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Belvedere Mansion, Galena

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  • The Belvedere Mansion was built in 1857, which makes it 160 years old. It is located on the east side of the Galena River, so you do have a great view of Galena and the river. In front, there is more ...  more »
  • A lot of history in this mansion but the current owner has it filled with his own antique collection and although it's nice to see such collectible items would've been nice to keep it to what the mans...  more »
  • This home is what I would call over the top! It is a beautiful, well cared for home filled with rare and unique antiques. It is a very interesting tour.  more »
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  • I was looking forward to touring the mansion; however, after I toured it I was disappointed. The mansion was built in the early 1800's on the banks of the Galena River by a owner and Captain of a steamboat company. The home is currently under private ownership. The owners live in the house during the winter but not when it is open for tours. The house and its construction is fantastic but it is packed full of furniture. The tour guides talked about the pieces of furniture, paintings and were they came from. I wanted to know more about the house and the original builder and his family. It cost $15.00 for the tour that's not overly priced but when I left I felt like I was there to pay for the owners furniture. Save your money on this one.
  • I was very disappointed in the tour. The older fella who greeted our much too large group, well let's just say that posing as a tour guide is clearly not his calling! Rude is an understatement. Also, if you have any education, you will be about 5 minutes into the tour and you will know they are making up stories! Beautiful home stuffed with junk, oh but they will make up a story about it! My advice, enjoy the beauty of the outside, skip the fake, rude tour. Go see General Grants home.
  • I just finished reading the reviews of the past. I am happy to say the must have hired new help. All three of our guides were very informative and curtious. We were there over the Fourth of July. I loved the mansion but a bit to cluttered for my taste. Some of the pieces take away from the history of Galena. All in all we had a nice time.
  • Came to learn about the old building and look more at the architecture. After arriving, we noticed a crowd outside, about 6 or 7 people. The sign on the door said to ring the bell and wait, as a tour was in progress. We waited about 25 minutes , during which, a woman looked at us from the other side twice. We figured it would be worth the wait. As we waited in the cold the other people waiting left. Eventually we were let inside by a gentleman. He was the biggest problem. He spoke waaaaaay to fast and a few of the things he said were not historically correct. The biggest problem I had with him was how pretentious he was!! I'm sorry, but in order for this attraction to succeed, the staff needs to change. If the owners were looking to hire someone old and stuck up, they nailed it. We will not be comming back.
  • This tour was over priced and our tour group was too large. Too many people crammed into small areas trying to look at a cluttered mess of someone’s personal antique collection. Some of the items were interesting to see however is it really worth $25.50 for 2 people to be quickly herded through while listening to an annoying and somewhat rude tour guide?? My husband and I were ready to leave less than 5 minutes into the tour. To me it is just an obnoxious display of items bought by someone who apparently has too much money and hoarding tendencies. Save your time and money. Skip this tour and instead visit the Galena & US Grant Museum and General Grant’s Home.

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