Most people remember the Alamo as a heroic struggle against impossible odds — a place where men made the ultimate sacrifice for freedom. The 1836 battle, however, is only one piece of the Alamo’s long and storied past.

Founded as Mission San Antonio de Valero in 1718, the small stone mission was one of Spain’s first along the Texas frontier, and played a crucial role in the Spanish settlement of the state. The Alamo’s significance as a Spanish mission quickly made it — and the town that sprung up around it — the cultural and commercial center of the region. However, this site was not only a focal point of historic change in the American Southwest; it also played an important role in the formation of America and made a lasting impact to world history.


Standing at the heart of San Antonio, today people from all over the world visit the Alamo to learn about the mission and fort’s vital role in defending freedom. Living history, a one-of-a-kind movie, summer camps, unique exhibits and more are available year-round on the Alamo grounds.


Visitors can also unearth the rich and complex history of one of America’s most significant places with a guided tour led by Alamo History Interpreters. This 1-hour guided tour explores the heroes and events that have made the story of the Alamo captivating for generations of Texans and visitors. The tour takes you through the area that was the original footprint of the Spanish mission complex, today Alamo Plaza, describing the events leading up to and including the Battle of the Alamo.


To ensure the Alamo is around for future generations, in 2014, the Texas General Land Office, the Alamo Endowment, and the City of San Antonio embarked on an ambitious project to preserve and protect this historic site. Part of the project involves extensive preservation work to the historic Church and Long Barrack structures, so they remain standing and in good condition. The Alamo Plan also strives to transform the Alamo experience — creating an expansive civic plaza and a powerful cultural destination featuring a restaurant, theater, and a world-class museum.

Discover a story 300 years in the making. thealamo.org