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Old Market House

Make this historic market building your first stop in Galena. Part welcome center, part museum, it gives you a perfect introduction to the city.

Visit Old Market House for a warm welcome to Galena, Illinois. This converted market offers practical information, historical facts and souvenirs.

Construction on the Greek Revival building began in 1845. Old Market House soon became the center of Galena’s community life. For decades, townspeople converged under its roof to shop, sell and socialize.

As the 20th century continued, the building fell into disrepair until its restoration in 1955. Today it is operated and maintained by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency. See how it has been restored to its appearance from 150 years ago.

Old Market House operates as a welcome center for Galena, providing a great starting point for anyone visiting the city for the first time. Pick up maps of the area, brochures about local attractions and coupons for stores and restaurants downtown.

Learn about the town’s most celebrated resident, Civil War hero and President Ulysses S. Grant, in the U.S. Grant Exhibition. Peek into his life through the many personal artifacts on display, such as photos and paintings. Grant’s horse-drawn carriage is parked in the middle of the room.

A knowledgeable docent will take you through the exhibits. Ask questions, as these volunteers are passionate about Galena history and have plenty of additional background information. The building hosts varied events throughout the year. It is a popular venue for craft fairs, art exhibits and other showcases of local talent. Check with the front desk for a current calendar of events.

If you want to purchase a Galena souvenir, stop at the gift shop. Select from varied Grant memorabilia, postcards, books and other trinkets. The site has no entry fee, but a suggested donation is requested to see the exhibits. Visit Old Market House daily throughout the year.

Old Market House is in downtown Galena. Find a number of shops and restaurants within easy walking distance. Cross the Galena River to explore Grant Park and Grant Home, where the family lived before Ulysses S. Grant became the United States’ 18th president.


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Galena Stoney Creek

Galena Stoney Creek

940 Galena Square Dr, Galena
4.5
of 5, from 1,070 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Old Market House, Washburne House Historic Site, and Grant Home. Horseshoe Mound and Casper Bluff Land and Water Reserve are also within 6 mi (10 km).

$80
Best Western Designer Inn & Suites

Best Western Designer Inn & Suites

9923 West US Route 20, Galena
4.1
of 5, from 451 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Galena, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Grant Home and Washburne House Historic Site. Old Market House and Horseshoe Mound are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$64
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Galena, IL

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Galena, IL

11334 Oldenburg Ln, Galena
4.4
of 5, from 792 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Galena hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Old Market House, Washburne House Historic Site, and Grant Home. Horseshoe Mound and Casper Bluff Land and Water Reserve are also within 9 mi (15 km).

Elle & Becks Loft Suite

Elle & Becks Loft Suite

204 S Bench St, Galena
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Galena, this property is close to Old Market House, Grant Home, and Washburne House Historic Site. Nearby attractions also include Horseshoe Mound.

$95
Alice's Snyder House Bed and Breakfast

Alice's Snyder House Bed and Breakfast

1000 Third Street, Galena
4.8
of 5, from 22 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Galena, this bed & breakfast is close to Washburne House Historic Site, Grant Home, and Old Market House. Nearby attractions also include Horseshoe Mound.

$67
Ramada Galena Hotel and Day Spa

Ramada Galena Hotel and Day Spa

11383 US Highway 20, Galena
4.2
of 5, from 967 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Galena, this spa hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Old Market House, Washburne House Historic Site, and Grant Home. Horseshoe Mound and Casper Bluff Land and Water Reserve are also within 9 mi (15 km).

$295
Jail Hill Inn

Jail Hill Inn

319 Meeker St, Galena
5.0
of 5, from 4 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Galena, this bed & breakfast is within 1 mi (2 km) of Old Market House, Grant Home, and Washburne House Historic Site. Horseshoe Mound is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away.

$165
Victorian Mansion

Victorian Mansion

301 S High Street, Galena
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Galena, this bed & breakfast is close to Old Market House, Washburne House Historic Site, and Grant Home. Local attractions also include Horseshoe Mound.