What Our Visitors Are Saying

What Our Visitors are Saying


“One expects local “historical museums” to be quiet, dusty affairs, heavily populated with 1920s moth collections and long-departed mayors.The Galena/Jo Daviess Museum, though, shatters such stereotypes with a lively, informative and very unexpected celebration of history.”

“An unexpected fantastic experience. This museum is a hidden gem for Galena.”

“I was very pleasantly surprised and impressed by the number and quality of artifacts in your museum! Your use of technology makes it easy to learn great amounts in a short amount of time.”



“I was kind of dreading coming here, but my husband is a big history buff so I had to go. Well, wasn’t I surprised when I found myself really liking the place! We were greeted my a lovely lady who ran the gift shop. She then had a watch a darling hologram movie featuring Grant and his wife. …”

“ I wasn’t sure this was worth the time. Boy, was I wrong. The most spectacular part was the Civil War display on the second floor. The US Grant artifacts and displays were thorough and informative. But the centerpiece was the original, mural sized painting “Peace in Union.” it’s awe-inspiring;”

And one of our favorite writers, Galena resident Catherine Watson wrote this article for the Minneapolis Star Journal

“Galena in the modern age”.