Did you know our beautiful town has some amazing museums and galleries to explore? From art to blacksmiths, we have something interesting for everyone. We can’t wait to tell you about our favorite Galena IL museums that you won’t want to miss when you visit Galena!
If you need more ideas for your Galena getaway, be sure to check out our complimentary downloadable Vacation Guide. It has everything you need to know to plan your vacation to our beautiful house! We love helping you discover the hidden treasures in our city. And now, on to the best Galena IL Museums!
Our Favorite Galena IL Museums
Galena has some wonderful museums that have something for everyone. We have compiled our favorites, in no particular order. Be sure to let us know which one is your favorite!
Galena and U.S. Grant Museum
The Galena and U.S. Grant Museum is in a historic 1858 home with over six thousand square feet of exhibit space. Paying special tribute to Ulysses S. Grant, the museum is a sure bet for anyone who is interested in United States History! There is an original painting showing Robert E. Lee’s surrender to Grant, Civil War memorabilia and an actual lead mine inside the brick house. As a bonus, the Galena and U.S. Grant Museum has many special exhibits and new exhibits throughout the year, so be sure to see what’s new before you go!
Mangelsen Images of Nature Gallery
Enjoy a deep sense of tranquility at the Mangelsen Images of Nature Gallery. This gallery is the result of the works of Tom Mangelsen, a gifted nature photographer. The seasons of nature and life portrayed in the gallery are gorgeous. Come, relax and be inspired by the incredible snapshots of our beautiful planet Earth!
Pinder Pottery and Gallery
Joe Pinder is the creative mind behind Pinder Pottery and Gallery in Galena! Creating handmade stoneware pottery, he makes sure that is both beautiful and functional at the same time. All Pinder pottery is dishwasher and microwave safe with the hopes that you will use your custom piece for many years to come! And if you have a little more time, you can even attend a pottery class hosted by Joe! Be sure to stop in, browse the gallery and find a perfect souvenir of Galena to bring home with you.
The Old Blacksmith Shop
You can’t visit Galena without a visit to The Old Blacksmith Shop! A historical, working blacksmith shop, you can not only see exactly how blacksmiths have operated in history, but also bring home a beautiful forged piece of your very own from the gift shop. We absolutely love the custom forged fireplace tools! The Old Blacksmith Shop is only open from May to October, Fridays to Mondays, so mark your calendar!
Sightseeing Has Never Been So Tasty
There’s nothing quite like starting your day in Galena with an incredible breakfast guaranteed to keep you full and content as you see the sights! We love helping you plan your stay at Farmers Guest House and introducing you to all the treasures of Galena – including our very own breakfast! Give us a call to start your Galena vacation today.