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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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History at its best

This was a very nice stop for us. Fir some reason we couldn't find the Grant home andstoppedhere... read more

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2irishtravelers2015
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Galway, Ireland
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Informative visit

We enjoyed our visit. There was a lot of information on President Grant, the history of Galena and... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
PaulieGirl2013
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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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.
  • Excellent63%
  • Very good31%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“mine shaft” (33 reviews)
“civil war” (47 reviews)
“lead mining” (12 reviews)
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211 S Bench St, Galena, IL 61036-2203
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+1 815-777-9129
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"lead mining"
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"general grant"
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"his wife"
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"gift shop"
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"interesting displays"
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"worth the entrance fee"
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"main street"
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"self guided"
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"president grant"
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"tour begins"
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"second floor"
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"love history"
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Reviewed today 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 1 week ago 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 1 week ago

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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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are into history this is a must. This small treasure is located one block above Main Street on Bench Street. The museum is housed in a magnificent old home once owned by one of the town’s most prominent citizens. Make sure you note...More

Thank NWRob
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a treasure. This museum if full of wonderful things to see. They have loads of historical items to see. They have managed to weave in technology in the form of a holograph of Grant and his wife. There are also other short films on...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The name for this Museum is now known as the GALENA & U.S. GRANT MUSEUM. A VERY appropriate name as the Museum is loaded with many Civil War displays as with Lincoln and Gen. Grant. The Museum offers a unique way to introduce visitors by...More

Thank Ron A
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Reviewed 23 January 2018

Museum was adequately provided the educational tools needed to give Galenas original historical background as well as geographical foundation. We spent a good deal of time here despite its smaller size!

Thank Deb S
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Reviewed 27 November 2017

The Galena/ Jo Daviess County Historical Society operates the Galena & U.S. Grant Museum. It is on Bench St. and it is only a short stair climb from Main St. to Bench St. It may not be as large as a big city museum, but...More

Thank Allen21096
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Reviewed 22 November 2017

I love history so this was a great stop for me! There was a video intro and then the rest of the tour is self guided. I really enjoyed being able to go at my pace and all the information that they had collected. The...More

Thank Star S
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Reviewed 22 November 2017

The docent who introduced us to what we'd see was fantastic! She did a great job! We learned so much there!

Thank 1971peace
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