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The History Shop

713 East Houston Street, San Antonio, TX 78205
(210) 229-9855
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Ranked #22 of 204 Attractions in San Antonio
Type: History Museums
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Beaumont, Texas
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

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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3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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
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23 reviews 23 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
39 helpful votes 39 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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3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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Houston, Texas
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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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25 attraction reviews
117 helpful votes 117 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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