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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


    • MUSEUM GIFT SHOP ONLY

      211 S. Bench Street

      Galena, IL 60136

      815-777-9131

      THURSDAY thru SUNDAY 11:00 am to 4:00 pm

    • Old Blacksmith Shop

      245 Commerce Street

      Galena, IL 60136

      815-777-1893

      Closed for the Season

EVENTS


The movie star the professor and Mary Ann here on Gilligans Isle. Just sit right back and you'll hear.

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    Oct, 19

  • The Other Side of the Anvil 2021: Oct. 16 and 17

    513 Bouthillier Street

    October 16 - October 17

    Galena-Jo Daviess County Historical Society’s Old Blacksmith Shop, in partnership with the Upper Midwest Blacksmith Association (UMBA), will present a special hands-on event and...

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