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Dowling House

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Address: 220 Diagonal St, Galena, IL 61036-2241
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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Oldest home in Galena

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2016
Madison, Wisconsin
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Madison, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016

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 

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West Bend, Wisconsin
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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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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 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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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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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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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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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

the tour is outstanding you'll be amaze at what you'll learn!. and we also did the old time photos... it was so much fun..she made us at ease.. to do the saloon girls scene.

Thank Kate W
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I went to the Dowling House for the tour, which we were so mad we didn't do, and for the old time photos. The lady was rude, and the pictures were terrible. They were over exposed, several were crooked, and when I got home, thank goodness we got the CD, I had to fix them on my... More 

1 Thank Casey T
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 29, 2016

The house is viewable from the street. Lots of parking available on the street during our winter visit.

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