The Phil Collins Collection

British rock star Phil Collins has penned numerous #1 and Top Ten hits on the record charts.

Phil CollinsBut the former drummer and front-man for Genesis, the award-winning solo singer who has sold more than 150 million albums, and the author of the Tarzan movie soundtrack may become best know for something beyond his glittering music career.

In the summer of 2014, Collins generously donated his priceless collection of Alamo and Texana artifacts to the Texas General Land Office, guardian of the Alamo on behalf of the people of Texas.

Collins built the collection over several decades, purchasing some items and even discovering some others just steps away from the Alamo itself.

Collins fell in love with the Alamo’s inspiring story as a 5-year-old boy, when he saw the Disney production of Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier. When other children were out playing cops and robbers or other childhood games, Collins says that he was re-enacting the Battle of the Alamo.

That love soon became his “passion” – collecting Alamo artifacts, weapons, relics and original documents.

Phil Collins’ amazing collection includes hundreds of items. In a few years, you will be able to see the entire collection in a world-class Alamo museum and visitors center. Plans for that museum, and for reimaging the Alamo experience, are being drawn up now.

One of Collins’ many objects is already on display, and you and your family can see it for yourself right now.

It is across the street from the Alamo, in the History Shop at 713 E. Houston St. It is a spectacular Alamo diorama and narrated telling of the famous battle on March 6, 1836. The diorama recreates the 1836 Alamo as it stood on that fateful day.

Collins himself narrates the 12-minute sound and light presentation. Learn more about the History Shop, the diorama and Phil Collins’ lifelong passion for the Alamo here