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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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Mansion Tour

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Florissant
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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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Thank Glenn V
Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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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Thank Danelle O
Onalaska, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

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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Thank CatzandMike
New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Thank CathCaseZ
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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Thank beachchick2008
Wheeling, Illinois
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Thank Debra P
Findlay, Illinois
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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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Thank Findlay56
Maryville, Missouri, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The home is amazing and has a rich history. Most of what I've learned, I found out through my own research, not the tour. It is privately owned. There are only a couple original pieces in the house. Most of the house is overloaded with a very vast antique collection of the present owner. The rooms are terribly crowded with... More 

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Thank Dix_M123
Saint Louis, Missouri
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is one of Galena's grandest homes, and it has been restored and filled (in many rooms to the brim) with a mixture of antiques (a priceless Tiffany chandelier set) and bric a brac (garlands, drapes from "Gone with the Wind"). You stand in the hallways (with the exception of the dining room) and peer into the rooms. Some of... More 

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Thank Jerome K
Chicago, Illinois
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10 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

One of the most beautiful house in Galena, it sits in a big lot with a beautiful garden. I did't get to go inside since we got there not in the museum hours. The facade is been renovated so we won't get a beautiful shot.

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