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Old Market House State Historic Site

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Great collection of US Grant Artifacts

They have a great collection of General Grant artifacts and memorabilia. Also, it houses the... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Al H
Resourceful and informative

There's a great deal of history packed into this space along with a very helpful staff. Enjoy... read more

Reviewed June 14, 2018
Ottawa, Illinois
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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.
123 N Commerce St, Galena, IL 61036-2209
+1 815-777-3310
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They have a great collection of General Grant artifacts and memorabilia. Also, it houses the welcome center for Galena with information on all of the attractions.

Thank Al H
Reviewed June 14, 2018

There's a great deal of history packed into this space along with a very helpful staff. Enjoy viewing some authentic pieces of history and find brochures for all sorts of area activities and attractions. AND, the building and location have a pretty neat history too!

Thank JCgolf9
Reviewed February 18, 2018

Clean bathroom. The display was interesting for Civil War and local history buffs. Good information place for things to see in the area.

Thank cdhcch
Reviewed October 18, 2017

This is a fun stop while in Galena. The museum houses many interesting things from the area and it is also a place to purchase tickets for various events in town. Our family took the walking tour with Ulysses Grant. Fun time!

Thank Michegirl7
Reviewed October 9, 2017

The Old Market House Historical Site was built in 1846 and was a central part of the community in the early days of Galena. This house is open every day from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM and there is no cost to enter (but they...More

Thank rockyjoe
Reviewed September 9, 2017

Start here when visiting Galena. Lots of information brochures about the area. The best part is the staff at the information center. They take the time to listen to you to discover your interests and make recommendations based on them.

Thank Saturday8
Reviewed August 21, 2017

The Old Market House at 123 North Commerce Street, a block off Main Street in the heart of downtown Galena, has been converted into the Galena Welcome Center and is the place for visitors to start their tour of the historic town. Built in 1845,...More

Thank Taylor B
Reviewed July 21, 2017 via mobile

There are some very good exhibits on the Grant family and the Civil War. (I was amused to see two pair of Mrs. Grant's shoes.). I thought we would spend about 15 minutes but was surprised when we walked out an hour later. Good to...More

Thank Deborah W
Reviewed July 18, 2017

We first visited the Galena Welcome Center because we were looking for a map. The center is in the "Old Market House", a building created during Galena's golden age to rent wagon stalls out to merchants who would sell their wares there. Nowadays, instead of...More

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Reviewed July 3, 2017

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

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Casey C
October 12, 2016|
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9-5 M-Sun according to the City of Galena website.