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Galena / Jo Daviess County Historical Society and Museum

Address: 211 S Bench St, Galena, IL 61036
Phone Number: 815 777 9129
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Ranked #3 of 14 Attractions in Galena
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Museums
Owner description: It's worth the climb up the steep stairway to see what's inside this lovely Italianate home built...
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Type: History Museums, Museums
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
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.

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Ridgetown
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

We enjoyed our tour of this museum and learned a lot about former President Grant. There was quite a bit of information available about both Grant and the town of Galena but one had to take the time to read through it. The holographic display on entering was entertaining but not particularly informative, However, the actual displays while less entertaining,... More 

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KEWASKUM
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10 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Because I was using a walker the day we visited I was unable to take the stairs to see exhibits there; they graciously allowed us to deduct my admission price. Curator was knowledgeable, engaging and clearly (and deservedly) proud; gave us some personal attention which was unexpected and appreciated.

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Northfield, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

I think this museum has a lot of potential. There are some very interesting displays, but many of the descriptions are too hard to read, what with small print and poor lighting. There was also some renovation going on, which was a bit disruptive in terms of noise and displacement of some things. When we first entered the museum welcome... More 

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Michigan
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29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Enjoyed learning about the history of this area and Grant's ties to it. Includes an original mine shaft and hologram display of Grant and his wife sharing history too. Quite interesting for this small town!

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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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10 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

You start out with a welcome introduction by actors playing General and Mrs. Grant. This is a museum about the civil war and the Galena Economy. It was a great way to understand the history of the town.

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Wilmette, Illinois
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

Much to see on a brief visit. Staff very helpful and tons of brochures to answer your own questions in detail.

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MENOMONEE FALLS
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

This small museum is packed full of interesting historical artifacts from the area. Did you know that Abraham Lincoln stood on the balcony of the downtown hotel to give a speech. And the hotel is still operating today!

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

The mine shaft exhibit part of the museum was neat. I came to Galena on country Fair days. Too crowded at Grant Park so we went to the museum. Very neat museum with a lot of exhibits. I recommend to all people. All people.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

I find history museums to be boring a lot of the time, but this one was not. There is quite a bit of reading involved but the content was written in an engaging and colorful manner. The stories evolve and carry the visitor through the various ebbs and flows of Galena history. I liked the collection of artifacts too, particularly... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014 via mobile

It was worth the small entrance fee to see this historical painting - $7.00 senior rate. Many interesting Civil War facts but not enough time to read it all. Well kept museum and shows the pride Galena has in the part their town played in the war.

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