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Belvedere Mansion

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Address: 1008 Park Avenue, Galena, IL 61036-2622
Phone Number: 815-777-0747
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Sun - Fri 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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The green drapes from "Gone with the Wind" are one of the many...

The green drapes from "Gone with the Wind" are one of the many interesting items on display at this 22-room Italianate-style home. Built in 1857, the mansion now exhibits period furnishings and also includes items from the estate of flamboyant entertainer Liberace.

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Very interesting

This tour was not very expensive and something a family would find interesting and rewarding. Seeing all the restored items was well worth our time.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Nancy P
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Wisconsin
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18 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I absolutely LOVE historic mansions from the 1800s and this one was advertised as the largest mansion in Galena, but I was disappointed because it was mostly about the current owner's collection of memorabilia and furniture that had nothing to do with this particular era. If you like set props from movies (Gone with the Wind) or furniture owned by... More 

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Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This tour was not very expensive and something a family would find interesting and rewarding. Seeing all the restored items was well worth our time.

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Lake Saint Louis, Missouri
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8 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Neater on the outside than inside. Very beautiful inside but contains way too much "stuff". I felt I was visiting a museum of the owners things instead of an historical home. I do not recall and furnishings of the time period.

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Florissant
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Outside of home is absolutely beautiful. The inside would be as beautiful if there wasn't so much. Would be much better without all the Liberace junk. Takes away from the interior beauty. Many beautiful things to see. Tour guide very good. Would definitely recommend touring the mansion.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I toured this home and enjoyed our visit. Although not a museum it certainly has a lot of interesting pieces on display. If you like antiques, and rare ones at that, this is your place. It was a bit overcrowded for our taste, and our group was too big for most of the spaces. Being art and... More 

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Onalaska, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We truly appreciated the architecture of this building. The tour guides were very knowledgeable. The owners (who shall remain nameless as they are often referred to as the couple this or couple that...) keep their eclectic collection of movie/celebrity items and many many other collectibles and oddities. Would have liked to learn more about the original owners life & times.... More 

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2016

My daughter and I enjoyed the tour of this home on a Monday morning. Like the President Grant home, the people moved us through quickly. Impressive was the home and decor...especially if you like old historic homes. The tour was about one hour in length total and the docents very knowledgeable and helpful.

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1 Thank CathCaseZ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2016

The tour of the mansion was very interesting. I love hearing about history and to see it so well per served makes it that more exciting.

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Wheeling, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2016

OK, there is a lot of cool and amazing stuff in this house, and I mean A LOT. This is a private house and they charge $12,75 to take the tour. But I can't call it historical really, there is a bit about the hand off the house from this owner to that, and the current owner is a huge... More 

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Findlay, Illinois
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2016

This is an old mansion, but not a restored mansion. All the wood work has been painted. The furnishings are not true to the period. 2 collectors have put so many of there collections in it they have ruined the looks of the home. There are things from movie sets, rare furniture, a Tiffany light, etc. There is so much... More 

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