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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 #6 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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San Juan, Puerto Rico
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16 reviews 16 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014 NEW

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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106 reviews 106 reviews
18 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014 NEW

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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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

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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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014 NEW

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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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Incredible Collection. Look for US Grant's cigar and the painting in the upper hallway. Fun lead mine to look into as well.

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Byron Center, MI
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47 reviews 47 reviews
20 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

This is a small, home grown Museum with many interesting things about Galena and General Grant. We enjoyed it. We didn't know much about the history of the area and it gave us a good overview of it's early settling and General Grant's life. People are friendly and helpful. Price is very reasonable...$7. You can park nearby, then walk down... More

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Nice collection of civil war items especially as related to service of Grant. Geological displays as well

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Illinois
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

This is a great little museum where you can learn about the history of Galena and US Grant. It will really make your visit much richer if you understand why this little town even exists. Great stop for history buffs!

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