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Address: 1008 Park Avenue, Galena, IL 61036-2622
Phone Number: 815-777-0747
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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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Cluttered and crowded - and kind of pricey

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... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Debra P
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Wheeling, Illinois
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New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week 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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3 attraction reviews
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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 2 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 2 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 2 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 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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Thank Cintia P
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

$12 for a simple 30 minute tour of an old house that is filled with a random collection of old stuff is a wast of money. Photography was not allowed. The whole mansion was not open to the public - only two floors. The place was really shallow when it came to talking about historic Galena. Don't wast your time... More 

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Thank Warren W
Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Beautiful mansion with lots of interesting Galena history along with tons of other artifacts from the owners.

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Schaumburg
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

is what this mansion is now known as. Beautiful home with a lot of history. Great for architecture, antique, and history fanatics. We were bummed that we didn't get to go to the top floor due to fire codes. You can also purchase a combo package and see the Dowling House.

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