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Dowling House

220 Diagonal St, Galena, IL 61036-2241
+1 815-777-1250
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Very impressive Informative Tour

It was our tour guides first day and she was phenomenal! The town of Galena is so impressive, you... read more

Reviewed 26 July 2016
pat c
Madison, Wisconsin
Not worth your time

The house has potential, however our guide was very abrupt, not very kind, and somewhat scary. We... read more

Reviewed 20 July 2016
Brooklyn, Iowa
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220 Diagonal St, Galena, IL 61036-2241
+1 815-777-1250
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Reviewed 26 July 2016

It was our tour guides first day and she was phenomenal! The town of Galena is so impressive, you will want to spend the weekend there to see everything! This was once a mansion in its day, believe it or not! you will tour the...More

1  Thank pat c
Reviewed 20 July 2016

The house has potential, however our guide was very abrupt, not very kind, and somewhat scary. We might have enjoyed more of this tour had we not been a little put off by being locked in and her telling us if we need out we'd...More

Thank dsmith2298
Reviewed 7 July 2016

Very fascinating. Great for history buffs. You'll learn things you would've never known about how people lived in the early years. Was really nice to see.

1  Thank James L
Reviewed 4 July 2016 via mobile

A fun hour long your if history in Galena. It's easy to imagine how people lived in the 1850s from this house. The furnishings and the shop items seem like authentic replicas. Great fun. Not good for people with limited mobility.

1  Thank Darlene K
Reviewed 30 June 2016

it was very interesting to tour this home , the guide was not to friendly though..........but she was informative....there is two floors ...the first area in the lower level you will see alot of older things in regard to being creative and production from many...More

Thank Ainteasy
Reviewed 18 June 2016

I was hesitant to tour this historical house at first, due to the mixed and poor reviews. My husband and I did take the 30 min tour which was led by the NEW manager, Anna. (1st week on the job?) I was actually impressed with...More

Thank atvgirl
Reviewed 6 June 2016

First of all, I bought the combined ticket for the Dowling House and the Belvedere Mansion. While taking out my credit card, I was told there would be a 3% service charge on my purchase. REALLY! Your credit card charge is just the price of...More

1  Thank horseshowmom
Reviewed 22 May 2016

Walked by this several times a day. It looked fascinating, but alas, I'll never know because it was NOT open!!!

Thank auvoir
Reviewed 7 May 2016

The house is very small, and the tour is very short. They do show you alot of artifacts from the era. Not sure if this would appeal to all types of people.

Thank elizabeth m
Reviewed 29 April 2016

The tour guide was knowledgeable, friendly, and gave a good experience. We enjoyed touring an original house. The ghost stories were fun.

1  Thank Christine R
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Teresa G
What are the other attractions availible for the combo package?
17 April 2016|
Response from jeepsong | Reviewed this property |
Belvedere Mansion is also included. It's a beautiful old place. The man who owned it was quite a collector so the house is full of interesting things.
Mohit K
Does this museum have tours? If yes how long is each tour? Thanks for helping me!
12 July 2015|
Response from |
Thirty minute tours.