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Dowling House

220 Diagonal St, Galena, IL 61036-2241
+1 815-777-1250
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Oldest house but...

It's the oldest house in Galena. Very rustic, interesting. Very much what you would expect to see... read more

Reviewed 4 October 2016
Steven S
Neat piece of history. Oldest house in Galena

Sign says open at 10:30, but tours aren't until 11am and seem to run every 1/2 hour. A very... read more

Reviewed 2 October 2016
Peoria, Illinois
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220 Diagonal St, Galena, IL 61036-2241
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Reviewed 4 October 2016

It's the oldest house in Galena. Very rustic, interesting. Very much what you would expect to see. Tour is about 20 min.

Thank Steven S
Reviewed 2 October 2016

Sign says open at 10:30, but tours aren't until 11am and seem to run every 1/2 hour. A very informative tour of the oldest home in Galena. At the Belvedere we purchased a dual ticket which saved us a few dollars off each attraction. Great...More

1  Thank JM1485
Reviewed 26 September 2016

I think we went into house in between tour times due to a fluke of misinformation and an unlocked door. The tour guide was so nice and gave us our own tour. It was very interesting.

Thank Melanie W
Reviewed 11 September 2016

The tour was very informative and not long and boring. Very interesting and worth the money. We were glad we took this tour.

Thank Nancy P
Reviewed 21 August 2016

It was interesting to go through the home and see the inside of Galena's oldest home and see a bunch of artifacts from the past, but the tour guide wasn't that great and rushed us through the house. It was a little interesting, but not...More

2  Thank markster1978
Reviewed 18 August 2016

This house really give you a flavor for how things were done nearly 200 years ago. This was considered a large home for the time it was built

1  Thank dave8157
Reviewed 8 August 2016 via mobile

I really wanted to visit this neat looking, really old house. I love old houses. But when we walked into the gift shop to buy tickets, the smell was so musty and the person at the counter just looked at us and asked, "Do you...More

Thank Sand D
Reviewed 8 August 2016

We got a combo deal to visit the Dowling House and the Belvedere Mansion. My expectations were low, but these two sites exceeded my expectations. We visited the Biltmore Estate in May. For the money, these two sites were much better.

1  Thank Charles R
Reviewed 5 August 2016 via mobile

The Dowling House is the oldest residence in Galena, built in 1826. The guide shared an intriguing tour that was very detailed from the items located throughout the home, as well as the Dowling family and descendent and the contributions they've made throughout the history...More

2  Thank Dix_M123
Reviewed 31 July 2016 via mobile

Did not like the tour guide... At all!!! She mumbled, talked way too fast, was abrupt and kept forgetting her lines, as my husband and I felt like she was reading from a script. We could've done without being locked in because the house was...More

Thank Dawn V
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Teresa G
What are the other attractions availible for the combo package?
18 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.