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Galena / Jo Daviess County Historical Society and Museum

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Address: 211 S Bench St, Galena, IL 61036
Phone Number: +1 815-777-9129
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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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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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Morton, Illinois
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Morton, Illinois
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10 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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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Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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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Grandville, Michigan
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a great museum and it is packed full of interesting artifacts and lots of things to see. It starts with a hologram show of Ulysses S Grant and his wife introducing you to the town of Galena which is quite interesting. The main floor is dedicated to the history of Galena and the history of mining in the... More 

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Ann Arbor
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I am very happy that my hotel package included a ticket to this museum, because I found it interesting and well designed.

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Clear Lake, MN
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Located a street above Main, a short walk up a few stairs, the museum is a must for history buffs and is a great introduction to local geology and history. Lead mining and its impact on the area is explored. There is an actual mine shaft on site. The 9 local Civil War generals place in history is explained. There... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

From a view into a real lead mine shaft to examination of many antique maps, this has a lot to enjoy in a small space. Friendly and helpful stall.

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

My bride and I came to Galena for the first time ... we had friends who told us how amazing and special Gelena, IL was! We enjoy US history and did not realize the historical gem Galena was! This museum brought all that to life and more! The man at the Main Street welcome center stop brought to light the... More 

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Chillicothe, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

This historic site is well worth the price of admission. The number of locals that accompanied General Grant that fought in the Civil War was unknown to me.

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