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Ryan Mansion Tours
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Owner description: Visit the Ryan Mansion for an entertaining tour of Victorian Life in the 1800s. Galena's largest historic mansion, with well over 9,000 square feet of luxury details. Ruby glass windows oriented to the Summer Solstice, 12 fireplaces, 9 servant's bells, etc.
Reviewed March 22, 2012

Not your usual tour! We were greeted by the "maid" of this Victorian mansion and we had apparently been invited to attend the ball given for the young lady of the house who was turning 16. We became a part of history as we toured the house and learned many interesting things about Victorian life. The house was amazing by itself and the tour was delightfully entertaining. We highly recommend this if you visit Galena! (You may want to bring your calling card, and be sure to fold it in half!)

1  Thank IowaGozzie
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Reviewed January 29, 2012

2 couples went on the Ryan Mansion Candlelight Tour on Friday, January 27th. We were the only ones on the tour, beginning our tour by ringing the doorbell and being greeted by the 'Butler'. The butler did a great job of explaining calling cards and just the overall excitement that would have been felt in the home as the preparations were being done as guests arrived in anticipation of the 16th birthday party dance. We enjoyed looking around the rooms and seeing day to day items (such as how the bells were rung to let the servants know which room needed attention). Part of the tour was done by a 'maid'. We were able to look into some of the rooms since not all of them were rented during our visit. I was shocked that this truly was a 'candlelight' tour, using real tapered candles. It certainly gave us a glimpse into reality of how dark it can be without electricity.

We spent some time after the tour talking with the guide. The butler was actually the owner of the home. While some of the reviews expressed that the home is in need of repair, the guides shared important information of what is going on with the home. The home was vacant for 8 years and sustained significant water damage. The owners have worked very hard to try to restore this 9,000 sq ft home to it's original grandeur. I am amazed at some of the beautiful pieces in the home. Rather than expect perfection in the grounds and the home, I truly appreciate their desire to save the 'Grand Ol' Lady'. I would recommend this tour due to it being done by people who seem to really care about history.

The cost of the tour was $10.75. We found it worthwhile to learn the history of this home and information about that era. I'd love to go back if the ballroom is ever restored :)

1  Thank jwachs
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Reviewed November 26, 2011

First impression was outside was not kept in good repair. Although we were there in November, the grounds seemed not to be taken care off. Overgrown weeds, etc.

The tour was interesting and the guides were good. They knew the history well and states in character.

Tour seemed sort for the $50 plus price tag. We toured with another family of 3, which made things crowded as we toured.

5  Thank Jclark1027
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Reviewed July 5, 2009

We paid for a tour of the Ryan Mansion for two it totaled $21.50.I did not time the tour but it may have lasted 15-20 minutes and we really did not get to see the entire mansion as they are restoring some of it .It also serves as a bed and breakfast which we did see one room that is used as a bed and breakfast,but the inn really did not appear very clean .I have stayed at several bed and breakfasts and as it is right now ,I would not book a room there.It is also located at the edge of town not near the historic main street area.The common areas on the first floor were OK but the entry appeared very dark and the carpet could stand to be cleaned.Very dissapointed in the tour !

8  Thank psa954
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