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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 #3 of 16 attractions in Galena
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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Schaumburg
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Very friendly and very knowledgeable. They gave me the information They gave me other suggestions on what to see.

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Monroe, Wisconsin
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 6, 2014

Some of my best childhood AND adult memories involve Galena. We went there all the time as kids, sloppily eating caramel apples on the sidewalk. I got engaged at a bed and breakfast there. I had the best day of my life in Galena. I mean...Galena. Touristy? Sure. But charming nevertheless.

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Norfolk, Connecticut
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014 via mobile

We loved this town, the sites, food, people, history. You name it Galena Il has it. If you love history, historic buildings,and National treasures Galenea is a must!!!!!!!

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La Salle, Illinois
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23 reviews 23 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2014

The house itself is very cool! They did a Hologram presentation with President Grant and his wife that was very entertaining. There is also a room you can go in to view an actual Lead mine shaft. Upstairs there are more artifacts from the War of 1812 and the Civil war and artifacts from the early times in Galena. A... More

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Chicago, Illinois
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106 reviews 106 reviews
26 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2014

One expects local "historical museums" to be quiet, dusty affairs, heavily populated with 1920s moth collections and long-departed mayors.The Galena/Jo Daviess Museum, though, shatters such stereotypes with a lively, informative and very unexpected celebration of history. Galena has several sets of steep steps from Main Street upwards. The Museum is one level up (afterwards, walk to the top...what a view!)... More

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Normal, Illinois
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3 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2014

Amazing holographic introduction to a gem that beat out the Smithsonian to acquire the stunning painting, "Surrender at Appomattox." Folks from history buffs to bored teenagers will enjoy this museum.

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Illinois 50-something
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18 reviews 18 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

If you appreciate history, I highly advise visiting this museum. I feel that the $8/person admission charge was reasonable. The 7 minute movie featuring hologram actor likenesses of Ulysses and Julia Grant is a great introduction to the tour. It houses some very interesting artifacts and short videos of Galena's early mining beginnings, the Civil War and US Grant, including... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014 via mobile

Had the best time ever. Went to places I would never have gone if I didn't take this tour. Love the driver very friendly and helpful guide

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

My husband and I love galena at Christmas time. It is a beautiful place and if you're lucky enough to be in it while snow was falling it's magical. The shops are fun to walk through and if you get a chance to go to the chocolate shop totally do it it's amazing. The wine tasting is fun to do... More

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Galena, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

The most amazing & unusual thing about this museum is the sitting room you will meet Ulysses & Julia Grant! They will talk to you & interact with each other. Full Life-Size Grants...the kicker is they are Halograms. It's just a terrific afternoon's entertainment before lunching @ Embe's on Main!

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