Ulysses S. Grant Home

Ulysses S. Grant Home, Galena: Hours, Address, Ulysses S. Grant Home Reviews: 4.5/5

Ulysses S. Grant Home
4.5
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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This Italianate-style brick house, with original furnishings, looks very much as it did in 1865 when a group of townspeople presented it as a gift to Ulysses S. Grant on his victorious return from the Civil War.
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Thomas_Jerome
Algonquin, IL224 contributions
Even though our tour guide was hilariously badly-mannered AND poorly-informed, I really liked spending time in the Grant home and seeing the other exhibits on the grounds, particularly the "Pets of the Presidents" exhibit! The view of Galena from the Julia Dent sculpture on the west side of the premises was especially pleasant too. Will be back...hopefully with a different tour guide leading, this time.
Written July 3, 2022
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RMNPLover
Illinois78 contributions
Definitely worth the time! Our guide was delightful and we enjoyed the house tour with her very much. You can also tour the grounds and some smaller buildings and exhibits by yourself. They request a $5 donation per person.
Written June 15, 2021
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WImom
Fond du Lac, WI2,339 contributions
Due to Covid, there are only five tours per day with a maximum of 16 people per tour. Unable to view the top floor with the bedrooms due to covid. Suggest to park across the street about half-hour prior to tour. When you see people start to line up near the front porch, then get in line also. Tour guide gives a talk outside and tells you what is important in each room. Then, you are allowed to go in, one family group at a time. When a family group moves on the next room, then another group is allowed to go in so there is no congregating. Masks required. Talk plus a walk through of the lower level took 20 minutes total. Have always wanted to see the house but wish we cold have seen the upper level. Toilets are behind the house. 90% of the furnishings are original from the Grant family. Donation of $5 per person requested.
Written September 20, 2020
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Lynda P
Huntley, IL1 contribution
Waiting a half an hour in the blazing 92 degree sun to be ushered thru the first floor of Grant’s house only (not enough ventilation to see the upstairs) is frankly hardly worth it. The house is air conditioned, but you are in it for all of 7 minutes at best. You will wait for this sweltering half an hour, sweat pouring your back, when the docent cheerfully appears to gather you for the tour on the lawn. You might think you are going to be taken out of the sweltering sun before you drop,but NO, the docent proceeds to give a 12 minute long talk about the Grants. The talk was wonderful- funny, informative and comprehensive but when delivered on the lawn, I feared for the elderly persons in the other groups. This is not a well thought out way to conduct a tour at all. They have these oddly staggered times so that people end up stuck standing out in the hot sun, or I guess the pelting rain because you can not reserve a time to see the house. Only 16 folks are allowed at a time with social distancing between groups and proper mask wearing. It really wasn’t worth it.However, the docents were all very nice.They either need a tented waiting area with seating,a reservation system or more frequent tour times so you only are waiting for a brief period.
Written August 26, 2020
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Dewayne P
Elizabethtown, KY1,717 contributions
This was a well-preserved historic house. There is parking across the street with stairs leading up to the house. They do tours every 15 minutes or so with a suggested donation. The tour provides history of President Grant and his family, the home itself, and several of the objects in the home. It is definitely worth stopping by if you are in the area.
Written July 14, 2021
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AmberLucky13
Chicago112 contributions
Couples
This is a great historical spot in Galena that is underrated. I'd recommend making this your first stop for your first morning in Galena since it can get crowded if groups are large. Tours are short and free but they do invite you to donate if you can at the end of the tour. I do think they need improvements on their tour. This would include educating their tour guides on the slave background of Ulysses S. Grant and family. The tour guide was unsure each time I asked but could be hesitation not to make other tour visitors upset but I think its important to our US history to acknolwedge the good and the bad. They also should do a historical paint analysis on the home to see if they can find the true colors of the wall which was evident that they had not done so yet according to the tour guide. If you have the opportunity, take time to stroll the grounds. The house has a great view of downtown Galena.
Written September 23, 2021
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Melissa Annie G
Champaign, IL178 contributions
Couples
The majority of this home’s furnishings are original. That is unusual for a museum home like this. As a history teacher, I appreciate the care that Galena takes in keeping the home preserved and staffed.

The staff were very friendly, helpful and knowledgeable.

The self- guided tour takes only about 20 minutes if you take time to read and ask questions. Good social distance was practiced. They only allow 16 visitors at a time and stagger entrance into the home. So get in line about 15-20 before tour time if other people are arriving. Tours are every hour. We went at 2:30.

When we were there the general store museum was closed. There is a nice picnic area next to the larger parking lot. There is limited parking and handicap parking closer to the home. It is on a hill and there are stairs. There is a ramp to use if needed, but you may have to ask for assistance from staff since there are COVID restrictions with the number of people entering.
Written August 13, 2020
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Shea V
Manchester, MI212 contributions
This was a very interesting tour and it was nice to be able to go upstairs in the house. The guides were knowledgeable and friendly. Sadly, not much in the house is original to the Grant family. Admission fee is a suggested donation. The outbuildings of the house have some interesting displays including Pets of the Presidents and rocks painted with the presidents and first ladies.
Written June 30, 2021
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srmorgan516
Johnston, IA121 contributions
Family
This is a quick tour through a historic home. Many items were owned by the Grant family. My family enjoyed viewing the historic pieces and learning more about the life back then. Free will donation for tour but suggested costs were $5 for adults and $3 for children I believe. The guide was knowledgeable and guided us through the lower level of the home. The top floor was self guided. Grounds were beautiful with several things to explore outside.
Written January 25, 2020
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MidwestLiketoTravel
Midwest373 contributions
We were wise to check the website before traveling. Limited availability means book on Eventbrite early. This is a great glimpse into 19th century history. The guides were very informative and knowledgable. For example, when asked, they knew what house Grant inhabited when he returned to Galena before the Civil War. The grounds are on the high point east of Galena so you can enjoy pretty views year-round. The statue of Mrs. Grant is not a great portrayal, but it does honor her nonetheless. Be sure to check out the paintings throughout the house - and ask to see the bronze bath tub (complete with drain) in the back of the kitchen.
Written May 16, 2021
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