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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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Lodging Near Old Market House

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Stoney Creek Inn Galena $93
Stoney Creek Inn Galena

Stoney Creek Inn Galena

940 Galena Square Dr, Galena
     
    4.5
    of 5, from 1,134 reviews
    2.0 out of 5.0

    Situated in the suburbs, this hotel is close to Old Market House, Old Blacksmith Shop, and Washburne House Historic Site. Also nearby are Belvedere Mansion and Grant Home.

    Best Western Designer Inn & Suites $76
    Best Western Designer Inn & Suites

    Best Western Designer Inn & Suites

    9923 West US Route 20, Galena
       
      4.1
      of 5, from 489 reviews
      2.5 out of 5.0

      Situated in Galena, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Grant Home, Washburne House Historic Site, and Belvedere Mansion. Old Market House and Old Blacksmith Shop are also within 1 mi (2 km).

      Victorian Mansion $165
      Victorian Mansion

      Victorian Mansion

      301 S High Street, Galena
         
        4.7
        of 5, from 3 reviews
        4.0 out of 5.0

        Situated in Galena, this bed & breakfast is within a 15-minute walk of Old Market House, Belvedere Mansion, and Old Blacksmith Shop. Washburne House Historic Site and Grant Home are also within 1 mi (2 km).

        Elle & Becks Loft Suite
        Elle & Becks Loft Suite

        Elle & Becks Loft Suite

        , Galena
           
          5.0
          of 5, from 3 reviews
          0.0 out of 5.0

          Situated in Galena, this vacation home is steps from Old Blacksmith Shop and Old Market House. Belvedere Mansion and Washburne House Historic Site are also within 15 minutes.

          Grant Hills Motel $79
          Grant Hills Motel

          Grant Hills Motel

          9372 U.S. 20 West, Galena
             
            4.0
            of 5, from 192 reviews
            2.0 out of 5.0

            Situated in Galena, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Grant Home, Washburne House Historic Site, and Belvedere Mansion. Old Market House and Old Blacksmith Shop are also within 2 mi (3 km).

            Steps to Downtown Galena - 3 Bedroom Home Across From Gorgeous Turner Hall
            Steps to Downtown Galena - 3 Bedroom Home Across From Gorgeous Turner Hall

            Steps to Downtown Galena - 3 Bedroom Home Across From Gorgeous Turner Hall

            , Galena
               
              0.0 out of 5.0

              Situated in the city center, this historic vacation home is close to Old Market House, Old Blacksmith Shop, and Washburne House Historic Site. Also nearby are Grant Home and Belvedere Mansion.

              Alice's Snyder House Bed and Breakfast $120
              Alice's Snyder House Bed and Breakfast

              Alice's Snyder House Bed and Breakfast

              1000 Third Street, Galena
                 
                4.8
                of 5, from 32 reviews
                3.0 out of 5.0

                Situated in Galena, this bed & breakfast is steps from Washburne House Historic Site and Belvedere Mansion. Grant Home and Old Market House are also within 15 minutes.

                Brierwreath Manor Bed and Breakfast $110
                Brierwreath Manor Bed and Breakfast

                Brierwreath Manor Bed and Breakfast

                216 N Bench St, Galena
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0

                  Situated in Galena, this bed & breakfast is close to Old Blacksmith Shop, Old Market House, and Grant Home. Also nearby are Washburne House Historic Site and Belvedere Mansion.