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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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If you love history and US Grant - You will LOVE this tour!

This is our second trip to Galena. We didn’t get to go on this walking tour last time so we made a... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
MeryMeCo
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Galesburg, Illinois
via mobile
Interesting items in this museum.

This museum includes artifacts of President Grant's family tanning business where he worked in... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
happytraveler2591
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Naples, Florida
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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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  • Very good31%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“mine shaft” (33 reviews)
“civil war” (50 reviews)
“lead mining” (13 reviews)
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211 S Bench St, Galena, IL 61036-2203
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is our second trip to Galena. We didn’t get to go on this walking tour last time so we made a special trip back just to do the tour and we are so happy we did. Bob Bauman does a fantastic job on the...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This museum includes artifacts of President Grant's family tanning business where he worked in Galena for a short time before the civil war among other interesting things from that time period.

Thank happytraveler2591
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Reviewed 1 week ago

After visiting some of the other Galena historical spots, I was hesitant to pay for one more museum, but I'm glad I did! The house is beautiful, full of artifacts from the Civil War and many interesting areas detailing the driftless region and the history...More

Thank Donette Z
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I was totally unaware of the depth and breadth of the items on display. It's an amazing collection, covering not just the Civil War. The museum is wonderful, as are the docents who dress in period costumes.

Thank John H
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well worth an hour or two to peruse the displays and learn more of the remarkable history of this small town. Several important Civil War era artifacts and depth to some of the more well-known names to have fought for the Union side from Galena.

Thank Kevin C
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our tour of the museum began with an impressive hologram welcome by actors portraying Ulysses S. Grant and his wife. The displays were impressive and educational, covering the geologic beginnings of the area, the earliest inhabitants at the end of the ice age, the Native...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We recently enjoyed a busy weekend in Galena. Lots of great eating, shopping, and historical sites. We particularly liked the Grant Walking Tour with Bobby Buman portraying General Grant. Dressed in Civil War military uniform, "Grant" led us to various buildings on Main Street as...More

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Reviewed 23 April 2018 via mobile

This was a very nice stop for us. Fir some reason we couldn't find the Grant home andstoppedhere instead. Very nice helpful staff and a good museum

Thank 2irishtravelers2015
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Reviewed 14 April 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed our visit. There was a lot of information on President Grant, the history of Galena and the Civil war. Well worth the visit

Thank PaulieGirl2013
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Reviewed 11 April 2018

I enjoyed this museum and could have spent a much longer time visiting. Welcome is provided by a holographic animated image of US Grant and his wife. Well done! I particularly enjoyed the displays about Grant's time in the Civil War and the other 7...More

Thank Daniel R K
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