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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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My husband surprised me with a two-night stay for my 40th birthday. We had such a wonderful time I... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Solon, Iowa
Very interesting place

I did not know much about Galena, U.S. Grant or the surrounding area until this visit. This museum... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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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.
  • Excellent62%
  • Very good32%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible0%
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“mine shaft” (30 reviews)
“civil war” (40 reviews)
“lead mining” (10 reviews)
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211 S Bench St, Galena, IL 61036-2203
+1 815-777-9129
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Reviewed 5 days ago

My husband surprised me with a two-night stay for my 40th birthday. We had such a wonderful time I was planning our next trip on the way home. Susan and Don’s warm hospitality and amazing breakfast was simply the best. Our room was quiet, spacious,...More

Thank lmallicoat
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I did not know much about Galena, U.S. Grant or the surrounding area until this visit. This museum was full of information as well as lots of pictures and artifacts. It is not a large place and does not take a very long time to...More

Thank HikerEllie
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I've visited many historical museum all over the U.S. This one is trying hard for a small historical society in a basically rural area. They have pamphlets that explained they are trying to relocate closer to the Grant House. If you truly love history there...More

Thank Annette R
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lots of interesting displays and stories however the hologram intro needs to be improved plus some of the videos are fuzzy. I really enjoy history so I did enjoy all of the information I was able to gleen from the museum, but it really does...More

Thank loftenx5
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great little museum explaining the history of Galena and the area. Quite surprised at the quality of the artifacts and the modern way in which the museum tells the unique story of this once river town.

Thank RMWinters
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went there after reading in an article about Galena as one of the most beautiful small town in IL and we couldn't agree more. The downtown is so charming but the cars parked in front of the stores kinda ruin the picture. Buildings are...More

Thank TheSusilos
Reviewed 15 July 2017

Great museum. Spent about 3 hours learning about Galena and Grant. Wonderful picture of Lee's surrender. However, the lighting needs to be better so that the entire picture can be seen without glare.

1  Thank TricaSte
Reviewed 11 July 2017

There is a charge for this museum but the quality of the historical articles is amazing. Tons of history about the civil war.

Thank Tom B
Reviewed 3 July 2017

Our receptionist was dressed in period dress and was lovely. nice video at the begining and 3 levels to explore. Would have stayed a bit longer but had others ready to leave. Liked the military level and just the house itself. VERY cool to look...More

Thank GiGiWest23
Reviewed 2 July 2017 via mobile

Well worth the time! I highly recommend the tour. The guide was very well informed. The tour was 30 minutes long

Thank lindaDev16
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