Events

  • American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition

    (Exhibit - From Saturday, February 20, 2016 until Monday, May 30, 2016)

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    American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition

    Exhibit run: Feb 20 - May 30, 2016

    International Feature Gallery

    Step back in time to an era of flappers and suffragists, bootleggers and temperance workers, and real-life legends like Al Capone and Carrie Nation. Created by the National Constitution Center, American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition is the first comprehensive exhibition about America’s most colorful and complex constitutional hiccup. Spanning from the dawn of the temperance movement, through the Roaring ’20s, to the unprecedented repeal of a constitutional amendment, this world-premiere exhibition brings the whole story of Prohibition vividly to life. American Spirits: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition is curated by Daniel Okrent, Pulitzer Prize finalist and author of Last Call: The Rise and Fall of Prohibition.

    Additional $3 charge with general admission for non-members.

    For more information call 309.686.7000.  

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  • Drop-in Drawing | May 8

    (General - Sunday, May 8, 2016)

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    Drop-in Drawing

    Sun, May 8 | 12-5 pm

    Folk Art Gallery

    New Program! Supplies provided with ID (or bring your own)!

    Escape the chaos of life and relax while sketching in the Museum's galleries. Learn the way the masters did and draw inspiration from original works of art while giving yourself a much needed break. Stay for thirty minutes or three hours, sketching a piece or two to take home with you.

    Check out supplies at the front desk (folding stool, sketching paper, a clipboard, and a pencil) - or bring your own sketchbook and pencils. (There is no cost to borrow supplies, but we ask that you leave a driver's license, library card, or similar as a security deposit.)

    All ages welcome (ages 16 and under require an adult in attendance). Free for members and with general admission.
    Pencils only in the galleries, please!

    To see upcoming dates - click here

    For more information call 309.686.7000

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  • Wine & Cheese Under the Stars | August Hill Winery

    (Planetarium - Friday, May 13, 2016)

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    Wine & Cheese Under the Stars

    Featuring August Hill Winery

    Fri, May 13, 2016 | 7-9 pm

    Dome Planetarium

    Featuring wines from August Hill Winery, Utica, Illinois. Wine & Cheese Under the Stars lets you relax with a variety of local wines under a full-dome spectacular night sky. Enjoy the latest news from space and take a real-time Uniview tour across the Universe with an astronomy expert as your guide. Guests will receive up to three glasses of wine or sparkling juice, and a variety of cheese & crackers with paid admission.

    $25 members  |  $30 public

    Buy tickets online – click here .

    Tickets & more info also available at the Museum or by phone: 309-686-7000.

    Wine & Cheese Under the Stars 2016 Schedule

    Fri, July 22, 2016  |  7-9 pm
    Wines from: Kickapoo Creek Winery, Edwards, IL

    Fri, Aug 19, 2016   |    7-9 pm
    Wines from: Mackinaw Valley Vineyard, Mackinaw, IL

    Limited seating, advance registration requested. Register in person at the information desk or by phone: 309-686-7000

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  • Gallery Walk with Kristan McKinsey, Museum Curator

    (Exhibit - Saturday, May 14, 2016)

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    Gallery Walk with Kristan McKinsey 

    Sat, May 14  |  2 pm

    Folk Art Gallery

    Join Museum Curator Kristan McKinsey on a special exhibition tour of Figures of Strength: Artworks by Nita Sunderland located in the Folk Art Gallery.

    For more docent led gallery tours - click here

    Free tour with general admission.

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  • Speakeasy Saturdays | Whiskies of the World: Tutorial & Tasting

    (General - Saturday, May 14, 2016)

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    Speakeasy Saturdays  |  Whiskeys/Whiskies of the World: Tutorial & Tasting

    Sat, May 14  |  2-4 pm

    Auditorium

    Sample Whiskeys! FREE Limited Edition 5-oz. Tasting Glass!

    Join Hugh Higgins, Whiskey Aficionado and owner of Hearth Restaurant, for a tutorial on whiskeys with whiskey tasting. Samples will include one bourbon, one rye, one Irish whiskey, and two Scotch whiskies. We will end the event with 30/30 J.K. Williams bourbon barrel coffee. Participants are welcome to visit the American Spirits: Rise and Fall of Prohibition exhibition falling the tutorial (exhibition admission included). Complimentary 5-oz  souvenir glass included.

    $30 members  |  $33 public

    Buy tickets online now - click here.

