition, there are antique maps, weapons, and... More

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harrisburg pa
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21 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

In these days of IMAX and other technological history lessons, this was a throwback. Tiny shop filled with a diorama of the battle of Alamo. We were the first two visitors of the morning and the Curator spent a good 30 min with us personally answering all our questions. You can see the excavation in the floor. A bit old... More

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Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
33 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
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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Saint Croix Falls, Wisconsin
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13 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
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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