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Address: 220 Diagonal St., Galena, IL 61036
Phone Number: 815-777-1250
11:00 am - 4:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

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Great historical house

A fun hour long your if history in Galena. It's easy to imagine how people lived in the 1850s from this house. The furnishings and the shop items seem like authentic replicas... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Darlene K
Barrington, Illinois
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Brooklyn, Iowa
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13 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The house has potential, however our guide was very abrupt, not very kind, and somewhat scary. We might have enjoyed more of this tour had we not been a little put off by being locked in and her telling us if we need out we'd have to wait till she could make her way there. Her health wasn't the best... More 

Thank dsmith2298
Racine, Wisconsin
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14 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very fascinating. Great for history buffs. You'll learn things you would've never known about how people lived in the early years. Was really nice to see.

Thank James L
Barrington, Illinois
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

A fun hour long your if history in Galena. It's easy to imagine how people lived in the 1850s from this house. The furnishings and the shop items seem like authentic replicas. Great fun. Not good for people with limited mobility.

Thank Darlene K
Madison, Wisconsin
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7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

it was very interesting to tour this home , the guide was not to friendly though..........but she was informative....there is two floors ...the first area in the lower level you will see alot of older things in regard to being creative and production from many years ago..the upper level shows bedrooms and the living area and that was very interesting... More 

Thank Ainteasy
West Bend, Wisconsin
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11 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

I was hesitant to tour this historical house at first, due to the mixed and poor reviews. My husband and I did take the 30 min tour which was led by the NEW manager, Anna. (1st week on the job?) I was actually impressed with her pleasant demeanor (unlike previous posts regarding rudeness of the former tour guide) and her... More 

Thank atvgirl
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21 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2016

First of all, I bought the combined ticket for the Dowling House and the Belvedere Mansion. While taking out my credit card, I was told there would be a 3% service charge on my purchase. REALLY! Your credit card charge is just the price of doing business with the general public. The tour consists of one downstairs room fill only... More 

1 Thank horseshowmom
Des Moines, Iowa
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314 reviews
114 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

Walked by this several times a day. It looked fascinating, but alas, I'll never know because it was NOT open!!!

Thank auvoir
Joliet, Illinois
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15 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2016

The house is very small, and the tour is very short. They do show you alot of artifacts from the era. Not sure if this would appeal to all types of people.

Thank elizabeth m
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2016

The tour guide was knowledgeable, friendly, and gave a good experience. We enjoyed touring an original house. The ghost stories were fun.

1 Thank Christine R
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56 reviews
21 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016 via mobile

Had a great time here seeing the oldest house in Galena. Love the history. I wish houses now a days were built the way houses were built back then. So nice and still in tacked!!

Thank Sheryl D

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