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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 #9 of 13 Attractions in Galena
Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Landmarks
Owner description: Vendors peddled their wares at this Greek Revival Market House in the 19th century, which now hosts...
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Type: Architectural Buildings, Historic Sites, Landmarks
Owner 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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Romeoville
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Stopped in to get maps and information about the area. Very helpful and they gave us discount tickets and some suggestions about where to eat.

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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

A lot of interesting history concerning Galena and the whole Grant family, really enjoyed looking at the displays. The person at the desk was also very helpful to us and we appreciated that.

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Peoria, Illinois
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
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17 reviews 17 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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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208 attraction reviews
363 helpful votes 363 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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53 reviews 53 reviews
11 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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75 reviews 75 reviews
14 attraction reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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
33 helpful votes 33 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction 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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119 helpful votes 119 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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