The Alamo Mission (Spanish: Misión de Álamo), commonly called the Alamo and originally known as the Misión San Antonio de Valero, is a historic Spanish mission and fortress compound founded in the 18th century by Roman Catholic missionaries in what is now San Antonio, Texas, United States. It was the site of the Battle of the Alamo in 1836, where American folk heroes James Bowie and Davy Crockett died. Today it is a museum in the Alamo Plaza Historic District and a part of the San Antonio Missions World Heritage Site.
The historic district was one of the early Spanish missions in Texas, built for the education of local American Indians after their conversion to Christianity. The mission was secularized in 1793 and then abandoned. Ten years later, it became a fortress housing the Second Flying Company of San Carlos de Parras military unit, who likely gave the mission the name Alamo. During the Texas Revolution, Mexican General Martín Perfecto de Cos surrendered the fort to the Texian Army in December 1835, following the Siege of Béxar. A relatively small number of Texian soldiers then occupied the compound for several months. The defenders were wiped out at the Battle of the Alamo on March 6, 1836. As the Mexican Army retreated from Texas several months later, they tore down many of the Alamo walls and burned some of the buildings.
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J F | Feb 18, 2018
An iconic historical site in the middle of downtown San Antonio. You read about it as a kid and still get fascinated as an adult. If you like Texas history, you have to come and visit the Alamo. Granted it is only part of the original fort, but seeing it in person is like going back in time. They have authentic weapons, artifacts, and replicated items to show. Not only do you learn about our Texas heroes, but you will also learn about Mexican heritage, as well as about the original purpose of the Spanish built church. There's nice little gift shop at the end of the self-guided tour for the young and old kids alike. If you haven't been here, it's a definite stop you have to make to understand what Texas is all about.
Spectacular Insanity | Jan 12, 2018
I went to the Alamo back in October 2017 while I was in San Antonio visiting my Girlfriend. She took me after I requested to see if because of my love of U.S. History so this was one place we had to go see. The location is in a vary busy part of town with the river walk mall not to far off from the Alamo itself. Now the Alamo its self had a huge amount of people there and even so its vary well maintained grounds and vary clean. The staff there was all super friendly and helpful. walking into the church there they have a no photography policy inside. Its big and vary well maintained vary beautiful and has this air to it that makes you stop and think. The grounds also have a small garden inside that you can walk around in and they do have coy fish that was my first time seeing them and wow they are vary large. All and all I say go see this place if for nothing else then the historic value. Texas history is as big as the state and this was a place I was glad to visit. I do play on going there again and getting a guided tour to learn more about it. I have recommended it to friends and family and cant wait to see it again.
Bruce Reid | Feb 18, 2018
It was amazing to finally visit this historic landmark. To see all the exhibits and get a better understanding of what happened here was exciting. The displays, the tours were well done. And take the time to look at the wonderful tree inside. Silly I know, but look at it from all angles. It is an incredible specimen.
David Stone | Feb 28, 2018
Great historical site in downtown San Antonio. Full of great American History and legendary American hero's. No to be missed if you are ever in San Antonio. Plus, don't miss all the markers around the square showing were historical actions took place! Without the Alamo, the United State would have been a much different country. Way to stand up America!
Dane Kappler | Jan 3, 2018
Well preserved, and friendly staff. Guides are useful, but not critical. Actors for reenactments are great story tellers. Crowded. My children loved it. Don't miss the other missions too. They're close by and tours are free. You can park at other missions and bicycle between them on a rental bicycle for cheap. Otherwise, try parking outside the downtown area and ride the bus for cheap.
Hunter Bloch | Mar 21, 2018
Very nice historic experience. Touring the grounds was free when I went and the information available was very interesting and concise. It was extremely crowded when I was there, but it was also a school holiday so it may be better when school is in session. I recommend sitting in on one of the videos they have around the site. It brings together a lot of the other items on display.
Russell Roy Tritico | Mar 27, 2018
Amazing piece of Texas history. This place is crowded on weekends and holidays but really is worth it. The grounds are well kept. They have a very knowledgeable staff sometimes outfitted in authentic historical clothing. It is a good place for the whole family to learn about Texas history. They even have a free movie about the story of the Alamo.
Ryan Homburg | Mar 11, 2018
Cool place that every Texan should go see! We didn't go inside the Alamo because the line was wrapping around the street (Saturday during spring break) but there are plenty of things you can do for free at the Alamo. Lots of knowledgeable people putting on demonstrations and there are some good exhibits. There are also some interesting museums, shops and the River Walk all located next to the Alamo! A great place to spend the day.
