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Old Market House State Historic Site

123 N Commerce St, Galena, IL 61036
815 777 3310
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Ranked #12 of 18 Attractions in Galena
Type: Historic Sites, Architectural Buildings
Description: Vendors peddled their wares at this Greek Revival Market House in the 19th century, which now hosts changing exhibits, meetings and special events.
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Peoria, Illinois
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

You should make this your first stop in Galena as there is a wealth of information about the area available to you. Plenty of brochures and pamphlets about all there is to do and see in and around a Galena. There is also displays of historic artifacts and there are people there to answer any questions that you have.

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Minonk, Illinois
14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Lots of historical artifacts, ladies working the desk were very helpful and nice. Stop here first and ask about the coupons.

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Chicago, Illinois
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416 reviews 416 reviews
165 attraction reviews
277 helpful votes 277 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

The Old Market House Welcome Center at 123 North Commerce Street is an excellent place to start your visit to historic Galena, Illinois, especially is you are a first-timer. Of course, there is the other tourist information enter located at the Old Railroad Depot at 101 Bouthillier Street. Either way, you get all you need to know to enjoy your... More

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Franklin, Pennsylvania
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45 reviews 45 reviews
7 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

A very good starting point for learning about President Grant, his life prior to the civil war and his presidency and family life. Also you can get information about the surrounding area attractions and eateries.

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Galena, Illinois
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69 reviews 69 reviews
14 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

I happen to suffer Celiac Sprue. The Market House is Family owned & Operated. They are marvelous, friendly & will make me food off the menu to accommodate my illness. Also, if you are traveling Spring/Fall, check out the Garden Room.

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San Jose, California
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42 reviews 42 reviews
24 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

Galena was decorated and ready to celebrate Christmas. Known for the President Grant's home and some unique history, it was not a surprise to see the town all ready for Christmas and to hear that U.S. Grant declared Christmas a legal holiday. The Old Market House is a tourist information center, gift shop and on our visit Santa was there,... More

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Streamwood, Illinois
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2013

It was very nice and imformative. So much history in Galena that we did not know about. Love it. We would recomend to all who love history.

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Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
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189 reviews 189 reviews
72 attraction reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

If you are in Galena, then it's worthwhile looking inside the Old Market House, as it has a display of memorabilia associated with President Grant. However it's not worth a special journey and when I visited about half the exhibition area was taken up with some paintings for sale.

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Venice, Florida, United States
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65 reviews 65 reviews
21 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

Liked the numerous and multiple paintings, photos (both black and white, and colorized) of U.S. Grant in many poses, as well as his family, and colleagues, and contemporaries.

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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

When I stopped in, the lady manning the place gave me a cold reception. Made me feel like I was intruding rather than welcome. Visitor's center on the east side of the river in the train depot had much more welcoming staff and tons of helpful suggestions for places to visit in Galena.

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