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Galena / Jo Daviess County Historical Society and Museum

Open Now: 09:00 - 16:30
Open today: 09:00 - 16:30
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Small but interesting museum

Great information about General Grant as well as the other General's from the Galena area. Nice... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Woodridge, Illinois
Historic Main Street Walking Tour with General Grant. Authentic, informative, fun.

Amazingly authentic characterization of General Grant. Pleasant learning experience by a highly... read more

Reviewed 21 January 2019
Rex D
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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...more
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211 S Bench St, Galena, IL 61036-2203
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Great information about General Grant as well as the other General's from the Galena area. Nice displays about original inhabitants, steamboat era, as well as the mining operations. Very nicely done.

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 21 January 2019

Amazingly authentic characterization of General Grant. Pleasant learning experience by a highly knowledgeable individual. Not just an actor, he WAS General Grant. One of the most memorable parts of our visit to Galena.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Rex D
Reviewed 31 December 2018

Came to town for the General's Ball and thought a visit to the local history museum would be a good stop beforehand. Very nice displays covering the original inhabitants of the area, mining history, steamboat days, and the generals and other important figures of the...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Deb P
Reviewed 30 December 2018

Loved the place cant wait to return. by the way the views were great. people were nice too and friendly

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Bobtheboss123
Reviewed 1 November 2018

Excellent information, beautiful displays, tons of artifacts. Found it very interesting and informative. Nice, knowledgeable staff. Recommend!

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Sarah T
Reviewed 28 October 2018

The museum is packed with Galena and Grant history. The tour is self guided and begins with a 4D hologram introduction by Ulysses and Julia. After you tour the museum, go into the gift shop and ask about the spooky happenings at the museum.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank travelprincess72
Reviewed 28 October 2018 via mobile

Lovely little town. Enjoyed a walk about to see all the different independent shops. No chains or traditional eating places here. Well worth a stop for a few hours.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Lanzarote_in_March
Reviewed 12 October 2018 via mobile

We stopped here to learn more about galena and general grant. Very nice museum with informative areas about the area, the 9 civil war generals from here and the civil war. The mine shaft was cool.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank DianeC197
Reviewed 26 September 2018

We ended up spending way more time at the museum than we expected. We found it to be very interesting and learned a lot. In addition to the more traditional exhibits, we loved the videos throughout the museum, the view of the mine shaft, and...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 8 September 2018

Starts out in a comfortable parlor with a 'hologram' video of the Grant's telling about the house the museum is located in. Since it was a hot day, this comfy cool darkened room was just the refreshing we needed. The rest of the museum is...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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