Dowling House
Dowling House
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11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Christina B
Louisiana2,488 contributions
May 2022 • Couples
Oldest house is Galena built in 1826, has a great tour guide & dog :) She’s very knowledgeable of its past and brings you along on its journey over time. Outside of the main room downstairs, there’s 2 rooms, a kitchen & eating area on the second floor. It was once a Trading Post along with a residence back in its day. There’s many items relating to its time period along with pottery and other items. Her older dog followed us around to each room and tried to nap.
Written May 29, 2022
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contebreier
West Salem, WI6 contributions
Oct 2021 • Friends
Built in the 1820s, the oldest house in Galena. Our guide,Jule,was passionate in weaving the stories of early families of the town.She really brought it to life. I even found an old furniture piece to buy in the shop.Well worth the visit!
Written October 22, 2021
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Phillip
Chicago, IL149 contributions
Sep 2020
Lots of history here and the building is historical. The guide we had was very knowledgeable about everything in the house and pointed things out quite often with lots to say about it. A great place to go to learn some things and check out the inside of the property.
Written September 21, 2020
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WImom
Fond du Lac, WI2,339 contributions
Sep 2020
Oldest house in Galena. Six people in our tour group. Social distanced maintained. Guide wore mask. Bought a joint ticket for $20 for Dowling House and Belvidere House. At this location, you need to pay cash or else, they will add on 4%. Small gift shop. Guide gave an interesting tour. It appears that they give tours as people arrive and not a stated time. Photos allowed.
Written September 20, 2020
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RandyRoss
Ridgetown, Canada11,124 contributions
Jul 2022
We purchased the combined ticket of Belvedere House and Dowling House, thinking that Belvedere would be the gem. We were wrong. The tour of Dowling House was ever so much more interesting. Our guide was very knowledgeable and the tour was very hands on. We even had a cute and friendly dog to pet.
This is the oldest house in Galena, built in 1826 and was originally a trading post on the main level with living quarters upstairs.
Written July 31, 2022
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Jessica R
1 contribution
Aug 2022 • Family
SUCH a fun experience. You need to go on a Dowling house ghost tour while staying here in Galena. Your guides make the entire trip such a exciting journey. Explore one of the oldest towns in Illinois while hearing scary but fun real ghost stories witnessed where you’re standing.
Written August 6, 2022
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Ratazana
Slinger, WI14 contributions
Sep 2021
Don't let the outside or small size deceive you. Tour covers a lot about this founding family's multi-generational contributions to the community. Interesting artefacts from windlasses and lead-mine tools, to furniture (Rope beds!) and household items.
Written September 8, 2021
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OldStuff1944
Rockford2 contributions
Skip the unfriendly Belvedere home. The tour guides at the Dowling house are fantastic and the home is very impressive.
Written May 29, 2009
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Bill H
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States1 contribution
Sep 2014 • Couples
We stopped here at about 11.10am yesterday after it's purported 11am opening. Sign said "open" and the lights were on but the place was locked up tighter than a drum. After waiting around for about 5 minutes we gave up left.

Later we went to the Belvedere Mansion and they wanted to sell us a combo ticket for it and the Dowling House. We explained that we had already tried to see it and declined to buy the combo given the unreliability of the open hours. The docent called over there and found out that someone was a half hour late for work yesterday morning. My suggestion would be to not buy the combo tickets unless you're sure the place is open and ready for business.
Written September 9, 2014
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sue7757
Sussex, WI24 contributions
Jul 2011 • Friends
We tour many old homes and still learned things at the Dowling House we have never heard before. The guide was personable, friendly and full of interesting information. I definitely recommend this tour.
Written July 14, 2011
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  • Sun - Sat 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM