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Downtown mall adding Battle for Texas attraction next to Alamo

By December 1, 2015Uncategorized

Rivercenter Mall’s makeover will include a new cultural element that will better connect the downtown shopping center with its next-door neighbor — the famous Alamo. Battle for Texas: The Experience is a new attraction set to open in February. The 22,000-square-foot permanent exhibition will feature a number of Alamo artifacts and multi-media re-enactments of one of the world’s more famous battles.

BASE Entertainment and The Gold Group, which are creating Battle for Texas: The Experience, promise that the attraction will provide visitors an opportunity to see what it was like to be at the Battle of the Alamo in 1836 from the perspectives of the mission defenders and the Mexican army.

Brian Becker, CEO of BASE Entertainment, said visitors to the new attraction will experience “through the sights, sounds and even smells” the 13-day siege in a “personal and visceral way, just like those inside the walls.”

Joe Gold, principal of The Gold Group, said visitors to Battle for Texas will better understand the importance of the Alamo.

The project has been two years in the making and will include roughly 250 artifacts curated from private libraries of major collectors and historians. Visitors will see Santa Anna’s uniform, bed and personal effects kept in his tent, as well as Davy Crockett’s “long knife,” and the cannonball shot at the Mexican Army in response to the “No Quarter” flag.

Alex McDuffie, an historian and curator of Battle for Texas: The Experience, said many of the artifacts that will be on display have never been viewed by the public before.

Battle for Texas will be located in the former Joske’s building and will house 11 galleries.

David Weiss, creative writer and production director for Battle for Texas, said visitors will experience the “constant sound of shelling, rattling walls and (the) smell of gunpowder.”

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