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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 Fri - Mon

    • 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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    Jan, 18

  • Tour of Historic Galena Homes

    211 S. Bench Street

    September 29 - September 30

    It’s a labor of love, really… this business of asking owners of Galena’s rich cache of historic buildings to open their homes to the...

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    Sep, 18

  • The Other Side of the Anvil

    513 Bouthillier Street

    October 13 @ 9:30 am - 4:00 pm

    The Galena Historical Society’s Old Blacksmith Shop, in partnership with the Upper Midwest Blacksmith Association (UMBA) will present a special hands-on workshop titled “The...

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