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The Alamo

300 Alamo Plaza
San Antonio, TX 78205
(210) 225-1391

The first mission established in San Antonio, the Alamo (San Antonio de Valero) served as a way station between east Texas and Mexico. Already 100 years old when it fell in the Battle of the Alamo, you'll find in the heart of the city the often-photographed church façade, as well as relics in the Long Barrack Museum.

The Alamo is dedicated to educating all visitors, either online or in person, about the history of the Alamo and its importance to Texas and the nation. All 300 years of Alamo history are vital to the story, but it is important to remember the Alamo's primary role is as a memorial to those who died in the 1836 battle during the Texas fight for freedom.

Educating visitors about this history is an important part of what we do at the Alamo. Our full time education staff strives to provide useful educational tools and training for educators and students, as well as high-quality educational tours and hands on projects related to Alamo preservation and history.

Alamo curatorial and education staff make every effort to ensure that historical interpretation at the Alamo is accurate, up to date, and based on evidence.


The Alamo offers many options for the Alamo visitor to learn more about the history of the battle and the Texas Revolution. There is no charge to visit the Alamo and the public is welcome to walk the grounds and conduct their own self-guided tours. Accordingly, self guided tour maps and additional information is provided at the desk inside the Alamo Shrine.

Orientation Film

A short documentary film is shown every 20 minutes throughout the day in the Clara Driscoll Theatre located inside the Long Barrack Museum. This film is free and open to the public. The theatre will seat approximately 40 people.

History Talks

Alamo Education department staff member provide “History Talks” several times throughout the day. These talks are given in Cavalry Courtyard when the weather allows. The talks are free to the public and last approximately 20 minutes. Please check with Alamo personnel for current History Talk schedule.


The Alamo staff host a number of fascinating tours related to different aspects of the Alamo story.


One of our most important education programs at the Alamo is teaching the story of the Alamo and Texas to educators. Our education staff works with Texas teachers to ensure that they have the information to expand their skills, enrich their history curriculum and meet state requirements for Texas history.


Fostering a love for history is a vital component of telling the story of the Alamo. Alamo education staff has created several programs to encourage young visitors to learn more about history and the Alamo.

Field Trips

The best way to learn about the Alamo is to visit the Alamo. While budgets and the economy can make field trips a difficult economic decision, the Alamo staff is standing by to ensure your visit is worthwhile. Yet due to its status as a memorial and the Shrine of Texas Liberty, the Alamo has unique rules for visitors.

Upcoming Exhibits

The Alamo now features rotating exhibits in the Alamo church. These exhibits are coordinated with the Texas General Land Office Archives and others.

Plan a visit

More than 2.5 million people a year visit the 4.2 acre complex known worldwide as "The Alamo." For over 300 years, the Alamo has been a crossroads for Texas history. Here the Spanish colonization first took hold, Mexico armed its independence and even the Confederacy stood its ground. Yet most come to see the place where a small band of Texans held out for thirteen days against General Antonio López de Santa Anna.

Although the Alamo fell in the early morning hours of March 6, 1836, the death of the Alamo defenders has come to symbolize courage and sacrifice for the cause of Liberty. The memories of James Bowie, David Crockett, and William B. Travis are as powerful today as when the Texan Army under Sam Houston shouted "Remember the Alamo!" as it routed Santa Anna at the battle of San Jacinto on April 21, 1836.

Located on Alamo Plaza in downtown San Antonio, Texas, the Alamo houses exhibits on the Texas Revolution and Texas History. Visitors are welcome to stroll through the beautiful Alamo Gardens. Just a short distance from the River Walk, the Alamo is a "must see" for all who come to San Antonio.

Getting Here

The Alamo is conveniently located within easy reach of major transportation hubs and roadways.

No Admission Fee

Admission to the Alamo is free. Operation of the Alamo and its educational programming are funded by private donations and sales at the Alamo Gift Shop. Help keep the Alamo free by making a donation today.

Hours of Operation

The Alamo is open every day of the year, except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day from 9:00 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. During the summer months of June, July and August, the Alamo is open until 7 P.M.

Interactive Map

The Alamo is comprised of a 4.2 acre complex containing only a portion of the original Alamo mission.

Rules of Reverence

The Alamo is the Shrine of Texas Liberty. The Alamo has a unique set of rules befitting its status as the Shrine of Texas Liberty and hallowed ground. Please read the rules before entering the Shrine to ensure a respectful, pleasant visit.

1. Gentlemen, please remove your hats inside the Shrine.
2. No open containers are allowed inside the buildings.
3. No food or drinks are allowed inside the buildings.
4. Photography is not allowed inside the buildings.
5. No camera or cell phone use is permitted inside the buildings.
6. Please do not touch the walls or display cases inside the Shrine.
7. No pets are allowed on Alamo Grounds (service animals allowed).
8. No restrooms inside the Shrine. Public restrooms located at back
of grounds.
9. No obscene or offensive clothing is allowed.
10. No bikes or skateboards are allowed on the grounds.
11. Please lower your voice when speaking.
12. No unauthorized weapons are allowed. CHL allowed with permit.

Get involved

The spirit of volunteerism is vital to the story of the Alamo. From the Mission Indians who voluntarily defended their home from attackers, and the Texian defenders in the 1836 battle, to the Daughters of the Republic of Texas who fought to preserve the Alamo for future generations, the Alamo inspires faithful devotion.

Here are a few ways you can do your part today to help preserve the Alamo for future generations:

The Alamo Complex is operated by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas under contract to the Texas General Land Office on behalf of the state of Texas. While it is owned by the state, the Alamo receives no regular appropriation for operation and management. The educational programming and general operation of the Alamo is funded primarily by sales in the Alamo Gift Shop, membership in the Allies of the AlamoTM membership program, private foundation grants and donations from individuals like you.

If you are interested in making a financial contribution, please make a donation online.

Thank you for your support!

Ready to cross the line for the Alamo? Join the Allies of the AlamoTM membership program today and enjoy special exclusive member events, discounts at the Alamo Gift Shop and special access to the Alamo on busy days. Individual memberships begin as low as $70. Join the Allies and help defend the Alamo for future generations!

Your purchase of gifts, souvenirs, books and memorabilia in the Alamo Gift Shop and the online Alamo Gift Shop directly supports the operation and maintenance of the Alamo. Shop online today for that unique Alamo gift!

Want to lend your time and talent to the Alamo and its educational mission?

Contact a staff member to discover the many ways you can volunteer at the Alamo, including serving as a docent or participating in Alamo living history programs. The Alamo needs YOU!

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