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“Disappointing”
Review of Belvedere Mansion

Belvedere Mansion
Ranked #18 of 45 things to do in Galena
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Owner description: The green drapes from "Gone with the Wind" are one of the many interesting items on display at this 22-room Italianate-style home. Built in 1857, the mansion now exhibits period furnishings and also includes items from the estate of flamboyant entertainer Liberace.
Chicago, Illinois
Level 2 Contributor
6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
Reviewed 16 August 2014

The mansion is beautiful on the outside but once inside it is a disappointment. The rooms are kept dark and you cannot walk into most of them. Some of the furniture is authentic to the time of the mansion but the present owners are collectors of just about anything antique and it is overwhelmingly filled. We were rushed through in less than 30 minutes or our guided tour. It is $12.75/person entrance fee.

Visited August 2014
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Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Gorgeous mansion, wasn't much to see.”
Reviewed 15 August 2014

Most of the mansion was closed off to the public and very limited to see what was inside. The hosts spoke too fast about the history, etc. In addition, there are actually people living there so we didn't see the entire house.

Visited July 2014
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Brookfield, IL
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Visit the home of a late 1800's Galena Tycone”
Reviewed 14 August 2014

Built by a captain and owner of numerous paddle wheelers. Just goes to show both local craftsmanship and what was available in local furnishings, as well as European imports in the mid-1800's.

Visited August 2014
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Bourbonnais, Illinois
Level 5 Contributor
86 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Beautiful Home”
Reviewed 9 August 2014

Well worth the money for a tour of this beautiful mansion in Galena, Illinois. Many movie artifacts located in the home. Home has a interesting history, along with the town itself.

Visited August 2014
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Ohio
Level 1 Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“An antiquarian's dream”
Reviewed 8 August 2014

If you are not seriously interested in antique furniture, the cramped quarters and roped-off rooms may put you off. But if you are interested in seeing a varied collection of outstanding antique furniture and decor with fairly well-informed commentary, this destination is worth the price of admission.

Visited August 2014
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