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Belvedere Mansion

1008 Park Ave, Galena, IL 61036
815-777-0747
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Ranked #12 of 13 Attractions in Galena
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Owner description: The green drapes from "Gone with the Wind" are one of the many interesting items on display at this...
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Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
Hours:
Sun - Fri 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: The green drapes from "Gone with the Wind" are one of the many interesting items on display at this 22-room Italianate-style home. Built in 1857, the mansion now exhibits period furnishings and also includes items from the estate of flamboyant entertainer Liberace.

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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106 reviews 106 reviews
36 attraction reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

We waited quite some time to enter this mansion, only to be informed of an even longer wait and a ridiculous entrance fee. The help was snotty and rude. Certainly there has to be more historic houses in town to tour.

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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

We enjoyed our tour of the beautiful mansion very much. We enjoyed the town of Galena, IL very much and would like to return someday.

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Chicago, Illinois
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Was a nice sight; we didn't go in because it was closed but nice photo ops in the area. Where the home is located are many other beautiful mansions as well. It is really easy to drive around this area.

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Embarrass, Wisconsin
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

I don't like to give any place a bad review but this place is the exception.My daughter and I waited a long time to go see it and when we got the chance this last time visiting Galena we were very disappointed.It certainly isn't worth the money.The outside of the house is beautiful but there is so much in the... More 

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Elmwood Park, Illinois, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Nothing in the house in original. The house itself is very cool. But everything in the house is the owners collection of stuff. Movie props, pieces from here and there. Was neat to see some old stuff, but nothing belonged to the house. Kinda disappointing.

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Dwight, Illinois
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132 reviews 132 reviews
24 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

If I had checked out the previous reviews prior to arriving in Galena, I would have known to save my $18.00 for a dual ticket (Belvidere/Dowling House). The tour guides were very mechanical and the home - while striking on the exterior - was horribly overfurnished with antiques and items of no relation to Galena, the previous owners, or the... More 

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Holland, Michigan
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

This home is beautiful on the exterior, but not worth the $12 admission to see the owner's cluttered accumulation of artifacts and antiques. The docents rushed through a memorized presentation and seemed uncomfortable when we asked questions. We had been looking forward to seeing the mansion and were very disappointed.

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MENOMONEE FALLS
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Someone bought this house for $17, but put a lot of money and antiques into it. The tour was cool and the 12 year old even loved it. Many of the antiques where used in famous movies as well...like Gone with the Wind.

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Chicago, Illinois
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20 reviews 20 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

The house has an interesting history, but very few of the items in the house are original. However, the items, too, have history - just not history with the house. They charge $12.00 for adults. We arrived a bit later in the day and a woman (not sure if she was a docent of an occupant) seemed a bit put... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

This house is so beautiful. After touring many historic homes, I have to say this is one of my favorites. I loved the layout of the home and the architecture is stunning. The grounds are very pretty. It is a private residence. Walking through, you get a taste of what it must be like to live there. I will definitely... More 

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