The Historic Alamo Long Barrack Reopens to the Public

October 22, 2021


Kevin Femmel, Alamo Trust, Inc.
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View of Long Barrack from the Cenotaph
The Long Barrack is one of the oldest buildings in Texas at nearly 300 years old.

After two years of being closed for preservation work, the historic Alamo Long Barrack will reopen to visitors next Friday, October 29.

"The Long Barrack is one of the two surviving structures we have from the original mission era," Alamo Conservator Pamela Jary Rosser said. "This preservation work could not have occurred without closing the Long Barrack. We performed assessments of the condition of the walls above and below grade, and used state-of-the-art technology during our investigations. With the data we have now, a long-term preservation plan for this historic building is currently underway."

In 2019, the 300-year old building was closed to visitors so that the Alamo's preservation team could perform archaeological investigations to assess the condition of the structure. With the investigations concluded and the data under review, the Long Barrack is now open for visitors again.

Contractor conducting preservation work to wall of Long Barrack
Since 2019, the Long Barrack has been undergoing preservation work to determine the condition of the building, and what needs to be done to preserve it.

"We are thrilled that visitors will once again be able to learn about the 1836 battle inside the Long Barrack," Alamo Trust Executive Director Kate Rogers said. "The Long Barrack is one of the most important historical artifacts in Texas, along with the Alamo Church — experiencing it in-person is a must for all Texans."

Visitors will learn about the people who lived at the Alamo during its 300-year history inside the Long Barrack, the evolution of the building over the past three centuries and the preservation efforts that have taken place within this historic building. In early 2022, a new archaeological exhibit will open inside the Long Barrack that will provide a deeper look into what an archaeological unit is, the stratigraphy and features that were encountered, and the foundation of the building.

The Long Barrack will not require a timed ticket and is free to the public during normal operating hours. Visitors can claim a free timed-entry ticket for the Church or book a guided tour today on

About Alamo Trust, Inc. | Located in the heart of San Antonio, the Alamo serves as a sacred memorial to all those who lived, fought and died there. Visitors pay homage to the heroes of the 1836 Battle of the Alamo, a defining moment in Texas History. Alamo Trust, Inc., or the Alamo, tells that story of Texas independence, as part of its 300-year history to over 1.6 million visitors every year. To visit the Alamo is to witness living history, experience authentic artifacts and admire an iconic landmark that shaped the country. Visit