Old Market House State Historic Site

Old Market House State Historic Site

Old Market House State Historic Site
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Vendors peddled their wares at this Greek Revival Market House in the 19th century, which now hosts changing exhibits, meetings and special events.
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ricard071
Chicago, IL52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Loved the history and the information given out. the people were nice and helpful.
Will try to get back next summer.
Written January 7, 2020
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jipsy7497
Chicago, IL35 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2016 • Family
If you're into Civil War and/or President Grant history, this is a great place to visit. They have a interesting collection of memorabilia,artifacts and paintings and it us free. The staff is very knowledgeable and friendly. They also have tourist information.
Written June 27, 2016
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Nannydd12
Dunlap, IL65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Couples
You should make this your first stop in Galena as there is a wealth of information about the area available to you. Plenty of brochures and pamphlets about all there is to do and see in and around a Galena. There is also displays of historic artifacts and there are people there to answer any questions that you have.
Written July 1, 2014
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t y
Minonk, IL55 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Family
Lots of historical artifacts, ladies working the desk were very helpful and nice. Stop here first and ask about the coupons.
Written June 7, 2014
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL8,761 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2014 • Family
The Old Market House Welcome Center at 123 North Commerce Street is an excellent place to start your visit to historic Galena, Illinois, especially is you are a first-timer. Of course, there is the other tourist information enter located at the Old Railroad Depot at 101 Bouthillier Street. Either way, you get all you need to know to enjoy your visit. We stopped at both. In addition to information regarding travel, parking, entertainment, antiquing, shopping, dining and lodging, the Old Market House also includes an extensive museum dedicated to U.S. Grant and the history of the town. There is an original carriage that Grant used, plus information on other famous people who lived in Galena during the Grant era. This is a town of only 3,500 people that thrives on its history and takes the tourist industry very seriously. How about free parking on Main Street, the hub of virtually everything that happens in the town? If you only have a day and you need a guide to be sure you don't miss anything, they'll arrange one for you. Anything specific you're looking for? They'll do their best to find it for you. And prices are reasonable, if not downright cheap. No tourist gouging here. And there are plenty of public restrooms adjacent to the Market House.
Written May 26, 2014
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Jeanne F
Milwaukee36 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Couples
When I stopped in, the lady manning the place gave me a cold reception. Made me feel like I was intruding rather than welcome. Visitor's center on the east side of the river in the train depot had much more welcoming staff and tons of helpful suggestions for places to visit in Galena.
Written August 31, 2013
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Taylor B
Chicago, IL8,761 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Ordinarily, the place to begin a visit to Galena, Illinois, is the Old Market House, which serves as the historic town's welcome center. Located at 123 North Commerce Street, a block from Main Street, which is Galena's mecca for restaurants and specialty shops and art galleries and boutiques and bookstores, the brick building in the Greek Revival style was built in 1845 and once served as city hall and enclosed a farmer's market. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. In past years, my wife and I always stopped at the welcome center to obtain up-to-date information on events and new restaurants and bed-and-breakfasts and specialty shops and browse through the many historical exhibits, artifacts and memorabilia. So imagine our disappointment when we arrived in Galena for our recent three-day getaway only to discover that the welcome center was closed for "revitalization" with no date for reopening. One thing is for certain: Galena is the kind of town that needs a welcome center to provide tourists with information on what to see and when to see it and where to eat and where to sleep. Surely, the new version of the Old Market House or Galena Welcome Center will provide it. As it always has in the past.
Written August 3, 2022
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srmorgan516
Johnston, IA121 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
The historical artifacts were interesting to view and read about. It was a fairly quick stop but we left with a little more knowledge then we arrived with. The staff was very friendly and helpful. Worth a stop.
Written January 19, 2020
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GiGiWest23
Indianapolis, IN92 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Couples
We had never been to Galena before and This was a great starting point. Got info on trolleys and where to eat. Also a nice exhibit on Grant
Written July 3, 2017
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Laurie O
Weldon150 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Friends
There were more Grant and Civil War items but not as impressive as Grant's Home and the Galena Museum. If you only have time for two sites, skip this one.
Written February 21, 2017
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