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The History Shop

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Address: 713 E Houston St, San Antonio, TX 78205-2023
Phone Number: (210) 229-9855
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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A Hidden Treasure Close by the Alamo

Across the street from the Alamo, this tiny shop is easy to miss. I've passed by it many times over the years but finally went inside recently with my granddaughters and we all... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
San Antonio, Texas
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San Antonio, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Across the street from the Alamo, this tiny shop is easy to miss. I've passed by it many times over the years but finally went inside recently with my granddaughters and we all loved it. There's an archeological dig right in the middle of the store and the friendly, well informed manager explained the significance of the visible artifacts encased... More 

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Berlin Heights, Ohio, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When I first visited I didn't know what the store was about, you walk in this long narrow hallway and think, 'should I enter this?" SO GLAD I DID, the hall is narrow due to a wall which was built to accommodate the best display of the entire Alamo grounds at the time of battle ; donated by the famous... More 

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Lewisville, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited the Alamo and then the History Shop. Great little shop. Small dig site and Lights and Sound Alamo display were very well done. My teenagers enjoyed it too. Very nice man running the place. He was very knowledgable about all thing Alamo.

Thank Amyswrld2011
Mill Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016

This little hole in the wall shop is fascinating and fun and will make your visit to the Alamo much more enjoyable. This store sells antique maps and guns, but stop in to see the 12ish x 12ish foot replica of the Alamo and pay for the 12 minute audio tour that gives you the history of the site and... More 

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El Paso, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016

There is a large display of the ALAMO and Michael Collins does a voice over explaining the battle and key movements. It really helped us visualize! Recommend doing this before visiting the Alamo! It was about $5 a person! Cool little shop!

Thank Megan E
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2016 via mobile

When visiting the Alamo, you should also visit The History Shop. It's a small shop adjacent to the Alamo that has a very large diorama if the original Alamo and a tour narrated by Phil Collins. He is one of the most profound Alamo historians and artifact collector of Alamo memorabilia in the world. Aside from this narration at the... More 

Thank Ed K
Nottingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

You really do have to visit this little shop. It has a fantastic model of the Alamo and also a covered archaeological dig showing the Alamo remains. Pay a visit before going to the Alamo, it has great detail and will help you understand exactly what happened and when.

Thank Gary P
Gurnee, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2016

The shop is small, but the main focus is the model of the Alamo before the battle started. For $5, you can hear the singer Phil Collins of Genesis narrate you the story behind the Alamo. Apparently, he is a huge fan of the Alamo and invested millions of dollars into obtaining Alamo memorabilia and bought the rights to the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

This is a very unassuming stop but one with a big impact. The $5 cost to watch and listen to the presentation is well worth it. The guide is very knowledgeable and super willing to share . A must see before or after visiting the Alamo.

Thank Anita D
Aberdeen, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016

Across the street from the ALAMO, in a very unassuming storefront on Houston Street, is a tiny, tiny shop called The History Shop. The proprietor (Al) sells (and frames, original historical documents (such as maps, photos, etc.) But Al is quite the character himself; if you can get him alone, he will regale you with all sorts of stories about... More 

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