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Address: 713 East Houston Street, San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone Number: (210) 229-9855
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I wouldn't have known about this little place unless I stumbled upon it doing some pre-trip research on TripAdvisor. I happen to really enjoy old maps so this was my first reason... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 16, 2015
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Finlayson, Minnesota, United States
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Tipton, Indiana
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Spend the $5 to see Phil Collin's Diorama display in the shop and hear the narration of the Battle at the Alamo. It will give you a warm up in history before you go to see the Alamo. The rest of the shop has historical items for sale, which I wasn't interested in or could afford, but history buffs would... More 

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Finlayson, Minnesota, United States
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

I wouldn't have known about this little place unless I stumbled upon it doing some pre-trip research on TripAdvisor. I happen to really enjoy old maps so this was my first reason for visiting there, but was also intrigued by others talking about "Phil Collins narrating about the Alamo events via a very large diorama". Yes it is THAT Phil... More 

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Texas
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46 reviews 46 reviews
15 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Our visit to the Alamo was made much better because we stopped at the History Shop first. The man there gave a very enlightening presentation of the battle using a detailed replica of the Fort. The replica was about 10 by 10 foot with lights and audio from Phil Collins (the singer is also a historian) There is a fee... More 

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North Andover, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

I agree with the prior reviewer who suggested going here BEFORE visiting the Alamo! The owner of this shop is a gem. He is friendly, knowledgeable and so willing to answer questions. I took my 2 kids here (7 and 14) and they both found it interesting. It helped them (and me) understand the significance of the Alamo. The diorama... More 

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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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61 reviews 61 reviews
20 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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
17 helpful votes 17 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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260 reviews 260 reviews
98 attraction reviews
142 helpful votes 142 helpful votes
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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