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Galena / Jo Daviess County Historical Society and Museum

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Address: 211 S Bench St, Galena, IL 61036
Phone Number: 815 777 9129
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Description: It's worth the climb up the steep stairway to see what's inside this...
It's worth the climb up the steep stairway to see what's inside this lovely Italianate home built in 1858: an actual lead mine, Civil War memorabilia, items honoring Ulysses S. Grant (including an original painting depicting Robert E. Lee's surrender to Grant), plus other historical articles from Galena and Jo Daviess County.
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Great little town!

This town is a great little getaway with very kind people! The restaurants are great and the shops are fun! I highly recommend a weekend here! There is plenty to do!

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
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13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015

This town is a great little getaway with very kind people! The restaurants are great and the shops are fun! I highly recommend a weekend here! There is plenty to do!

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Peoria, Illinois
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6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

Great place to visit ... had an extremely enjoyable and informative day! Would definitely recommend to anyone interested in traveling to Galena whether it be for a day or few days.

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Brookfield, Wisconsin
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29 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Enjoyed seeing how the miners got the lead from the earth.Very educational. Enjoyed the information on U. S. Grant. Came away with a lot more the information.

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Mukwonago, Wisconsin
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10 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

The historical content within this museum was beyond great, there was so much history to learn that I felt it was very much worth the entrance fee. The presentation of all the items though could use quite a lot of work. Just seemed very old and could have had better attention to the details. The painting that we all see... More 

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Galena H, Curator at Galena / Jo Daviess County Historical Society and Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your response and input. We are always seeking ways to improve upon the visitor experience, and feedback like yours is one of the ways we are able to make this possible. We would also like to take a moment and share some information about the Peace in Union exhibit. A professional conservator was hired in 2007 to... More 

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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Nice little museum, Galena has so much history. Has alot of artifacts from the area and president grant

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Olney
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9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

If you are a fan of or are interested in Civil War history this museum is not to be missed. The curator is very good and well spoken. And as a side note, upon having a conversation with her realized she babysat for my husband's cousin years ago. The items they have accumulated over the years make this little museum... More 

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minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

This is one of the best local historical museums we have ever toured. It features displays and information about the local geology, history and economy. I would not miss this one!

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Galena, United States
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

The museum itself make history come alive and so do all the programs they provide! Wonderful for children and adults!

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Sparta, Wisconsin
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

For a small museum, there was plenty of information and wonderful exhibits. A very friendly attendant added info of his own and made it very personable experience. Wonderful original painting of Grant and the Civil War. More than worth the suggested $5 donation

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Maple Park, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

Very entertaining for the money. Good way to spend a rainy afternoon. Especially liked the exhibits upstairs and the Grant hologram.

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