With history dating back before the 18th century, the Tri-State area has plenty of museums, historic trails, architecture, stories, and character. Native Americans, past presidents, explorers, and businessmen have come and gone throughout the years. Come and hear the stories of those who created the rich history of the Tri-State area.
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    The Belvedere Mansion

    The Belvedere Mansion is Galena’s largest mansion in 1857 and is completely restored. The Belvedere Mansion and Gardens are open to the public from mid-May to mid-November. This 22 room private residence is truly lavish, the finest and “most often visited” Italianate mansion in Galena.

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    "Telling Our Story" at Sinsinawa Mound

    The Belvedere Mansion is Galena’s largest mansion in 1857 and is completely restored. The Belvedere Mansion and Gardens are open to the public from mid-May to mid-November. This 22 room private residence is truly lavish, the finest and “most often visited” Italianate mansion in Galena.

    585 County Road Z Sinsinawa, WI
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    "Tracing a Journey" at Sinsinawa Mound

    “Telling Our Story” recalls the early days at Sinsinawa Mound (1830’s-40’s), and the first pioneers to live there. It also highlights the story of the Dominican sisters, founded at the Mound by Fr. Mazzuchelli in 1847. The exhibit includes antique furniture, houeshold and convent items from 1860’s to 1900’s, historic photographs, and more from the […]

    585 County Road Z Sinsinawa, WI
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    Dickeyville Grotto

    Fr. Samuel Mazzuchelli was a pioneer Dominican priest who traveled the upper Midwest in the 1800’s establishing more than 30 parish communities. Born in Italy in 1806, his steps are traced by boat, horseback and foot to explore his trials and triumphs as a missionary. Upon his death, a penance chain was discovered around his […]

    305 West Main Street Dickeyville, WI
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    Fenelon Place Elevator

    The SPIRIT is a replica of a century-old Mississippi River steamboat with decorative smokestacks, a scalloped canopy over its open-air deck, Victorian red and gold decor throughout the enclosed dining salon. The gangway and dining area are handicapped accessible for standard wheelchairs. Climb aboard The SPIRIT, a replica of a century-old Mississippi River steamboat with […]

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    Figge Art Museum

    The Fennimore Railroad Historical Society Museum, home of the “Dinky”, is located in the former city power house and utility building. The building has been remodeled inside and out to resemble a turn-of-the-century depot. The replica loading platform was built with sand and brick, just the way it was originally built, using brick from the […]

    225 West 2nd Street Davenport, IA
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    Firehouse Ministries Fire Museum

    The Figge Art Museum is a premier art exhibition and education facility. Collection includes more than 3,500 paintings, sculptures, and works of art from the 16th century to the present. The Figge features some of the Midwest’s finest art collections, numerous traveling exhibits, and studio style-classrooms open to all who are looking to experience the […]

    403 W. 2nd Street Rock Falls, Illinois 61071
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    Galena & U.S. Grant Museum

    The Fulton Historical Society is located in this Civil War era home donated to the City by Leonard and Maxine Martin. The Society is responsible for the operation of the home as a repository of information and materials relevant to the history of the City of Fulton and its inhabitants. In addition, the Society wishes […]

    211 South Bench Street Galena, IL
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    Galena, Illinois - VisitGalena.org

    Housed in an 1858 mansion, this is a great place to start your Galena visit. Greeting by the “ghosts” of General and Mrs. Grant. Special exhibits feature Grant and the Civil War, mining, steamboating, geology, 19th century life. A TripAdvisor favorite!

    123 North Commerce Galena, IL
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    German American Heritage Center

    It doesn’t take long to figure out why Galena is the second most visited city in Illinois. Chicago takes the No. 1 spot but Galena is a lost-in-time hamlet that lures visitors with its more than 100 mom ‘n’ pop shops on Main Street, hillside homes and buildings, 75 percent of which are listed on […]

    712 West 2nd Street Davenport, IA
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    Grant Home State Historic Site

    The German American Heritage Center was an immigrant hotel from 1861 and has evolved into a museum featuring two rotating exhibits and an interactive permanent exhibit where visitors explore immigration in the 1800s. Open Year Round: Tuesday – Sunday.

    Bouthillier & 4th Street Galena, IL
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    Hennepin Canal Parkway State Park

    The Grant Home is open Wednesday through Sunday from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Last tour starts at 4:00 p.m. The Old Market House Welcome Center is open daily from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The sites are closed on New Year’s, Martin Luther King, Jr., Presidents, Veterans, General Election, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Large […]

    East 2nd Street, Rock Falls, Illinois 61071
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    Jackson County Historical Society

    Heritage Canyon is a 12-acre wooded structure nature walk dotted with buildings that take the visitor back to the 1800’s. Mid-1800’s – 1954: It was a limestone quarry where rock was crushed for field fertilizer, road beds, wing dams and levees. Trucks, trains and river barges hauled it away. 1954 – 1967: The quarry was […]

    1212 East Quarry Street Maquoketa, IA
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    Lockmaster's House Heritage Museum

