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“Go before you visit the Alamo across the street” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The History Shop

The History Shop
Ranked #50 of 262 things to do in San Antonio
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Dallas, Texas
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37 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Go before you visit the Alamo across the street”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2013 via mobile

This is a must see. Go before you visit the Alamo to see the diorama of what the entire Alamo site looked like. Phil Collins, the rock star is part owner of the shop. He has the largest private collection of Alamo memorabilia and works with the Alamo and local historians. Check out the excavations that have been done under the shop through a plexiglass viewing window. The diorama was created by an author who was working on a history of the Alamo. Collins, according to the talk he gave which I attended, bought it to place in the shop because it was the most historically accurate created. The vintage documents and maps are fascinating as well.

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English first
Houston, Texas
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“A "must see" before visiting The Alamo”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013

The diorama (which is narrated by Phil Collins) gives you a great understanding of the events that took place at The Alamo. Also, they sell a wide variety of antique maps and weapons from all over the world. The History Shop should definitely be on your list of places to visit before The Alamo.

Visited November 2012
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Sunnyvale, California
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60 reviews
38 attraction reviews
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“Vintage Maps, Drawings, and Guns from Everywhere”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2012

Maps from all periods, from all US states, Europe, Japan and China. Few reproductions, all the genuine article (correspondingly expensive). A scale model of the Alamo as it was. Underground excavations. Don't miss this if you have a historic bone in your body.

Visited October 2012
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Amarillo, Texas
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57 reviews
35 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“Before the Alamo”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 4, 2012

This is a cool place that has a huge diarama that puts everything into perspective. It is wise to visit here first to see how everything was situated, then on to the Alamo and see it full scale.

Visited November 2012
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Berea, Kentucky
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30 attraction reviews
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“Visit with Jim Guimarin and Phil Collins before you go the the Alamo”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 5, 2012 via mobile

Just completed a walk and a talk with historian Jim Guimarin, Owner of The History Shop. His 12 minute Phil Collins narration of the battle of the Alamo with a 3D model is worth the price od admission. Also, check out his wide variety of antique and historical maps.

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