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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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Great source for local history

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

Reviewed 1 week ago
Learning about Galena and U. S. Grant

Loved this quaint and well done museum. There is much to learn about the driftless, Galena and U... 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” (31 reviews)
“civil war” (44 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 1 week ago

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

Thank Mr_Terbillion
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago 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 4 weeks ago

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 5 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
Reviewed 16 September 2017 via mobile

The museum allows visitors to learn about the Galena area. As tourists you see the beauty of the town but so much formed this area and it's history which people don't understand. I think this museum should be advertised more so that people will stop...More

Thank Dreamingone
Reviewed 11 September 2017

This is a treasure trove of interesting history. Definitely plan time for this. Well worth it. Nice gift shop too.

Thank set2go52
Reviewed 9 September 2017

The first floor is all about Galena including a 30 foot mine. The second floor tells about Grant and has information about the generals that came from Galena. They have some good books in the gift shop.

Thank loriandgerald
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