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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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Hidden Gem!

This is an amazing gem on Bench St! Inside is an old lead mine shaft you can peer down into. Lots... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Kate D
Nice museum covering Grant and the local area.

Exceeded our expectations. A wonderful collection, including Grant, area history and lead mining... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
Massillon, Ohio
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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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“civil war” (39 reviews)
“lead mining” (9 reviews)
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211 S Bench St, Galena, IL 61036-2203
+1 815-777-9129
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Reviewed 4 days ago

This is an amazing gem on Bench St! Inside is an old lead mine shaft you can peer down into. Lots of interesting pieces of Galena and Civil War history. The original Peace in Union painting is there - and along with it you can...More

Thank Kate D
Reviewed 4 days ago

Exceeded our expectations. A wonderful collection, including Grant, area history and lead mining. Staff was very helpful.

Thank richbob41
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I were just stopping through so we didn't have time to do a lot. But we took a chance on the walking tour with Ulysses S. Grant and really enjoyed it. Very informative on the region's history and also some things about...More

Thank OrnateBoxTurtle
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was the third time we had visited the downtown. We were happy to see a few new shops and frequent some of the ones we had visited before. We struggled a bit to find a place to park on Saturday but didn't have any...More

Thank I2947RHgregb
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Been there before and have enjoyed every visit, but this last one was way too crowded. Lost my mind for a minute, should never have gone during a holiday weekend. Our prior visit was in the fall and during the week -- no crowds to...More

Thank Steve H
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Saw this on Illinois Adventure tv show and wanted to visit. We definitely enjoyed everything here. The fee was included in our history package at the DeSoto House. The gentleman there was very friendly and informative. We took our time and read everything we wanted...More

Thank MeryMeCo
Reviewed 23 May 2017

We have visited Galena a few times now and are still wowed with every visit ! Just the drive over the hills and ridges of Jo Daviess County is breathtaking ! Downtown Galena with it's 19th Century charm is wonderful ! We especially enjoyed the...More

Thank Daniel M
Reviewed 30 April 2017

The museum was interesting and had a good variety of displays. Emphasis being on Civil War and Grant, but also covers a variety of history in this area. The hologram was kind of unique for a small, history museum. The stairs might be a problem...More

Thank jingles5
Reviewed 29 April 2017

shops are nothing special , not a large variety even though there are a lot of shops. many closed during the week it seemed.

Thank Kim A
Reviewed 25 April 2017

Decent little museum! Highlights for me were the videos about the geological history of the county (now I know what The Driftless is!). Also, they were celebrating President Grant's birthday, so we got some free cake and lemonade from a cute volunteer couple in costume....More

Thank Gwen B
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