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Address: 220 Diagonal St., Galena, IL 61036
Phone Number: 815-777-1250
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As with everything in Galena from our experience (my wife and I) this was an exceptional visit. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. Everything was explained fully if... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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Peoria, Illinois
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Peoria, Illinois
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10 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

As with everything in Galena from our experience (my wife and I) this was an exceptional visit. The staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. Everything was explained fully if you had any questions. If you are in Galena this is a must visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

You really get a feel for what it was like to live back in the 1800's. The tour guide was very informative and answered our questions with enthusiasm.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

Very interesting tour about one of the oldest, most successful families in Galena. A little pricey but we learned a lot and found it interesting.

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Darien, Illinois
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11 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

One of the oldest houses considered first mansion in Galena. Guide was very informative. Great history not the person built the house.

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Dixon, Illinois
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6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Very informative tour guide. He enjoyed what he was doing & was willing to spend time answering questions. Good introduction to early life in Galena when it was a booming mining town. Learned some interesting facts of history.

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Houston
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

A great way to see how people lived in the early years of Galena. The museum shows the general store on the first floor and the living quarters on the top floor. Very interesting and informative. This is the oldest house in Galena

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Nevada, Iowa
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28 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

The lady that was our tour guide is a native of the area and was super knowledgeable about the family who built this very significant pioneer home that had been left to ruin prior to being restored and lived in until the 70's when it became a tourist home.

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Aurora Il
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4 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

very interesting to go through, our tour guide was so knowledgeable. can't believe how hard it was for people back then. nice that is has been kept for public viewing.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

While visiting Galena, IL, we decided to venture into the Dowling House. The moment we stepped into the old trading post area of this home, we were transported into a simpler time through the smells, sites and stories. Our tour guide was very entertaining and shared the lives of those who had built and lived in this home. We learned... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

We attempted to go on the tour on a Saturday. We walked in and it was completely empty except for us. The room you enter into is a little gift shop with a small counter. There wasn't anyone behind it when we walked in. I saw the sign on the wall that said tours daily, but there was no price... More 

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Additional Information about Dowling House

Address: 220 Diagonal St., Galena, IL 61036
Phone Number: 815-777-1250
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Galena
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

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