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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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Lots of History Here!

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!

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 4, 2015
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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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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 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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Stillwater, Minnesota
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

We enjoyed perusing all the displays and information available at the Museum. Lots of info on President Grant. I learned a lot, I did not know about him. Good choice for a museum.

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El Paso, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

So much to take in. Learning about Grant, wife and family. Amazing that he was only 5'8" as the photos depict him looking taller. Large paintings, the jewels to see. So many unique treasures to see. Worth the time for a stroll off the main path.

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La Crosse, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

Start with the intro from Grant and his wife - very cute! Take your time looking at the exhibits and you'll see some interesting things. Of course the highlight is the large painting upstairs - a must to see and the crown jewel in the museum's collection - worth the hike up the stairs!

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Iowa
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

My daughter and I stopped by right after the museum opened. Get there early as parking on the side street is limited. We watched the hologram of Mr and Mrs Grant introduce themselves. We explored where the mine shaft was located and looked at the museum exhibits.

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

This quirky but wonderful little museum is housed in an old mansion off the main drag, but holds countless treasures and displays. Tries to portray many different facets of Jo Daviess county and Galena, from the drift less aspect (the glaciers passed Galena by and created the very hilly terrain), to the lead mining era, which made Galena more populous... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

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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Additional Information about Galena / Jo Daviess County Historical Society and Museum

Address: Address: 211 S Bench St, Galena, IL 61036
Phone Number: 815 777 9129
Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Galena
Open Hours:
Sunday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Monday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Tuesday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Wednesday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Thursday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm
Saturday 9:00 am - 4:30 pm

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