Galena museum offers free admission to military personnel and families

bluebird image with new signThe Galena-Jo Daviess County Historical Society announced their participation in “Blue Star Museums,” a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 2,000 museums across America that will offer free admission to all active duty military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

A complete list of participating museums is available at With ID, active duty military personnel and up to five family members can participate in the free admission program.

“We’re so pleased to support our military personnel and their families through this program,” stated Nancy Breed, Executive Director. “Our museum and blacksmith shop are great stops for families visiting Galena.”

The Galena & U.S. Grant Museum is 6,500 square feet of exhibit spaces including an authentic lead mine shaft and military history including the Civil War. The Old Blacksmith Shop, 245 N. Commerce Street, offers living history in an 1897 smithy.