What began as a Spanish mission in the early eighteenth century became an integral battle site for American and Texas History. When the Mexican Army, under the leadership of President General Santa Anna, attacked the mission site on February 23, 1836, the Texas citizens were able to defend themselves against the first two attacks. But the third siege ended in the defeat of the Texas Army.
Tour through the 250-year-old building and see artifacts from the fateful battle, including weapons, clothing, and political paraphernalia. You will learn about famous Texian defenders, including James Bowie, William B. Travis, and Davey Crockett. Hear the myth of the Yellow Rose of Texas, and enjoy modern exhibits of Texas history and the Texas Revolution. Admission to the museum is free, and their monthly event calendar boasts many tours of the battlegrounds and unique activities like movie nights and living history days.
Things to Do
- Battlefield Tours: Go beyond the church walls and explore the real Alamo battlefield through San Antonio's Alamo Plaza; Guided tour comes with free audio guide
- After Hours Darkness Tours: Miss the crowds and explore the museum and battlefield after the museum has closed; 20 person minimum required for guided tour
- Alamo Movie Nights: Once a month, except during winter, The Alamo hosts movie nights for families; Free admission but space is limited to the first 200 people
The Alamo Insider Tips
- It is best to visit The Alamo in off-season, during spring and the late fall into winter. Late August through November and January are the ideal times to visit. You can avoid the crowds and long lines, as well as the sweltering Texas summer heat.
- If you're looking for a place to cool down at the museum, snag a seat at the outdoor fountain to the right of the church building on the corner of East Crockett street. It's shaded from the sun and usually free of crowds, making it the ideal place to sit and enjoy a picnic lunch or frozen treat.