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Address: 713 East Houston Street, San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone Number: (210) 229-9855
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BEFORE entering the Alamo

This little shop sits just across the street from the N. side of the Alamo, right beside the huge Emily Hotel. It's a large, incredibly detailed diorama and narration of the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
Wade B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

This little shop sits just across the street from the N. side of the Alamo, right beside the huge Emily Hotel. It's a large, incredibly detailed diorama and narration of the battle for the Alamo. Paid for and narrated by the musician, Phil Collins. $5 per person and well worth it.

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Springdale, Arkansas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

One small hallway leads you back to the one main room. If you have a personality like mine, you feel slightly guilty if you walk in to the main room and then do not stay and pay the $5 to listen to the oration of the Alamo. It is only 12 min. long and it was well promoted by folks... More 

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Fairbanks, Alaska
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Quaint map/collectibles shop with a Diorama of the Alamo, complete with narrated account by Phil Collins. Shop owner very knowledgeable and interesting to talk to. The model shows the Alamo site as it was, so you get a much better perspective of the battle and of the site as it exists today.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I live in San Antonio and had some extra time to kill before work. Always passed by this place but never stopped. Finally went inside and its was pretty cool! The have an actually archaeological dig encased in glass on the floor of the store. Along with that they have antique guns and knives used in the time period. They... More 

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Purvis, Mississippi
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27 reviews 27 reviews
7 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

My husband loves history and really enjoyed our visit here. I had read about this place on Trip Advisor and looked for it when we arrived at the Alamo Plaza. If you are facing the Alamo mission front, walk around to the left side of the outside wall to see a small white sign that says "The History Shop." We... More 

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Pineville, Missouri
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Not the most exciting place ever but for $5 you can see Diorama that Phil Collins donated to the Alamo. Good 12 minute presentation.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

So glad I read TA reviews-- took my 10 and 8 yo and we really enjoyed touring this little shop. Loved the Alamo diorama and be sure to pay the $5 to get the audio tour. Enjoyed speaking to the gentleman working there-- he was very knowledgable and interesting to talk about Texas history. Definitely worth the stop!

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Everett, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

You have to see tids before you even see the Alamo. The proprietor is very knowledgeable and the model of the Alamo with the talk give you a good picture of the time period. Great artifacts and maps.

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Beaumont, Texas, United States
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6 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 via mobile

Family visited the history shop today and couldn't believe what we have been missing when visiting the Alamo. The shop has a great model of the complete site of the Alamo with a show that tells you about the history. Also has great antique maps and artifacts for sale. Even has a part of a dig with artifacts in the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

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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