Michelle Henderson | Mar 13, 2018
The Alamo was amazing. The guy working in the museum walked around asking if people had questions and then answered their questions about the different time periods of the Alamo's history. I really likes he didn't just stand in a corner waiting for someone to come ask a question. I wish they would allow pictures to be taken inside the Chapel but I understand and why they have to keep some of the areas fenced off too is understandable. I would go again since there is so much information to read.
Spencer marchmon | Apr 25, 2018
I have lived here in San Antonio for years and had never visited The Alamo, that all changed today!! I am so impressed by the beauty and history involved. The grounds of the mission are very well taken care of and clean. The staff all have a great knowledge of the history and are also very friendly. Did I mention this is all FREE?! They work off of donations and money made in the gift shop so don't forget, buy a trinket and enjoy this beautiful landmark!
Robert Wright | May 2, 2018
I loved finally getting to go inside and look around at this historical mission that became the location of such a battle. Just wish they'd ease up on the Photography, because a Cell Phone isn't going to hurt anything and or a normal DSLR, just tell them absolutely no flash and nothing can go wrong. And as well No Tripod. Hell they could offer a Photographer's Tour of the place just for that kind of a visit. Other than that, I had a great time and it was neat to see the Church. Just watch out for the prices of the Gift Shop, they can get quite pricey on stuff.
William Rodriguez | Apr 26, 2018
The Alamo is possibly the most popular historical site in Texas. The museum has a great deal of memorabilia froom the Alamo and surrounding areas. If you are a history buff you'll probably have a great time looking through the displays at the Alamo, though I would mention that it's also not a particularly big place, and there's not all that much to see, so you'll probably be in and out in an hour or less even when it's busy. If you're interested in visiting a quick tourist stop, it's definitely worth checking out. Note that I took off a star because there apparently isn't really a basement in the Alamo.
Mike Patton | May 3, 2018
It was so great getting to take my wife to a place that is so special to me. We are history, nature, and National Park buffs and the Alamo is filled with so much history. The kids all have the National Park Passports and love getting them stamped. Park Rangers are always so helpful and friendly. If you're anywhere near San Antonio i strongly recommend a visit to The Alamo!
Becky Adams | Apr 25, 2018
We were close to the area, so we visited the Alamo. It does not take long to tour the park, and there is a lot to learn that you may not have realized. If you go early in the morning you can find free parking, and it is not too crowded. It has been exceptionally maintained. The reason I only scored 3 stars is because it's such a short tour, but well worth the stop if you are near. I would not drive a long distance just to see the Alamo.
Bob Lawton | Jun 3, 2018
I've been here several times and always find the location weird, as it feels like the Alamo should still be isolated. Instead, it's surrounded by tourist traps and a shopping mall. That said, it is amazingly well preserved and a testament to a lot of hard work that it can still tell it's story in a very emotional way. I love to come here to remember the history of Texas and our country. The tourist stuff is fun and helps fill the time, but remember the Alamo!
Laurel Hoffman | May 14, 2018
We really enjoyed this place. The history was rich and interesting to learn about. As a family we appreciated that it was free to experience and share with our children. We wish that it was as well preserved as the missions were given that it's history was so vast. It's definitely a Texas must see experience. The gift shop was really nice as well. Something we would have appreciated seeing would be more artifacts on display inside the rooms maybe... Cannons, rifles, living essentials, religious items. Things to better enrich understanding of what it was like to live and defend such an incredible structure throughout history. Maybe some items belonging to the famous commanders. These things would have made it with a longer visit. We will definitely return with friends and family though.
Daniel Cerda | May 20, 2018
First off I thought it was in the middle of a desert for some reason, it is in fact the opposite! Very easy to miss if you're driving and don't know what to look for. It's a pretty small place but it has some pretty good photo ops! It was pretty packed when I was there because of tourists and an air Force graduation had just finished but it was still a very nice vibe over here. It is close to the river walk and main Street with all the restaurants and hotels.
Catherine Teague | May 31, 2018
While it was a holiday weekend and the temps rising, the line to enter the Alamo moved quickly. The signage has improved tremendously since my last visit and helps tell the story on the grounds. Can't wait for the improvements to get underway so you have a better sense of where the battle took place. Feel like it will also help visitors understand that this place is sacred for many reasons.
Matthew Booher | May 19, 2018
First of all, the Alamo is a free attraction! We had a great time learning the history of the Alamo. So many brave men fighting for Independence. Lots of history about how this area was settled. Great attractions for families and kids. We are not making men these days as these men were then. God Bless America and Texas.
