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Galena / Jo Daviess County Historical Society and Museum

211 S Bench St, Galena, IL 61036-2203
+1 815-777-9129
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Interesting Museum

The Galena/Joe Daviess County Historical Society and Museum is an interesting museum and is located... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
rockyjoe
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
More than I expected

We received free tickets to this from our hotel, and went to the museum. It had a lot more to... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Mike H
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Waterloo, Iowa
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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 surrender to Grant), plus other historical articles from Galena and Jo Daviess County.
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211 S Bench St, Galena, IL 61036-2203
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+1 815-777-9129
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Galena/Joe Daviess County Historical Society and Museum is an interesting museum and is located near the center of downtown Galena, Illinois. Just walk up the hill from Main Street to Bench Street and you will find it. This museum tells the history of Galena...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

We received free tickets to this from our hotel, and went to the museum. It had a lot more to see than I expected. It was interesting to see the old lead mine as a visual. They are currently working on building a scale model...More

Thank Mike H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was an enjoyable museum, quite informative about the city and some of its most prominent citizens. Learn aout the lead mines that brought Europeans to the area, about the impact of the Civil War, about Galena's decline after the railroads came through and its...More

Thank Michael D
Reviewed 16 September 2017 via mobile

The museum allows visitors to learn about the Galena area. As tourists you see the beauty of the town but so much formed this area and it's history which people don't understand. I think this museum should be advertised more so that people will stop...More

Thank Dreamingone
Reviewed 11 September 2017

This is a treasure trove of interesting history. Definitely plan time for this. Well worth it. Nice gift shop too.

Thank set2go52
Reviewed 9 September 2017

The first floor is all about Galena including a 30 foot mine. The second floor tells about Grant and has information about the generals that came from Galena. They have some good books in the gift shop.

Thank loriandgerald
Reviewed 5 September 2017

Very formative museum about Historic Galena's past. Starting with Civil War President Ulysses Grant to the Lead Iron Mines to the Steam boats that delivered the Lead as well as the decline of usage to steamboats. Has actually self portrait paintings of Ulysses Grant which...More

Thank Art J
Reviewed 2 September 2017

This is a must if you are a history buff!We learned much about Grant and his contributions to our country's history..

Thank 462billiew
Reviewed 27 August 2017 via mobile

A great museum for history lovers and others looking for information about the area. Located one block behind main street but easy to find by following the museum signs located on a few buildings. Admission cost was ten dollars donation to the historical society, well...More

Thank beachliker
Reviewed 22 August 2017

On a hot summer day, it can be an exhausting walk to the Galena/Joe Daviess County Historical Society and Museum at 211 South Bench Street. But it's worth every step. Established in 1938, the museum educates visitors on the history of U.S. Grant, Galena, the...More

Thank Taylor B
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