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

    “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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    "Tracing a Journey" at Sinsinawa Mound

    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 […]

    585 County Road Z Sinsinawa, WI
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    Dickeyville Grotto

    Visit the Dickeyville Grotto. The beautiful creation of Father Wernerus, built between 1925-1930 that is dedicated to the love of God and Country.

    305 West Main Street Dickeyville, WI
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    Dubuque Museum of Art

    The Dubuque Museum of Art is Iowa’s oldest cultural institution, established in 1874, and located in the heart of downtown Dubuque. Our mission is to excite, engage, and educate through art.

    701 Locust Street, Dubuque, IA
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    Dubuque River Rides

    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 […]

    500 East 3rd Street Dubuque, IA
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    Fennimore Doll & Toy Museum

    The Fennimore Doll & Toy Museum showcases classic and collectible dolls and toys from around the world. Established in 1991, the museum features heirlooms owned by or on loan to the museum. Now in our fifth season in a different building and under the management of the Friends of the Doll and Toy Museum, the […]

    1135 6th Street Fennimore, WI
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    Fennimore Railroad Historical Society 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 […]

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    Figge Art 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 […]

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

    Located at the former Rock Falls Fire Station in Uptown Rock Falls. The Firehouse Ministries Fire Museum takes a look into the history of firefighting in the Rock Falls area. The museum displays vintage firefighting equipment, as well as, offers family friendly tours and children’s educational activities.

    403 W. 2nd Street Rock Falls, Illinois 61071
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    Galena, Illinois - VisitGalena.org

    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 […]

    123 North Commerce Galena, IL
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    German American Heritage Center

    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.

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

    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 […]

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

    The Hennepin Canal played an important role in the history of commerce and industry in the United States, as a result the entire canal is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Rock Falls is the starting point of the Hennepin Feeder Canal which supplies water to the greater Hennepin Canal. Today the […]

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

    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 […]

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

    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, […]

    10 Lock & Dam Lane Guttenberg, IA
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    Mathias Ham House

    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 […]

    350 East 3rd Street Dubuque, IA
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    National Brewery Museum & Library

    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 […]

    133 North Main Potosi, WI
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    National Farm Toy Museum

    The National Farm Toy Museum in Dyersville, Iowa, “The Farm Toy Capital of the World,” is the place to visit! With thousands of toys, exhibits, and displays scattered throughout, the Museum lets visitors discover how farming has changed throughout the years and the history of the tractors that help make successful harvests happen. The Museum […]

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

    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 […]

    350 East 3rd Street Dubuque, IA
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    Northwest Territory Historic Center

    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 […]

    205 West 5th Street Dixon, IL
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    Old Blacksmith Shop

    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 […]

    211 South Bench Street Galena, IL
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    Old Jail Museum

    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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    Pendarvis Historic Site

    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 […]

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    Sinsinawa Mound

    The Mound, the highest point in Grant County, is home to the Dominican Sisters and is open to the public as a retreat/conference center. The Book & Gift Gallery store features baked goods, unique gifts and home decor.

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

    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 […]

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

    Galena’s oldest house, Dowling House, was built in 1826 by John Dowling. Built of limestone, it was once the only trading post in the city. The Dowling House was equipped with primitive living quarters and hosted many fur traders in years past. Tour guides provide a complete history of the development of the City of […]

    220 Diagonal Street, Galena, IL 61036
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