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The History Shop

713 E Houston St, San Antonio, TX 78205-2023
+1 210-229-9855
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History Galore

The owner of this shop had lots of maps for sale, historic items and books for sale. There is also... read more

Reviewed 16 August 2017
Kristi L
Closed for Biz

My Wife and I wanted to check this place out after reading reviews that were only a few months old... read more

Reviewed 20 April 2017
Lynn F
Tacoma, Washington
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713 E Houston St, San Antonio, TX 78205-2023
+1 210-229-9855
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Reviewed 16 August 2017

The owner of this shop had lots of maps for sale, historic items and books for sale. There is also a plexi-glass covered hole where they excavated remains from the battle of the Alamo.

Thank Kristi L
Reviewed 20 April 2017

My Wife and I wanted to check this place out after reading reviews that were only a few months old. Well its located just behind the Alamo but we were diapppointed in finding it closed. The sign was taken down and it looked abandoned.

4  Thank Lynn F
Reviewed 11 April 2017 via mobile

This place is gone or else it has relocated. We tried to visit, but when we found the building it was vacant and the sign for the shop was removed.

2  Thank Susan H
Reviewed 11 November 2016

Our tour guide recommended this shop for its historic maps, weaponry and its history. Shop owner is very keen to give you as much information as you choose. Diorama donated by Phil Collins with its narration should be viewed before visiting the Alamo. Well worth...More

Thank Lee A
Reviewed 23 October 2016

Old maps, antique weapons, and a diorama of The Alamo, narrated by Phil Collins. We bought an 1838 original map of NJ. Owner was very knowledgable.

Thank Bobbie_and_John_Z
Reviewed 26 September 2016

We were very pleased we followed the advice of others here and visited the History Shop before visiting the Alamo. Owner was very knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the subject. We'd have spent much more time at the Alamo if we hadn't gone to the shop....More

Thank KathyP1963
Reviewed 25 September 2016

Finally got to visit the History Shop. It has a lot of history you may not get when you visit The Alamo. They have a diorama donated by Phil Collins and with the narration gives a great perspective of the battle of the Alamo. There...More

Thank Bucklesplus
Reviewed 18 September 2016

This is a little gem worth every penny. Besides selling maps, books and artefacts this has a scaled model of The Alamo. The owner narrates the history of the battle and for a small fee there is a narrative by the rock star Phil Collins...More

Thank davinci66
Reviewed 12 September 2016

The gentleman running The History Shop was very friendly and tried very hard to get our $5 to listen to the story of the Alamo. It was an old, old book shop ready to be a fire hazard. It has a large model of the...More

Thank kjones2030
Reviewed 3 September 2016

The History Shop is a great stop if you like history. Al is an excellent conveyor of information on the events leading up to, during and after the Battle of the Alamo. The twelve minute Phil Collins light show is very good too. I easily...More

Thank Frank Y
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