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Galena / Jo Daviess County Historical Society and Museum

211 S Bench St, Galena, IL 61036
815 777 9129
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Ranked #5 of 18 attractions in Galena
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums
Owner description: 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,... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Moline, Illinois
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

This was a self guided tour, so you can go at your own pace to look at everything this museum had to offer. We watched the hologram presentation of President Grant and First Lady at the beginning. After that, we were free to explore the 2 stories of this house/museum on our own. There is A LOT to see and... More

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Seattle, Washington
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

The Galena Museum makes much of the local history of this unique place accessible. You can peer down into an actual lead mine, see remnants of Grant's life (including a smoked cigar!), and view artwork from the civil war. It was my favorite attraction in Galena.

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Verona, Wisconsin, Usa
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5 reviews 5 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Galena Illinois history is amazing. There are so many opportunities to view and hear about the history of the town, about mining for lead, and about the Civil War. We especially like the old architecture of the buildings along Main Street. We visited the first resident's home, it was interesting to hear of the family and the way the generations... More

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Zionsville, Indiana
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34 reviews 34 reviews
6 attraction reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Traveling from Indianapolis, I had no idea of the amazing change in topography I would witness as I was driving in to Galena. I found myself filled with questions about how this scenery -- so reminiscent of the Finger Lakes area in New York state -- came to be in the mostly-flat Midwest. All of those questions and more were... More

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Pinckneyville, Illinois
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62 reviews 62 reviews
24 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

Anyone who enjoys history should really see this museum. It is very informative and great displays available. Small gift shop is there, too.

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Galena, Illinois
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Lots of information on Grant, but also civil war and it's impact on Galena. Enjoyed the video of Through Lincoln's Eyes. Lots of unique artifacts.

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WI
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5 reviews 5 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

The tour begins with a short presentation, and then is self guided. The museum has lots of interesting displays and artifacts, both about Ulysses Grant and the history of Galena.

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Minnesota, USA
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18 reviews 18 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Well done history presentations of our famous President, his family and life and the importance of Galena in the Civil War.

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Mpls, MN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

This museum was done very well. Enjoyed it so much and learned allot too! Enjoyed Mr. and Mrs Grant's hologram, the mine shaft display, and the art

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South Saint Paul, Minnesota
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2014

The museum was easy to navigate. It provided great information. We learned a great deal about Grant and his family.

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