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Belvedere Mansion

1008 Park Ave, Galena, IL 61036
815-777-0747
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Ranked #17 of 18 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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North Liberty, Iowa
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

We arrived shortly before closeing for the day on a saturday. So I am sure they were all tired. However the men showing the house were very kind and answered questions just as if we were the first visitors of the day. Excellent stories about both the original owners as well as the current owners. Love it love it love... More

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Oshkosh, WI
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28 reviews 28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We liked the story behind the house more than the house itself. There were too many things crammed in to truly enjoy what was there. We were expecting more that related to the house and its history and found that it was more a showcase for the purchases of people with too much money to spend. The tour guides seemed... More

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Murphysboro
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44 reviews 44 reviews
11 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

The title is a bit unkind but the owners have accumulated a vast collection of stuff owned by famous people or noteworthy in its own right (furniture owner by Teddy Roosevelt; drapes from Gone With The Wind; original & unique Tiffanty chandelier). They nweeded someplace to put it and show it off so they bought the Belvedere Mansion and stuffed... More

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Winthrop Harbor, Illinois
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

It's a beautiful, old house but for the $12 admission price you don't get to see much. All the rooms are roped off and you're rushed through the tour. The tour guide spoke so fast it was hard to keep up with that he was saying. The third floor is not included in the tour and we were told the... More

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Iowa
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59 reviews 59 reviews
12 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2014

The mansion is beautiful, but I learned very little. The house has been restored and some of the furnishings are appropriate for the era of the home. The upstairs bedrooms are most closely restored to the time the house was built. There were some other original furnishing such as the mirrors which the builder had specially ordered. However, the rest... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

Take a look at the outside. That is the best part of this mansion and the view is free. The joint is filled with gaudy antiques and the tour is short. Learning about the coffin corners is the only memory of the interior. Save your cash. Tour Grant's home.

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Central Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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
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8 helpful votes 8 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
4 helpful votes 4 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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