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Ulysses S. Grant Home, Galena

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Ulysses S. Grant Home is maintained as a museum and memorial to this Civil War hero and 18th president of the United States. A small group of local citizens purchased the Italianate house, built for a former city clerk, and presented it to Grant in appreciation of his war efforts. In addition to the Grant home, the site includes several mid-19th century houses known as the Grant Home Historic Neighborhood. A guide in period costume will escort you around the house, imparting history about Grant's life during the Civil War, his candidacy for presidency, and his years as president. Many of the artifacts and furnishings on display are the Grant family's accurately restored possessions. Work out when and for how long to visit Ulysses S. Grant Home and other Galena attractions using our handy Galena holiday planner.
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  • Nice museum with lots of historic pieces from Grant's time there. My kids loved the White House pets exhibit! Nice views and learn history about Grant and Galena.  more »
  • What a treasure to have this home open for tours. We thoroughly enjoyed seeing a backstage glimpse into Grant's life and a piece of American history. There is no admission fee, but donations are welco...  more »
  • The tour of the Grant home was very interesting. The tour guide made the Grant family sound very real. This time period was a pivotal time in our American history. I totally enjoyed the entire experie...  more »
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  • Easy to find with parking on street as well as a lot across from it. Donation accepted for the tour. Tour is about 20 minutes. They pack a lot if information in that time. The house is beautiful with period pieces. Amazing to learn all of these facts about Grant. If you enjoy history, you will enjoy this tour.
  • Always enjoy visiting historic sites. This home is interesting and the tour guide was informative. Pictures are allowed. Make sure to walk the grounds too.
  • Tour was great, our guide was friendly and knowledgeable, and the view from Grant's home was wonderful. Great majority of the items in the home are Grant's original stuff.
  • Mid 1800's history is well-preserved in fully furnished house museum. Self-guided tour has explanatory placards, but guided tour was even more interesting and fun.
  • We took the trolley tour and we'll worth the money

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