Cody Blosberg | Jun 24, 2018
This was a very interesting place to visit while I was in San Antonio! The admission is free, however you can pay a little extra for headphones for the audio tour or a guided tour. The audio tour was well worth it and very beneficial, I can't speak to the guided tour but if you're able to catch one I'd imagine it would be even better! Great piece of history and fascinating to see and learn about in person. You can easily spend a few hours here viewing the different buildings and reading about everything.
Brian | Jul 12, 2018
I remember reading one review. It said. You don't visit Paris without stopping by the Eiffel Tower. You don't go to San Antonio without visiting the Alamo. Great advice. Remember it. You could spend an easy 1-2 hours here. Amazing history. It is free as well. If you want the guided audio tour then expect to pay some money. Your a block away from the Riverwalk with plentiful places to eat. Shopping all down Travis Street as well as exhibits and attractions alike. Enjoy!
Malana Bracht | Jun 18, 2018
Very fun! Went in May and it was a little hot but we did the walking tour and the audio. I had my one year old toddler in a stroller and she did great. There are stairs that were difficult inside of the church to get the stroller through, but other than that it was easy. There are not many places cheap to eat downtown and parking is very hard to find in the evening. During the day it is easy to find close parking but you pay for it.
John Briggs | Jul 7, 2018
Amazing self guided tour. Do it at your own pace. Start and stop where you want if you want to rest, let big qroups by, or to look a little longer at artifacts. I really enjoyed the tour. The gift shop was very large with a lot of different memorabilia to buy at reasonable prices.
str8 shtr | Jun 26, 2018
4 stars for the minimal visual impact of the inside of the mission, but 5+ stars for the significance and the reverence shown for the role this place and it's defenders played. The inside does not have a lot of information and things to see; you could be underwhelmed if expecting a lot. Suggest anyone see the movie and know the history of the battle and the war before going in, then you can appreciate the surroundings through 1836 eyes. The garden surrounding the mission is enjoyable just on its own. Note: no photos allowed inside out of respect.
J Furman | Aug 9, 2018
Kudos to the city of San Antonio and largely the State of Texas for kindly NOT overly-monetizing this wonderful, historic site. The staff are incredibly patient and knowledgeable. Especially about obscure history. I also appreciate the signs posted stating "This is a place of solemn reflection, please be respectful of the church and grounds". I'm sure a great number of young people don't understand the significance of the location. I encourage those that hope to visit the site, educate themselves on the events that transpired there. It'd certainly help one to enjoy it more fully and explain what the cost of freedom truly is.
Nichole Clayman | Aug 9, 2018
A fascinating piece of history. This museum has been designed extremely well. The layout is spacious so even with large crowds you don't feel like you're in a cattle drive. The outdoor courtyards and spaces make it relaxing and allow for some peaceful rest in between tours, shows, and lots of reading. There are headsets available at a cost for personal use as you explore, but one suggestion is to just stand near a tour group and listen in on the fascinating information provided by the tour guides.😉 I learned so much more here than the bits of information provided in school. Suggestions: wear good walking shoes, bring water, take your time reading all of the information, and unwind afterward on the River Walk!
Erica Bennett | Jul 28, 2018
Still a great place after all these years! Such a touching story. They have done some restoration that is really cool! There is a great area with a little gift shop and movie to watch. Staff was friendly and knowledgeable. Even the janitor, Pete, was eager to teach us more about the history of the Alamo. We really enjoyed ourselves!
Michael Rushing | Aug 6, 2018
I had a great time being able to see the Alamo. My only issue I had, was inside of the main building there was not much to see or view. Granted I did the free tour not the headphone tour. I felt that with just the free tour there would be more information available in order to be able to get an understanding of the events that occurred there. This nexr part of my experience I would give 10 stars to if I could, and that was my visit to the Museum. The information posted along with the extensive amount of items is enough to make anyone slow down and take in and cherish this historical site. What truly set it apart though were the employees. Their knowledge of events of the Alamo and the time period was astonishing. I would say that my ability to ask them questions and listen to their answers and stories was the best part of my visit!
Tino Escareno | Aug 13, 2018
Beautiful place with beautiful history. Walking on the premises of the Alamo is just amazing to know everything that has happened. Also walking in and seeing all the artifacts is what makes it even better. They also have this huge oak tree which is gorgeous. You may also bump into some people who dress like the soldiers did during that time frame which is cool to take pictures with.
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