Opportunity Returns is the governor's plan for creating jobs and economic growth.
Blagojevich says Rockford museums are big tourist attractions and we must continue to invest in these critical institutions.
Midway Village received the largest grant, more than $154,000.
The museum president says he's elated. The money will help fund a key museum project, the restoration of a 1905 barn. The money will also be used to address public accessibility and safety issues for the new Education Center.
The other four museums benefiting from the grants are Burpee Museum of Natural History, Discovery Center Museum, Klehm Arboretum and the Tinker Swiss Cottage Museum.