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.
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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
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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.
Heroes for History 5k Stair Challenge
September 9 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Heroes for History 5k Stair Challenge The Heroes for History 5K Stair Challenge is an annual, competitive race and fun walk event. For athletes,...View Event
The Other Side of the Anvil
October 14 @ 9:00 am - October 15 @ 4:00 pm
Two-day blacksmithing event that features forging and historic demonstrations, like broom tying. On October 14-15, 2023, located on the lawn adjacent to the Stillman...View Event