The Collector's Journey

Sandwich board sign in green lawn to show Ralston Family Collections Center now open
Front view of Ralston Family Collections Center


Now open! Experience the Collector's Journey in a state-of-the-art curatorial environment dedicated to preservation at the Alamo Exhibit in the new Ralston Family Collections Center! Free admission for Friends of the Alamo members. Not a member?Join today!

  • View the Phil Collins Collection - priceless artifacts gifted to the State of Texas by musician and historian, Phil Collins, including the Battle of the Alamo Diorama featuring his narration.
  • Explore artifacts from the Donald and Louise Yena Spanish Colonial Collection, Alamo Collection, interactive exhibits, and more.
  • Immerse yourself in 10,000 square feet of new gallery space with more than 500 artifacts – many on display for the first time!

The two-story, 24,000 square foot Ralston Family Collections Center has been built on the grounds, behind the iconic Alamo Church, to the east of the Gift Shop in the Alamo gardens. It has been prudently designed so its construction will not obstruct the breathtaking view of the Church from Alamo Plaza.

The Ralston Family Collections Center is not a replacement for the upcoming Alamo Visitor Center and Museum, which is on track for a 2027 launch. Once the museum opens, artifacts in the Collections Center will move to the museum. The Collections Center will then become home to traveling exhibits to further educate and engage visitors. 

Visitors exploring gallery of artifacts
Man in a cowboy hat reading interpretive panel on a gallery wall
Lt. Governor Dan Patrick and Sentator Donna Campbell viewing photos on Alamo Pilgrimage Wall
Staff member showing interactive table to a guest
Visitors looking at a chess set in an exhibit display
Two women looking at 1800s riding boots in an exhibit display
Two guests looking at a weapons display on the wall
Man in a cowboy hat reading an interpretive panel in a gallery
Children gathered around interactive table in gallery
Man looking at glass exhibit containing weapon artifacts
Collections Center building with green garden in front and visitors ready to enter