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Old Market House State Historic Site

123 N Commerce St, Galena, IL 61036-2209
+1 815-777-3310
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Resourceful and informative

There's a great deal of history packed into this space along with a very helpful staff. Enjoy... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
JCgolf9
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Ottawa, Illinois
good starting point

Clean bathroom. The display was interesting for Civil War and local history buffs. Good... read more

Reviewed 18 February 2018
cdhcch
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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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Vendors peddled their wares at this Greek Revival Market House in the 19th century, which now hosts changing exhibits, meetings and special events.
  • Excellent56%
  • Very good22%
  • Average20%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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123 N Commerce St, Galena, IL 61036-2209
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+1 815-777-3310
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"welcome center"
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"president grant"
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"civil war"
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"starting point"
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"visitor's center"
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"first stop"
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"commerce street"
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"interesting things"
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"historical items"
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"walking tour"
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"grant's home"
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"in town"
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"memorabilia"
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"collection"
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Reviewed 5 days ago

There's a great deal of history packed into this space along with a very helpful staff. Enjoy viewing some authentic pieces of history and find brochures for all sorts of area activities and attractions. AND, the building and location have a pretty neat history too!

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Reviewed 18 February 2018

Clean bathroom. The display was interesting for Civil War and local history buffs. Good information place for things to see in the area.

Thank cdhcch
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Reviewed 18 October 2017

This is a fun stop while in Galena. The museum houses many interesting things from the area and it is also a place to purchase tickets for various events in town. Our family took the walking tour with Ulysses Grant. Fun time!

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Reviewed 9 October 2017

The Old Market House Historical Site was built in 1846 and was a central part of the community in the early days of Galena. This house is open every day from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM and there is no cost to enter (but they...More

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Reviewed 9 September 2017

Start here when visiting Galena. Lots of information brochures about the area. The best part is the staff at the information center. They take the time to listen to you to discover your interests and make recommendations based on them.

Thank Saturday8
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Reviewed 21 August 2017

The Old Market House at 123 North Commerce Street, a block off Main Street in the heart of downtown Galena, has been converted into the Galena Welcome Center and is the place for visitors to start their tour of the historic town. Built in 1845,...More

Thank Taylor B
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Reviewed 21 July 2017 via mobile

There are some very good exhibits on the Grant family and the Civil War. (I was amused to see two pair of Mrs. Grant's shoes.). I thought we would spend about 15 minutes but was surprised when we walked out an hour later. Good to...More

Thank Deborah W
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Reviewed 18 July 2017

We first visited the Galena Welcome Center because we were looking for a map. The center is in the "Old Market House", a building created during Galena's golden age to rent wagon stalls out to merchants who would sell their wares there. Nowadays, instead of...More

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Reviewed 3 July 2017

We had never been to Galena before and This was a great starting point. Got info on trolleys and where to eat. Also a nice exhibit on Grant

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Reviewed 23 June 2017

Great for a quick break from shopping. They had two areas of very interesting historical items. We enjoyed looking at them and as a bonus, sat at a table and played a quick game of checkers. The staff were very helpful. They also sell reasonable...More

Thank Kate D
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9-5 M-Sun according to the City of Galena website.
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