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Dowling House

220 Diagonal St., Galena, IL 61036
815-777-1250
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Ranked #11 of 16 attractions in Galena
Type: Historic Sites
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English first
Illinois
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54 reviews 54 reviews
8 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2014

I was excited to go for a tour of the fowling house given it's great reviews and the fact it's the one historic site in Galena I had yet to check out. However I was informed by there answering machine tours of the home would no longer be available but "Old Time photos" would be its replacement. How devastating this... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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19 reviews 19 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

Interesting home and history. I am not convinced it was worth $9. A couple light bulbs had burned out but not replaced- a little dark.

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Grayslake, Illinois
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

This was a fun break from all the shopping in Galena. The home is full of antiques and stories! It takes about 30minutes and the women who told the story of the building and the families that lived there did a wonderful job!!

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

We have toured a number of similar places and I originally was not all that excited about going. I learned SEVERAL new things and the story of the home was very interesting too.

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

It's odd that's paired with the Belvedere Mansion as the two tours could not be more different. If you're into history, this is a great tour. If you want to see a fancy house with lots of stuff, see the Belvedere Mansion. If you're interested at all in the history of Galena and life during the days of the lead... More

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Addison, Illinois
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013 via mobile

This tour was great because the house has a somewhat unusual history. It's hard to believe that this home is located right in the middle of the downtown area. I would definitely recommend a visit, but do not opt for the two house deal they offer - discounted ticket if you purchase a tour of the Belvedere Mansion and Dowling... More

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Naperville, Illinois
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

When I looked at this house from the outside I didn't expect the dreariness that was inside. The downstairs is all old supplies and equipment, the upstairs are the living quarters. Our tour guide was very informative and witty at times. They certainly did a good job of maintaining the building for history sake, considering were it is located. They... More

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Oak Brook, Illinois
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27 reviews 27 reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2013

Experience authentic history at this location. Very interesting stories about Galena during the Civil War era.

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White Bear Lake, Minnesota, United States
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

We did a combo with the Belvidere. The Belvidere is pretty but very little is from the time of the house. They have some movie props and fixtures that are not at all true to the home. I found the Dowling House to be the most interesting of the 2. I grew up going to Galena about every other week... More

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Sandwich, Illinois, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

We did this tour on Saturday as a combo with the Belvidere Mansion (it was cheaper that way). The house is really cool inside and gives you some insight about how people lived back then!

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