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Galena / Jo Daviess County Historical Society and Museum

Closed Now: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Open today: 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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Great history

Came to town for the General's Ball and thought a visit to the local history museum would be a good... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Deb P
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Chicago, Illinois
great ime

Loved the place cant wait to return. by the way the views were great. people were nice too and... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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It's worth the climb up the steep stairway to see what's inside this lovely Italianate home built in 1858: an actual lead mine, Civil War memorabilia, items honoring Ulysses S. Grant (including an original painting depicting Robert E. Lee's...more
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211 S Bench St, Galena, IL 61036-2203
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Came to town for the General's Ball and thought a visit to the local history museum would be a good stop beforehand. Very nice displays covering the original inhabitants of the area, mining history, steamboat days, and the generals and other important figures of the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Deb P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Loved the place cant wait to return. by the way the views were great. people were nice too and friendly

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Bobtheboss123
Reviewed November 1, 2018

Excellent information, beautiful displays, tons of artifacts. Found it very interesting and informative. Nice, knowledgeable staff. Recommend!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Sarah T
Reviewed October 28, 2018

The museum is packed with Galena and Grant history. The tour is self guided and begins with a 4D hologram introduction by Ulysses and Julia. After you tour the museum, go into the gift shop and ask about the spooky happenings at the museum.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank travelprincess72
Reviewed October 28, 2018 via mobile

Lovely little town. Enjoyed a walk about to see all the different independent shops. No chains or traditional eating places here. Well worth a stop for a few hours.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Lanzarote_in_March
Reviewed October 11, 2018 via mobile

We stopped here to learn more about galena and general grant. Very nice museum with informative areas about the area, the 9 civil war generals from here and the civil war. The mine shaft was cool.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank DianeC197
Reviewed September 26, 2018

We ended up spending way more time at the museum than we expected. We found it to be very interesting and learned a lot. In addition to the more traditional exhibits, we loved the videos throughout the museum, the view of the mine shaft, and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 8, 2018

Starts out in a comfortable parlor with a 'hologram' video of the Grant's telling about the house the museum is located in. Since it was a hot day, this comfy cool darkened room was just the refreshing we needed. The rest of the museum is...More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank cakelady1964
Reviewed September 4, 2018

A most interesting and detailed account of the entire area. Also a lot of history about Gen Grant and his family. Well worth going.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Pete P
Reviewed September 4, 2018

Our family visited the town of Galena for the first time and made a visit to this museum. It is more than President Grant (and you can visit his house for an in-depth look at his life) but more about the area. Among the exhibits:...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank AndreaM2011
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