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
211 S. Bench Street
Galena, IL 60136
Open Daily 10:00 am to 4:30 pm
OLD BLACKSMITH SHOP
245 Commerce Street
Galena, IL 60136
Open Fridays through Mondays 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Learn more about plans for the new museum on Bouthillier Street and get progress updates.
Learn about Galena's and Jo Daviess County's amazing histories through these informative interviews with those who lived and some who still do!
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.
Winter Program Series #3 “Spectacle of Grief”
April 16 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Sunday, April 16th, 2:30 p.m. Location: Galena Territory – Owners’ Club Social Hall 2000 Territory Dr, Galena, IL 61036 Program to follow our...View Event
Grant’s Birthday Celebration211 S. Bench Street
April 22 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
Join us for a FUN-filled weekend of activities in celebration of President U.S. Grant’s 201st Birthday. Details to come....View Event