OTTAWA — This summer, Reddick Mansion is offering free admissions to all active duty military personnel and their families as part of the Blue Star Museums program. Blue Star Museums is a collaboration of the National Endowments for the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more that 1,800 museums across America to offer free admission to all military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Diane Sanders, president of the Reddick Mansion Association, said, “The Reddick Mansion is proud to be part of the Blue Star Museums program. We appreciate the opportunity to thank our military families for their service and share with them one of Ottawa’s and Illinois’ cultural treasures. Last year, veterans and their families did tour the Mansion as part of this program, and we are hoping for even more participants this year.”
Blue Star Families is a national, nonprofit network of military families from all ranks and services, including guard and reserve, dedicated to supporting, connecting and empowering military families.
The Reddick Mansion, built in 1858, is listed on the National Register of Historic Sites and is open for tours 6 days a week from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is closed on Tuesdays. The Mansion is located at 100 W. Lafayette St., Ottawa.
Blue Star Museums
Chicago — Bach House, Bronzeville Children’s Museum, Chicago History Museum, Clarke House Museum, Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House, Glessner House Museum, Leather Archives and Museum, Loyola University Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum of Science and Industry, National Museum of Mexican Art, National Veterans Art Museum, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Smart Museum of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Richard H. Driehaus Museum and The Rookery.
Davenport, Iowa — Figge Art Museum.
LaSalle — The Hegeler Carus Mansion.
Ottawa — Ottawa Historical and Scouting Heritage Museum and Reddick Mansion Association.
Peoria — Peoria Riverfront Museum.
Rock Island — Rock Island Arsenal Museum.