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  • Explore Galena’s history and meet the spirit of Ulysses Grant in a hologram that welcomes guests to the museum where true national treasures, such as the “Peace in Union” and “General Grant on the Battlefield” paintings, Flag from the Vicksburg Siege, a topographical map of Jo Daviess County, and the stories of mining and steamboating are presented. The museum is located in a 1858 Italianate mansion built as a private residence by Galena merchant Daniel Barrows. The museum features over 6,000 square feet of exhibit space and presentations on lead mining in the northwest region, the Driftless Area, Grant’s leather store, the Port of Galena: 1858. Discover souvenirs, gifts, and books of a historical nature in the museum gift and bookshop.

  • hours by location

    • History Museum

      211 S. Bench Street

      Galena, IL 60136


      9 am - 4:30 pm daily

    • Old Blacksmith Shop

      245 Commerce Street

      Galena, IL 60136


      May through October

      10 am - 4 pm Mon - Fri

    • Gateway to History

      403 S. Main Street

      Galena, IL 60136


      May through October

      9:30 am - 5 pm daily


The Galena & U.S. Grant Museum team works to bring history out to the community through innovative, year-round programming. Our events are informative and entertaining, and they engage people of all ages in the dialogue of local, regional and national history.

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    Feb, 18

  • Winter Program Series #2

    230 S. Main Street

    March 25 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    Women and Changing Gender Roles in the Mid-Nineteenth Century

    Dr. Barbara Cutter, historian and professor at the University of Northern Iowa, will explore the...

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    Feb, 18

  • Winter Program Series #3

    11383 Hwy. 20

    April 15 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

    John Kinzie: The Last Silver Man

    In his book, “The Silver Man,” Peter Shrake, curator at the Circus Museum in Baraboo, Wis., examines the...

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