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Old Market House State Historic Site

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Address: 123 N Commerce St, Galena, IL 61036-2209
Phone Number: 815 777 3310
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Vendors peddled their wares at this Greek Revival Market House in the 19th...

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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History Buffs

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Arthur, Illinois
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73 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Old Market House is also Galena's Welcome Center and it is very welcoming. There is a huge collection of Grant items as well as items related to the city. There is a very nice display of items related to the annual Boy Scout Pilgramage in the entrance.

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Thank Sally M
Madison, Wisconsin
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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I liked going here ..it was clean , and inviting and there are displays to see inside the building ...the location is good, parking was fine and it was a nice starting point to our visit of Galena.

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Thank Ainteasy
Chicago
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

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.

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Thank jipsy7497
Iowa
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11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

My family and I have visited The Old Market House several times on our various trips to Galena, and I have found every single time that we go, no one behind the desk will speak to you. There is no greeting when you walk in the door, no questions as to whether you need assistance or advice. Nothing! The ladies... More 

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Thank Sugars4
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2016

Good break from shopping to take another historical tour. You can view the artifacts at your leisure and the staff are there to help answer questions about your trip.

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Thank Elaine H
Wood Dale, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016 via mobile

Come here as your first stop in Galena to grab a bunch of free brochures and local travel magazines! Ladies working are very sweet and helpful. Very cool artifacts, particularly geared toward Ulysses S Grant.

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Thank Familyof4fromChicago
Necedah, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016

What a nice way to start out the day. There were some very cool artifacts. The ladies were well informed and very nice. Also a really nice poster for free! We left a small donation at the door which I would highly recommend doing.

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Thank Sheryl B
Des Moines, IA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2016

There were some really neat historical things here as well as lots of pamphlets and information of the town itself and what to do, where to stay and eateries. The staff helped us with contacting one of the local businesses. They were very friendly.

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Thank deegeegirl
Deer Creek, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

Several personal possessions of General Grant and his wife, Julia. Family pictures as well. Collection of Grant things made through the years to remember him. All simply presented in glass cases. Wondered about humidity controlled concerns with such valuable and old things. Appreciated the collection. Donations. Staff very helpful with advice for it is also a Welcome Center for Galena.

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Thank Steven E
Illinois City, Illinois
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2015

We stopped here first to get information on Main Street Galena. The woman there answered all of our questions, gave up many handouts, and pointed out the things we were interested in. She was very helpful.

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