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Belvedere Mansion

1008 Park Ave, Galena, IL 61036
815-777-0747
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Ranked #15 of 16 attractions in Galena
Type: Historic Sites
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... more » 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. « less
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Central Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

This mansion has the curtains from the movie "Gone With the Wind". But besides that, the tour was very interesting. The tour guide was very patient with my very talkative daughter.

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Chicago, Illinois
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9 reviews 9 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

Like paying to see a rummage sale. Tour guide was uninterested and nothing really worth seeing. Not even a restoration as tons of stuff was from different decades.

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Killeen, Texas
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2013

My wife, daughter, and son-in-law all went for a tour of the mansion. We walked up to the front porch and my wife rang the bell in accordance with the sign. After a brief pause she rang the bell once more and we waited. All of a sudden some man (don't know if he was the tour guide, owner, etc),... More

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Suburban Chicago
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

This mansion is privately owned, and houses the current owner's various collections including furniture, silver, and vases. So it is not so much a tour of a grand mansion restored to how it appeared when it was in its prime, but a tour of the current owner's collections. The tour guides did share some interesting historical information about the original... More

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Valparaiso, Indiana
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2013

We were awed by the opulence of the period and the home was interesting but the tour was crowded and overpriced. I would try some of the other tours of homes of the period.

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Sun Prairie, Wisconsin
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

Just a very unique place to see. Items are not original but several collector pieces and great tour guides.

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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

The historical part of the tour ends shortly after you walk through the door. Then you're looking at someone else's gaudy stuff. Neat, but they need a rummage sale.

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Addison, Illinois
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013 via mobile

We decided to buy the discounted tickets to tour both the Belvedere Mansion and Dowling House. The Dowling House tour was great, but the mansion wasn't worth it. Our tour guide was very uptight and scripted - so much so that when I asked a question, he paused and then kept going with his script! There may be a few... More

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Big Bend, WI
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2013

We really enjoyed our visit to Belvidere. While it's true that there are only 2 pieces in the house from the original owners, the tour guides were able to tell us a lot about the house itself as well as many of the lovely old pieces the owners have preserved. We think it's well worth a visit!

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Naperville, Illinois
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

It is nice that someone took the time to return this beautiful house back into a museum as it had formerly been made into a restaurant. As stated, it was like touring an antique store of someone's private collection. The stuff was beautiful and nice to look at, but not indicative of what it was when first built or inhabited.... More

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