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Address: 713 East Houston Street, San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone Number: (210) 229-9855
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Stop here first before touring the Alamo

Very reasonable admission fee of $5/ea to see the replica Alamo Mission and narrated explanation of the battle. This is a great preview before actually touring the Alamo which is... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
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Palm Coast, Florida

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Palm Coast, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Very reasonable admission fee of $5/ea to see the replica Alamo Mission and narrated explanation of the battle. This is a great preview before actually touring the Alamo which is across the street. They also have very old artifacts and guns that may be for sale. They have also excavated an area under the floor and found artifacts as the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

If you wanted a large(about 12 feet square)detailed diorama of The Alamo, complete with coordinated lights and commentary by Phil Collins indicating noteworthy people and locations and step by step commentary on the battle sequence then this place is a must see. Also here, you will find antique firearms and maps. Very helpful owner

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Dundee, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

This little shop has a very large model of the Alamo which was donated by Phil Collins,it costs $5 to listen to his narration of the battle,but it really makes you understand the conflict more as certain areas are highlighted when referred to.The model is pretty impressive,I left with a better understanding of the battle.The shop owner is friendly and... More 

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

Come see a very large, very detailed diorama of the original Alamo grounds and surrounding area. Treat yourself to the narrated presentation by Phil Collins (yes, the singer) which includes a detailed description of the buildings in the Alamo mission and how the attack took place on the morning of March 6, 1836. The staff there is very friendly and... More 

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

See this museum before the Alamo!! It doesn't look like much, and you may mistake it for a tourist shop, but this place is far from it. Small museum with artifacts and a complete history/diorama of the most famous battle in Texas. Excellent educational place for the true history buff, or just something really cool to see for ten minutes.... More 

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Dover, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

This is a must visit if you go to the Alamo. It has a 36 foot model of the Battle that was donated by Phil Collins and narrated by him. It puts the Battle in perspective and allows you to picture the Alamo in 1836. The owner is very nice. Spend the $5.00 and go!

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Arlington, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

The Alamo is worth visiting, but the site does a poor job explaining the context of the battle and why it occurred. We visited this little history shop behind the Alamo and they have a great diorama that with a narration by Phil Collins that does a good job explaining the battle, the host at the shop provided even more... More 

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Tipton, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

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
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 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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Additional Information about The History Shop

Address: Address: 713 East Houston Street, San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone Number: (210) 229-9855
Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  San Antonio
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

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