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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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An impressive museum in Galena

The Galena/ Jo Daviess County Historical Society operates the Galena & U.S. Grant Museum. It is on... read more

Reviewed 26 November 2017
Chicago, Illinois
Great Visit

I love history so this was a great stop for me! There was a video intro and then the rest of the... read more

Reviewed 21 November 2017
Star S
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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” (45 reviews)
“lead mining” (11 reviews)
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211 S Bench St, Galena, IL 61036-2203
+1 815-777-9129
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Reviewed 26 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
Reviewed 21 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
Reviewed 21 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
Reviewed 9 November 2017

There are a wide variety exhibits about area topography and history, mining, Ulysses S. Grant and American history.

Thank Mr_Terbillion
Reviewed 29 October 2017

Loved this quaint and well done museum. There is much to learn about the driftless, Galena and U. S. Grant and his family. The interactive pieces were well done and will be great for visitors of any age.

Thank EllynGreen
Reviewed 25 October 2017 via mobile

Museum has many artifacts relevant to the cities humble beginnings. History of the Galena Rive and its significants to the early prosperity of the town. Numerous maps showing historical information throughout the years.

Thank jmatt311
Reviewed 23 October 2017

We stopped in on Saturday afternoon and were absolutely transported back in time with the great displays! It's nice to just walk around the quietness of this old building and soak the history of the objects on display. Shopping is fun, but I'm a history...More

Thank Victoria S
Reviewed 11 October 2017

The Galena/Joe Daviess County Historical Society and Museum is an interesting museum and is located near the center of downtown Galena, Illinois. Just walk up the hill from Main Street to Bench Street and you will find it. This museum tells the history of Galena...More

1  Thank rockyjoe
Reviewed 10 October 2017

We received free tickets to this from our hotel, and went to the museum. It had a lot more to see than I expected. It was interesting to see the old lead mine as a visual. They are currently working on building a scale model...More

Thank Mike H
Reviewed 4 October 2017

This was an enjoyable museum, quite informative about the city and some of its most prominent citizens. Learn aout the lead mines that brought Europeans to the area, about the impact of the Civil War, about Galena's decline after the railroads came through and its...More

Thank Michael D
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