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Local museums to benefit from Illinois Jobs Now! grants


Several museums in Winnebago and surrounding counties will benefit from over $15 million in capital investments being distributed to museums around the state through the Illinois Jobs Now! program.

The funds will help improve facilities and create new exhibits. They will also help create over 370 new jobs. The projects are part of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources' Illinois Public Museum Capital Grants Program.

The following local museums will receive funding:

  • Burpee Museum of Natural History - $347,000 to enhance several exhibits including new signage, lighting, interactive elements, and more
  • Byron Museum of History - $43,350 to enhance the Old Time Farming exhibit by turning part of the museum into a vintage barn setting
  • Discovery Center Museum - $262,000 as part of the Capital Expansion and Improvement Project's second phase to address Illinois state learning goals, including additions to the outdoor science park, new exhibits on modern energy production, exhibit upgrades, and more
  • Ellwood House Museum - $82,000 for the grounds water tower restoration project, repairs to various structural features, and landscaping improvements
  • Galena & U.S. Grant Museum - $86,000 toward the Port of Galena 1856 project, a permanent interactive exhibit exploring the Galena River and Port of Galena
  • Midway Village Museum - $327,000 to complete the immigrant home and the seventh and south main streetscapes
  • Rockford Art Museum - $281,700 to renovate gallery lighting to enhance exhibits and allow education programs to be featured in the lower level
  • Shabbona-Lee-Rollo Historical Museum - $125,000 to fund the construction of the museum, including a 1,200 square-foot addition to approve accessibility
  • Stephenson County Museum - $122,500 for preservation and energy efficiency projects at the Oscar Taylor Home including new heating and cooling units, woodwork repair, gutters, and increased attic installation
  • Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum - $300,000 for HVAC upgrades and building repairs/renovation, including replacement of must of the exterior trim work to maintain structural integrity to the building and extend the life of the structure
  • Veterans Memorial Hall - $189,069 for sustainable improvements through temperature control, overall lighting experience, and safety
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