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

The architecture of the building is beautiful. It is so crammed full of objects d'arte that one cannot absorb them all in one visit. I'm glad we visited once, but I wouldn't go... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
Sue G
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

The architecture of the building is beautiful. It is so crammed full of objects d'arte that one cannot absorb them all in one visit. I'm glad we visited once, but I wouldn't go back.

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Grinnell, Iowa
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26 reviews 26 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

I was a bit disappointed. Expected to see a rejuvenated mansion to look much like it did back in the day but it isn't. Lots of stuff everywhere but could have probably seen the same at an antique shop. Sorry

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We have visited the Belvedere Mansion many times on trips to Galena. The mansion and it's lovely Victorian gardens are so beautiful. It brings up quaint impressions of the bygone era from the mid 1800's. It was built by J. Russell Jones, who became Ambassador to Belgium for Abraham Lincoln. President Lincoln visited Galena. Eight of his Civil War Generals... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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43 reviews 43 reviews
22 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

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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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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126 reviews 126 reviews
36 attraction reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

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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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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Embarrass, Wisconsin
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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153 reviews 153 reviews
27 attraction reviews
68 helpful votes 68 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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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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