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“A -MUST SEE- Stop Before The Alamo!”
Review of The History Shop

The History Shop
Ranked #66 of 266 things to do in San Antonio
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Reviewed June 21, 2014

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 inside the store featuring shot, cannonballs, knives, arrowheads, etc. Be sure to ask as many questions as you have because he is a wealth of knowledge!

The highlight is finding a spot to stand around the hand made model replica of the Alamo, set up in the adjoining room. This huge detailed model comes to life as it's owner (Phil Collins...yes the singer/drummer) narrates the story of the Alamo complete with pin point lighting and sounds.

This is VERY well done and a MUST DO before you walk across the street to visit the real thing.

The History Shop is build on top of real history! You should not miss this stop.

Allow 20-30 min for this tour, depending on the number of questions given to your guide.

6  Thank jhaleyusa
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Reviewed June 19, 2014 via mobile

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 has tons of information for those who have lots of questions.

Thank Ladybug25614
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Reviewed June 12, 2014

I can't agree more with previous reviewers...go here first! It will put you in the mood for your actual visit to the Alamo just across the street. You will be encouraged to walk around the diorama exhibit during the presentation by the friendly, knowledgable curator. The $5 admission is a great deal. In addition, there are antique maps, weapons, and books to browse. My 12 and 14 year old sons enjoyed this more than the Alamo itself, I think.

2  Thank Lisa R
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Reviewed May 28, 2014

In these days of IMAX and other technological history lessons, this was a throwback. Tiny shop filled with a diorama of the battle of Alamo. We were the first two visitors of the morning and the Curator spent a good 30 min with us personally answering all our questions. You can see the excavation in the floor. A bit old fashioned, but well worth the $5 and be sure to see it BEFORE you go to the Alamo...it gives you some perspective.

2  Thank Angie T
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Reviewed April 11, 2014

We took friends here in March and April of 2014. The Phil Collins narration of the battle at The Alamo, which is illustrated on a very large diorama, sets the scene for you when you walk the Alamo grounds. Everyone agrees that a visit to The History Shop was well worth the $5 fee to hear the story.

4  Thank Vintagepair
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