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“Must Do Before Alamo!” 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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11 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Must Do Before Alamo!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 March 2014 via mobile

Amazing experience with a rich base of Alamo History. I highly recommend stopping here before going to the Alamo. You should definitely spend some time with the curator as he was very knowledgeable about events leading up to the battle and the subsequent Goliad battle which led up to the obliteration of Santa Ana's army and reign. Be sure to view the interactive battlefield presentation narrated by Phil Collins...

Visited March 2014
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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“The History Shop - Great addition to visiting the Alamo”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2014

The model of the Alamo here is huge and really helps you understand what it was like in the past. This store did not open as early as it was scheduled to, so I had to come back later.

Visited January 2014
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San Antonio, Texas
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“Go here before the Alamo!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2014 via mobile

This was great! Worth the $5 to hear Phil Collins narrate the battle in a coordinated light show on a diorama of The Alamo. This will give you a better perspective of the battle than anything you hear or see at the Alamo.

If you are a history buff, then this is a must stop and see. The maps, books, and antique firearms are worth a look and a purchase. They even have a small dig on sight. After all, the property was part of the battle site.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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“Greater Perspective about the Battle at the Alamo”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2013

What a treat! I wandered into this shop by accident because I admired some artifacts at the nearby Crockett Hotel. A sign indicated the artifacts were provided by The History Shop, just out the door of the hotel. One step inside this small store, and I knew I had to keep good track of my time and money, because I would have been perfectly happy to admire and study all of the antique books, maps, weapons, artifacts, and other items. Likewise I could have purchased several artifacts for collections, but I limited myself to one small but lovely item.

If you're not into collecting, however, pony up $5 and watch the brief but informative exhibit and explanation of the Battle at the Alamo. Singer Phil Collins is an Alamo buff, and he explains details about the battle while sections of the exhibit are lit up to give greater perspective on the entire battle. Later that day I found the places that were the focus of the exhibit, and I was surprised to see so many other people walking past and ignoring these important sites from the battle.

Another unique feature in this small shop is a view into a dig beneath the floor. Everywhere in Alamo Plaza was part of the bloody battle, so I'm surprised that more businesses haven't done this kind of excavation. It was more than informative, it helped to put everything else I learned about the battle into perspective.

It may not matter if you visit before or after you go through the Alamo, but for history buffs, plan to spend at least an hour -- or more.

Visited December 2013
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Killeen, Texas
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“Alamo Model is well worth the view ”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2013 via mobile

Downtown on a busy street and tucked in with the hotels and restaurants.
Can you picture the Alamo??

IF you "just can't see it". Then this large model of the Alamo what you need.
It gives a great to get the perspective to what was.

Narrated by Phil Collins, the 10 minute light and sound show highlighting the diorama is worth the requested "donation" of $5.00.

Antique fire arms and maps are also available for purchase.
No admission charge.

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