Ulysses S. Grant Home

Great people leave us but their memories don’t. We remember them through their stories, things, and places which made them heroes. One such place to be proud of American history for every American is the beautiful home of Ulysses S. Grant. Ulysses S. Grant was the civil war general and later became the 18th president of the United States. His home is one of the most popular places in the US, it is located at 500 Bouthillier St, Galena. The house today will take you to the exact same house of 1865. It was gifted by the local townspeople to Ulysses S. Grant Home on his victorious return from the civil war. This house was built from 1859 to 1860.


The more you learn about great men the more you like to follow them. This place is perfect for you to know a lot more about Ulysses S. Grant, his family, and his lifestyle. This place will have a profound effect on you as you walk through the house.

The Galena & U.S. Grant Museum

Start your tour by experiencing Ulysses S Grant working life at the leather shop in Galena & U.S. Grant Museum. This museum is located at a distance of a mile from the Ulysses S. Grant Home. You will be amazed to know that the museum has restored from the tiniest of Grant’s things to the grandeur ones. From his cigar butts to 3-D holograms, to his original items to a lot of things related to his early history.

Interesting display of the past

Make sure to examine things with careful attention as you explore Grant’s house and the museum. You will be jubilant with the detailing and the restoration. One thing that will catch your attention of the American treasure is the famous Thomas Nast’s painting from 1895. The huge peace and union picture that 9 feet tall and 12 feet wide along with the flag that the Galena soldiers proudly raised after capturing Vicksburg will give you goose bumps.


This place is managed and maintained by the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency as the U.S. Grant Home State Historic Site.

Ulysses S. Grant Home is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


The museum throws a grant party every year before the weekend of April 27th (Grant’s Birthday). They organize fun activities for kids, battle reenactments, and an old-time pie auction. You can come here during this time and enjoy the joyful moments.

What to expect:

Ulysses S. Grant Home is open from Wednesday to Sunday from 9 am to 4.45 am. There is no charge for admission for the tour but you can donate as per your wish. It will take from 1 to 2 hours to cover the whole campus. Make sure to be reach here 10 minutes before your scheduled time for this place.

Plan your visit:

As this place is now open after the Covid 19 pandemic, please follow the guidelines as mentioned on the Ulysses S. Grant Home website. You can book a reservation for up to 8 people per tour including adults and children from the eventribe.com website. Please carry your mask and maintain six feet of social distancing as per the Covid 19 guidelines.


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