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Long before he became a rock star, Phil Collins was a budding history buff. As a child growing up in England, Collins became fascinated by the Battle of the Alamo. The thirteen-day siege resulted in Mexican troops recapturing the Alamo mission in San Antonio during the Texas Revolution in 1836.

According to My San Antonio, Phil Collins fell in love with the story of the Alamo when he was just 5 years old after watching Disney’s 1955 film Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier. A news release issued by the Alamo reveals that “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.”

When he started making rock star money, the Genesis singer and drummer began amassing the largest-known collection of Alamo and Texas Revolution artifacts. In 2014, Phil Collins donated his entire collection of weapons, relics, and original documents to the state of Texas. Nine years later, the priceless treasures are finally going on display to the public.

Beginning Friday, March 3rd, visitors will be able to see the artifacts at the Alamo Collections Center in San Antonio. The collection contains more than 400 items, including a rifle and fringed leather pouch owned by Davy Crockett, and an original Jim Bowie knife. The exhibit also features a Battle of the Alamo diorama narrated by Phil Collins. Eventually, the entire collection will be housed in the Alamo Visitor Center and Museum, which is expected to open in 2026.