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Galena / Jo Daviess County Historical Society and Museum

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Address: 211 S Bench St, Galena, IL 61036
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+1 815-777-9129
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09:00 - 16:30
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 16:30
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It's worth the climb up the steep stairway to see what's inside this lovely...

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 surrender to Grant), plus other historical articles from Galena and Jo Daviess County.

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Be sure to see the mine shaft!!

Lots to learn about Galena, mining and the Civil War! Ask for a copy of the Walking Tour of Galena, it had more history about all the surrounding buildings! Well worth the $10... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 days ago
Laurie O
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Weldon
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Weldon
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Lots to learn about Galena, mining and the Civil War! Ask for a copy of the Walking Tour of Galena, it had more history about all the surrounding buildings! Well worth the $10 adult admission !

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Thank Laurie O
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

For those wanting the excitement of a nice time window shopping or just taking in the old historic buildings, the Galena downtown district is a very nice sight to see and take pictures. There are so many little stores with many different types of shopping options. If your coming from a great distance and need a place to stay I... More 

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Thank Jeff L
Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Nancy the 'host' and gift shop attendant is amazing! We really enjoyed our time with her - - husband and I thought we would have REALLY enjoyed the museum had she been our tour guide. But, as it was, we navigated the building on our own and really enjoyed the time we spent doing so. Anyone who appreciates a beautiful... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The original “Peace in Union” oil painting depicting Lee’s surrender to Grant at Appomatox in 1865 is at the museum along with Grant's contents from his leather tanning store. I need to go back after reading "American Ulysses" by Ronald White. Grant is underappreciated for his role as President and his advancement of Civil Rights in a post-slavery America.

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Thank kander-family
Wheaton, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

So much to look at that is very interesting. I didn't realize that we had been there for 2 hrs. The hologram is cool. The original Appomattox civil war painting is so immense and interesting to look at. If you like history this is a good place to go.

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Thank debraguenther
Channahon, Illinois
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

Beautiful building! The hologram wasn't working at all and the displays are ok. Small museum, didn't take long to walk through it at all. Not sure it's worth the entrance fee.

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Thank Chmsak
Morton, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

Galena is a delightful historical town with a lot of places to eat. The shopping experience is especially awesome with very helpful staff. Even if you do not like to shop there is a lot to do & see. The river walk is a good place to enjoy the out doors.

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Thank schwach3
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2016

Cool, historic building houses a small museum dedicated to the history of Galena and some emphasis on the Civil War. Particularly enjoyed the ancient history section about the glaciers and the way they shaped (didn't shape) the area of Galena. Upstairs is dedicated to Civil War items and objects from that era. Second floor also has a cool viewing area... More 

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Hull, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

So we were staying at the Stillman Inn and 2 kidney doctors from Japan checked in and explained that they were in Chicago for a conference but wanted to come early so that they could visit this museum because they were curious about lead. So we had to visit and were delighted that we did. A bit of this and... More 

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Bolingbrook, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2016

We enjoyed the history presented here. Many original artifacts and stories about the town and Grant. Three outstanding historical paintings are housed here.

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