Gary Schlosstein and the Civil War musket that he bought for $3 when he was 10 years old.

An afternoon with Castlerock Museum’s founder


On Saturday, November 9, at 2 p.m., there will be a special program at Castlerock Museum in Alma with Gary Schlosstein, the museum’s founder. Schlosstein first started collecting when he was 10 years old with a Civil War musket that he bought at an antique store for $3. This passion for collecting historical artifacts eventually led him to establish Castlerock Museum and its world-class collection of ancient and medieval arms and armor.

The program will open with Schlosstein taking visitors on a walk around the museum, sharing stories of how and where many of the artifacts were found, along with who used them and how they ended up in Alma. This will include a look at several new pieces added over the past year.

Afterward, the group will adjourn to the museum theater, where Schlosstein will share some exciting news about the museum’s plans to expand. This expansion will include a large two-story tower with an elevator to improve handicap access and a new display gallery covering American military history from the colonial period through possibly as late as World War II. As a teaser, there will be several early American firearms on display including one of the first “U.S.” marked muskets used in the Revolutionary War.

Admission is $6 for adults and $4 for students. Museum members may attend for free. The museum will open at 1 p.m. for visitors who would like to look around beforehand. Contact the museum at 608-685-4231 or for details.


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