    Tickets and more info also available at the Museum or by phone: 309.686.7000. All materials included. Must be 21 or older. Seating is limited for this event.

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  • Scouting at the Museum: Home Scientist

    (General - Sunday, May 15, 2016)

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    Scouting at the Museum: Home Scientist
    Sun, May 15th | 12pm – 3 pm

    This Scouting at the Museum event is a one-day workshop for Brownies to earn their Home Scientist badge with safe but exciting experiments that you probably couldn't do at home. The girl scouts will learn the basics of chemistry as they make their own batch of liquid nitrogen ice cream and “space putty” to take home. Other experiments include static electricity, chemical reactions, and density. The workshop includes everything the scouts need to get their patch!

    While this workshop is intended for brownies to earn their Home Scientist patch, it is open to scouts and family members of all ages.
    There will be a snack break for the scouts to enjoy their ice cream. Scouts are welcome to bring a snack or money for the concession stand.

    $25 per Scout. By tickets online now - click here.

    Group rates are available for groups of 5 or more and include 1 chaperon per 5 scouts. Tickets and more info also available at the museum or by phone: 309.868.7000.

  • Drop-in Drawing | May 15

    (General - Sunday, May 15, 2016)

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    Drop-in Drawing

    Sun, May 15 | 12-5 pm

    Folk Art Gallery

    New Program! Supplies provided with ID (or bring your own)!

    Escape the chaos of life and relax while sketching in the Museum's galleries. Learn the way the masters did and draw inspiration from original works of art while giving yourself a much needed break. Stay for thirty minutes or three hours, sketching a piece or two to take home with you.

    Check out supplies at the front desk (folding stool, sketching paper, a clipboard, and a pencil) - or bring your own sketchbook and pencils. (There is no cost to borrow supplies, but we ask that you leave a driver's license, library card, or similar as a security deposit.)

    All ages welcome (ages 16 and under require an adult in attendance). Free for members and with general admission.
    Pencils only in the galleries, please!

    To see upcoming dates - click here.

    For more information call 309.686.7000

  • "American Spirits" Docent Tour | May 15

    (General - Sunday, May 15, 2016)

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    American Spirits Docent Tour

    Sun, May 15 | 1 pm

    Join a knowledgeable Museum docent on an exhibition tour of American Spirits the Rise and Fall of Prohibition.

    Free tour with general admission & exhibition up-charge.

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  • "Peoria History" Docent Tour | May 15

    (General - Sunday, May 15, 2016)

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    Peoria History Docent Tour

    Sun, May 15 | 2:30 pm

    Join a knowledgeable Museum docent on an exhibition tour of Peoria History: Shaped by Place and Time located in the Street gallery.

    Free tour with general admission.

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  • Super Saturday: Plants!

    (General - Saturday, May 21, 2016)

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    Super Saturday: Plants!

    Sat, May 21 | 1:30-2:30 pm

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    Join knowledgeable Museum staff and volunteers as we explore the science behind plants!

    Free to members and with regular paid admission. Call 309-686-7000 for more information.

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  • Cabernet & Clay | Hand Built Ceramics - SOLD OUT!

    (General - Saturday, May 21, 2016)

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    Cabernet & Clay  |  Hand Built Ceramics - SOLD OUT!

    Sat, May 21  |  6:30-9 pm

    Studio 1

    Sit back, relax, and enjoy the simple pleasure of making something with your own two hands. Local teacher and artist, Al Corpuz, will lead you in a variety of ceramic techniques, including glazing, wheel throwing, and hand-building! Best of all, once you’ve created it, we’ll fire and glaze it for you! All events will include a variety of wine and light snacks, and finished pieces will be ready for pickup within 10 business days.

    $30 members | $33 public

    Buy tickets now - click here.
    Tickers & more info also available at the Museum or by phone: 309.686.7000.

    Ages 21 and over only. All materials are included. This program is conditional upon minimum participation. If you are interested in scheduling a private Cabernet & Clay for a special occasion or for your organization, contact Taylor at 309-863-3034.

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  • "American Spirits" Docent Tour | May 22

    (General - Sunday, May 22, 2016)

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    American Spirits Docent Tour

    Sun, May 22 | 1 pm

    Join a knowledgeable Museum docent on an exhibition tour of American Spirits the Rise and Fall of Prohibition.

    Free tour with general admission & exhibition up-charge.