    The Jackson County Historical Society was founded April 25, 1903 when prominent citizens in the county met in Maquoketa. The nine men were: George L. Mitchell, businessman Harvey Reid, businessman, county treasurer, and local historian J.W. Ehlers W.C. Gregory, realtor James Fairbrother H.S. Littell Dr. A. B. Bowen D.A. Fletcher Will Cundill, legendary photographer They […]

    10 Lock & Dam Lane Guttenberg, IA
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    Mathias Ham House

    Lock and Dam #10 was completed in 1937. Located at Guttenberg, Iowa on the mighty Mississippi, this lock and dam system is still in operation today, ensuring a river channel depth of nine feet. Between 1938 and 1973, the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers required the dam’s lockmaster and assistant lockmaster to live on site, […]

    350 East 3rd Street Dubuque, IA
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    Mining Museum & Rollo Jamison Museum

    Capture the flavor of life along the Mississippi during the golden era of steamboating. Mathia’s Ham, one of Dubuque’s earliest entrepreneurs, built his estate in 1856 predominately through his lead mining endeavors. The stately country villa stands today as a living reflection of its wealthy builder. Inside the homes elegant American and European furnishings exemplify […]

    405 East Main Street Platteville, WI
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    National Brewery Museum & Library

    The Mining Museum and Rollo Jamison Museum in Platteville offers underground tours of an 1845 lead mine and above ground rides in a 1931 mine train. See exhibits on the history of lead and zinc mining in the Upper Mississippi Valley.

    133 North Main Potosi, WI
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    National Farm Toy Museum

    The National Brewery Museum™ and research library preserve the rich history of America’s breweries through the preservation of brewery memorabilia and advertising. Changing displays will highlight various breweries and collectibles. The Potosi Brewing Company Transportation Museum tells the story of how an industrial building on the Great River Road made use of the river, the […]

    1110 16th Avenue Southeast Dyersville, IA
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    National Mississippi River Museum & Aquarium

    The National Historic Cheesemaking Museum is located at the southern gateway to Wisconsin, just a few miles north of the Illinois/Wisconsin line. Our staff eagerly awaits your visit to tell the story of early cheesemaking gave Monroe the title of the “Cheese Capital of the USA.” During your visit, invision how cheese was made in […]

    350 East 3rd Street Dubuque, IA
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    National Motorcycle Museum

    An affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. Enjoy dynamic aquariums, historical exhibits & stroll through the wetland and boatyard. Tour the William M.Black dredge boat and visit the other steamboat artifacts. Open Daily. The William Woodward Discovery Center This center is the national headquarters for the Mississippi River and is the only facility of its kind in […]

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    Northwest Territory Historic Center

    Located in downtown Anamosa, IA, the Museum showcases more than a century of two-wheeled adventure! Featuring over 230 vintage motorcycles from around the world as well as antique toys, books, clothing, collectibles, artwork and more.

    205 West 5th Street Dixon, IL
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    Old Blacksmith Shop

    Ronald Reagan loved his home town of Dixon, Illinois. In the early 80′s President Reagan made one of his return visits to Dixon. The townspeople had begun to restore Reagan’s boyhood home on Hennepin Avenue. Noting a need for assistance, Mr. Reagan called his close personal friend, Norm Wymbs, and asked him to help the […]

    211 South Bench Street Galena, IL
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    Old Jail Museum

    Filled with tools and equipment from its 100 year history. While the shop is a museum (complete with gift shop), forges are totally operable and blacksmiths are on duty during the season. Check out our well-stocked Gift Shop filled with things made by our blacksmiths and also our local foundry, and they do beautiful custom […]

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    Pendarvis Historic Site

    The jail was built in 1857 and is a rare example of egyptian revivalist architecture. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is also an official National Landmark. The Old Jail Museum exhibits some of the Dubuque County Historical Society’s most unique and interesting artifacts. It’s one-of-a-kind collection pieces include the […]

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    Sinsinawa Mound

    Greeted by a knowledgeable guide outfitted in period attire. Wander on a terraced hillside dotted with stone-and-log built by Cornish lead miners in the 1840s before Wisconsin statehood. Located in Mineral Point, WI, learn about the 1840’s lead mining boom that brought immigrant miners from Cornwall, England to settle in Southwest Wisconsin. See how miners […]

    585 County Road Z Sinsinawa, WI
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    Swindler's Ridge Museum

    Stonefield Historic Site in Cassville is a museum of agriculture history and village life. Learn about the rise of turn-of-the-century dairy farming and the development of modern farm implements. Experience the sights and sounds of the railroad. Located along the Great River Road near Cassville.

    25 W. Main Street, Benton, WI
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    The Dowling House

    Located on the town’s Main Street, Swindlers’ Ridge Museum is home to artifacts and historical memorabilia from Benton and from the surrounding area. Included is memorabilia from the lead-mining industry that once was so prevalent in and around Benton. The museum is open from 11 A.M. to 3 P.M. every Saturday, Sunday, and Monday between […]

    220 Diagonal Street, Galena, IL 61036
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