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Historic Galena
Galena Welcome Center

Old Market House State Historic Site
123 N. Commerce St.
Galena, IL 61036
9a.m. – 5p.m. Daily

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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.


1876 Banwarth House & Museum

Step back in time to 1876, when U.S. Grant was president and Queen Victoria ruled the British Empire. Enjoy an informative 40-minute guided tour of the ...more

408 E. Sycamore St.
Elizabeth IL 61028
Local: 815.858.2014

Apple River Fort State Historic Site

Explore life as early Jo Daviess County settlers lived it at Apple River Fort, a reconstructed Black Hawk War (1832) site.
On June 24, 1832, a small company ...more

311 East Myrtle St.
Elizabeth IL 61028
Local: 815.858.2028

DeSoto House Hotel

DeSoto House Hotel opened its doors in 1855. We are Illinois' Oldest Operating Hotel.

Please visit and enjoy our self guided complimentary walking tour ...more

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

Elihu B. Washburne House State Historic Site

This home has great historic significance. Take a tour and learn about the home and its history. Elihu Washburne (1816-1887), a prominent Galena attorney ...more

908 Third St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815-777-3310

Galena & U.S. Grant Museum

Explore Galena's history and meet the spirits of Ulysses and Julia Grant in a hologram that welcomes guests to the museum where true national treasures, ...more

211 S. Bench St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815.777.9129

Galena Public Library

This is not just a resource for information. This is a fun place with interesting activities, fascinating history and architecture and cool people with ...more

601 S. Bench St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815.777.0200

Greenwood Cemetery

Travel back in time and browse the tombstones of many interesting and notable Galenians including the 25th United States Secretary of States Elihu B. Washburne. ...more

732 Gear Street
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815.777.1050

Main Street Walking Tour with General Grant

Join General Ulysses S. Grant (portrayed by Bob Buman) for a 1-hour walk down Galena’s historic Main Street. Grant tells the rich history of the ...more

230 S. Main St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815.777.9129

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 in this 1820s log building. The Blackhawk War of 1832 created the need to prepare for an Indian attack. The people ...more

208 Perry St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815.238.3248

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

The Dowling House & Noreen's Old Time Photos

The Dowling House, was built in 1826 by John Dowling and is the oldest house in Galena. Built of limestone, it was once the only trading post in the city. ...more

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

The Old Blacksmith Shop

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

245 Commerce St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815.777.1893

Ulysses S. Grant Home State Historic Site

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

500 Bouthillier St.
Galena IL 61036
Local: 815.777.3310