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Address: 1008 Park Ave, Galena, IL 61036
Phone Number: 815-777-0747
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Sun - Fri 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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The green drapes from "Gone with the Wind" are one of the many...

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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Beautiful house, but it is filled with furniture and decorations from movies like Gone With the Wind and some of Liberace's old belongings. Limited areas that you can go into... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed October 23, 2015
Renee O
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Newton, Iowa
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16 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015 via mobile

Need I say more! Ask what the prices are before entering the front door. The prices are shown in the foyer.... So once you're in, you're in. The place is a big rip off, just a lot of junk piled around in various rooms. But the building is beautiful.

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Thank Bill b
California
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

If you like fine old historic homes and architecture, this home is a beauty, even if you only see it from the outside.

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Thank IrisheyesinAmerica
Orem
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7 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

We thought the owners tried to put to much "stuff" inside. We were looking for Civil War memorabilia, not left over Holleywood stuff.

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1 Thank Lowell J
Sheldon, IA
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

The house is beautiful, but the interior and tour are lame and not worth the time and money. It's not a historical tour of an old Galena mansion, as we'd expected. Rather, the house is cluttered, really cluttered, with stuff from Liberace, MGM, and everywhere in between. If you like that kind of stuff, go for it, but if you... More 

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Thank Judy C
Illinois City, Illinois
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21 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

This tour is well worth your time. The mansion is beautiful and filled with so much memorabilia from different sources. The tour guides knew the house well and shoed us so much..Combine this tour with Dowling House. Two very different structures but both interesting and fun.

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Thank jeepsong
Bloomington, Illinois
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31 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015 via mobile

This appears to be a way for the current owners to try making money from their collection or antiques, art and movie memorabilia. I learned virtually nothing about the history of the original owner, the town of Galena or the time period this structure represents. The town should be making it more clear that this is not a historical representation... More 

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1 Thank SocialDave
Newton, Iowa
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14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

Beautiful house, but it is filled with furniture and decorations from movies like Gone With the Wind and some of Liberace's old belongings. Limited areas that you can go into. Can't see the 3rd floor as that is the private residence for the owners. We were told to watch our purses, keep them close to us as to not knock... More 

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Thank Renee O
Batavia, Illinois
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106 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

There is a sigh in front that says open to the public. But when you go in they charge a $12 fee. And it is not worth it. We thought it would be a historical tour of home and furnishings. But there is only a couple original items Most of the house and décor has ben updated to recent times.... More 

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Thank deanalang
Ankeny, Iowa
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

THIS IS THE WORST PLACE TO VISIT !! DO NOT WASTE YOUR MONEY!!!. It is 12.75 to get in and all you see are dark rooms with tons of furnitutre that are not even from the time period.The guides were not interesting at all and one had a bandage on his forehead that had dried blood and the bandage half... More 

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1 Thank Julie Y
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3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015 via mobile

We visited hoping to see the mansion and pieces from its time. We were disappointed. The current owners have a museum like style going on. There are only 2 pieces in the whole house that are from the orginal owner. At the end of the tour we were told to leave out through a side door. Very cramped. Not worth... More 

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