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Historic Galena

Historic Sites & Tours

With so many things to do in Galena, IL, setting aside a few days for your visit will allow you to discover the town firsthand.


The Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design

This international museum has a satellite facility in Galena featuring contemporary art, architecture and photography from around the world. ...more

601 S. Prospect St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-777-4444

DeSoto House Hotel

The DeSoto House Hotel is Illinois' oldest operating hotel. Stop by for a free self-guided historic walking tour and watch videos about the history of ...more

230 S. Main St.
Galena IL 61036
Toll Free: 800-343-6562

The Dowling House & Noreen's Old Time Photos

Galena's oldest home. 1826. Thirty minute tour. Combination ticket for Belvedere Mansion also available. Noreen's Old Tyme Photo on site. ...more

220 Diagonal St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-777-1250

Elihu B. Washburne House State Historic Site

Washburne was a popular congressman and friend of Lincoln and Grant. Grant's election night news was received in the library via telegraph.
Open May through ...more

908 Third St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-777-9406

Galena & U.S. Grant Museum

Explore Galena's history and meet the spirits of Ulysses and Julia Grant in our hologram that welcomes you to the museum where we present some true national ...more

211 S. Bench St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-777-9129

Galena Public Library

Library Hours:
Monday - Thursday 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday & Saturday 11:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday: Closed

Alfred Mueller Historical Collections Room
Monday, ...more

601 South Bench Street
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-777-0200

The Old Blacksmith Shop

Authentic 1897 blacksmith shop with working forges. Original tools and equipment. On-site historian. Gift shop: Galena-forged items.

Hours of Operation
May ...more

245 Commerce St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-777-1893

Old Market House State Historic Site

Public building was center of community life during Galena's "Golden Era." U.S. Grant Exhibition is featured with several Grant artifacts.

Hours of ...more

123 N. Commerce St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-777-3310

Old Stockade on the Cobblestone Street

Galena's earliest history comes alive as you research this 1820s log building.

Hours of Operation
Sat. 1:00pm - 4:00 pm, or by appointment

Admission: ...more

208 Perry St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-777-1222

Ulysses S. Grant Home State Historic Site

On August 18, 1865, Galena celebrated the return of its Civil War hero General Ulysses S. Grant. Following a jubilant procession with much flag waving ...more

500 Bouthillier St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-777-3310