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The History Shop

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Address: 713 East Houston Street, San Antonio, TX 78205
Phone Number: (210) 229-9855
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Nice antiques and Maps

The best part of stopping at the Alamo was leaving and finding this place, I bought 2 old maps pre-1850 and the young lady was very helpful...

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 4, 2016
Colchester, Connecticut

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Colchester, Connecticut
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65 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

The best part of stopping at the Alamo was leaving and finding this place, I bought 2 old maps pre-1850 and the young lady was very helpful...

Thank 22garylee
Excelsior Springs, Missouri
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44 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2015

The information we gained here enriched our visit to the Alamo. So much history packed in to this tiny little shop.

1 Thank Jerri C
Perth, Western Australia
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179 reviews
92 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2015

This place is opposite the Alamo and has a diorama that explains the battle of the Alamo beautifully. Visit here before seeing the Alamo for a better understanding of what happened and why. Highly recommend.

Thank WA_trekkers
Belleair Beach, FL
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123 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

We took the advise of other reviewers and visited this small store first. It's $5 per person to hear Phil Collins narrate the story of the battle at the Alamo. It was worth it! The shop also is very interesting.

Thank jackieh8
Hollywood, Florida
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840 reviews
540 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 193 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2015

Great shops, to see U.S history and Texas history. The maps are amazing how the US just to be. Maps are for sale upon request. $5.00 for museum.

Thank lalocadr19
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30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015 via mobile

This was much better than the actual Alamo The young lady in here told us a lot more about the actual battle and we were able to get an actual feel for true size of the Alamo grounds. Everyone MUST visit here.

Thank KFB0818
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197 reviews
130 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

The History Shop is a small place next to The Alamo that sells some pretty cool historic maps. The reason to go though, is for the Alamo diorama that is on loan from Phil Collins. For a few bucks, you get a cool little show of the diorama with narration by Phil. The owner is was terrific as well. Real... More 

1 Thank swearengen
Tokyo, Japan
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99 reviews
71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

Located next to the Alamo, this little shop has a diorama of the Alamo. Phil Collins’ recorded story tells the battles leading up to Alamo on a recording. Old guns, flags and books are displayed. The owner is a true history buff as his family roots are tied to the architect who designed Mission San Josè. If you enjoy Texas... More 

1 Thank Joy M
Corpus Christi, Texas
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45 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

We were on a Segway tour and our tour guide took us for a quick visit to this little shop across from the back side of the Alamo. If you are a history buff (and if you are in this part of San Antonio, you have to be a least somewhat interested!) this is an amazing place. Definitely can't wait... More 

Thank sdj7770
Hobe Sound, FL, United States
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15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

I'd suggest this place to anyone wanting a little more history on the Alamo. Neat diorama with narration of the battle by Phil Collins with lights depicting the various stages of attack. The owner is a wealth of history and interesting facts. We had a great time.

Thank Michael T

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