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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 16 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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Galena, Illinois
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62 reviews 62 reviews
14 attraction reviews
42 helpful votes 42 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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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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
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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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148 reviews 148 reviews
53 attraction reviews
72 helpful votes 72 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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58 reviews 58 reviews
21 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 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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Milwaukee
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 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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Des Moines, Iowa
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19 reviews 19 reviews
12 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

Contrasted to the Galena museum up the hill, this highly promoted site & exhibit were disappointing. Kind of a hodge podge, pushed together in the rooms. The "docent" spent our entire visit talking with another townsperson about the troubles of organizing support for whatever her project was.

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Chicago, Illinois
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169 attraction reviews
445 helpful votes 445 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2013

PROS: the most common location people from Galena are going to point you towards if you need to use a public restroom. Numerous Grant memorabilia to the point that some of them may not be too significant (like painted stones); a carriage owned by the Grants; We went during the Art Fair and there quite a few tents set up... More

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Rochester, Minnesota
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2013

Was a nice information stop. There was just too much Grant memorabilia and not a ton of historical info. Think they should have had a section on the old market since farmers markets are very popular right now.

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Glenview, Illinois
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2012

Very Interesting hidden treasure in Galena. There is so much history in Galena that is hidden. When you look this place comes up and really brings the trip to life

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