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  • "Peoria History" Docent Tour | May 22

    (General - Sunday, May 22, 2016)

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    Peoria History Docent Tour

    Sun, May 22 | 2:30 pm

    Join a knowledgeable Museum docent on an exhibition tour of Peoria History: Shaped by Place and Time located in the Street gallery.

    Free tour with general admission.

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  • Laser Light Night | Beatles & U2

    (Planetarium - Friday, May 27, 2016)

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    LASER LIGHT NIGHTS  |  Beatles & U2

    Fri, May 27 
    6 pm - Laser Beatles
    7 pm - Laser U2

    Dome Planetarium

    Sit back, relax, look up and rock out! Listen to your favorite music - The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, U2, and more - while being dazzled by the multicolored laser light show on the Dome. Enhance your experience - pick up spectrum glasses and refreshments from our concession stand and enjoy the show! 35-50 min. (Note: These shows contain lyrics to popular songs and some may not be suitable for all ages.)

    Free for members | $5 one show, $8 both shows public

    Buy tickets online now - click here.

    For more information or questions calling 309.686.7000.

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  • Art-spiration: Cherry Blossoms!

    (General - Saturday, May 28, 2016)

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    Art-spiration: Cherry Blossoms!

    Sat, May 28 | 1:30-2:30 pm

    Lobby

    Looking for a little art-spiration? Stop by the lobby for a free family-friendly art workshop that encourages teamwork, investigation and imagination!

    Free to members and with regular paid admission. Call 309-686-7000 for more information.

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  • "American Spirits" Docent Tour | May 29

    (General - Sunday, May 29, 2016)

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    American Spirits Docent Tour

    Sun, May 29 | 1 pm

    Join a knowledgeable Museum docent on an exhibition tour of American Spirits the Rise and Fall of Prohibition.

    Free tour with general admission & exhibition up-charge.

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  • "Peoria History" Docent Tour | May 29

    (General - Sunday, May 29, 2016)

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    Peoria History Docent Tour

    Sun, May 29 | 2:30 pm

    Join a knowledgeable Museum docent on an exhibition tour of Peoria History: Shaped by Place and Time located in the Street gallery.

    Free tour with general admission.

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  • D-Day: Normandy 1944 3D & Central Illinois WWII Reenactors

    (General - Monday, May 30, 2016)

    D-Day: Normandy 1944 3D & Central Illinois WWII Reenactors

    Mon, May 30 | 11 am, 1:30 pm, 4 pm

    Special Memorial Day showings of D-Day: Normandy 3D. Featuring the Central Illinois World War II Reenactors with WWII vehicles, actors & artifacts!

    $7.50 adult | $5.50 child | $6.50 senior (60+) | $5 member

    To purchase tickets, click here.

    For more information, call 309.686.7000.

  • Yoga Under the Stars | Jun 4 - Energetic

    (Planetarium - Saturday, June 4, 2016)

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    Yoga Under the Stars

    Sat, Jun. 4 | 5:15 pm - Energetic

    Dome Planetarium

    Energetic Flow
    Let your mind go as we connect movements in an energetically paced flow under the stars. We'll move at a quicker pace to build heat and strength, while maintaining sound alignment. Some yoga experience is beneficial.

    $20 members | $25 public

    Buy tickets online now - click here.
    Tickets & more info also available at the Museum or by phone: 309.686.7000.

    Upcoming Dates:
    Sat, Jun. 4 | 7:30 pm - Gentle
    Sun, Jun. 5 | 9:30 am - Energetic

    Limited mats are available, please bring a mat and a light blanket. Advanced tickets required. Purchase tickets in person at the ticket desk, online, or by phone at 309.686.7000. All sessions are an hour and 45 minutes in length.

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  • Yoga Under the Stars | Jun 4 - Gentle

    (Planetarium - Saturday, June 4, 2016)

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    Yoga Under the Stars

    Sat, Jun. 4 | 7:30 pm - Gentle

    Dome Planetarium

    Gentle Yoga
    Enjoy the healing benefits of a slower and a more restorative paced yoga, while gazing toward the stars. This session is great for beginners or those who prefer a gentle meditative practice.

    $20 members | $25 public

    Buy tickets online now - click here.
    Tickets & more info also available at the Museum or by phone: 309.686.7000.

    Upcoming Dates:
    Sun, Jun. 5 | 9:30 am - Energetic

    Limited mats are available, please bring a mat and a light blanket. Advanced tickets required. Purchase tickets in person at the ticket desk, online, or by phone at 309.686.7000. All sessions are an hour and 45 minutes in length.

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  • Yoga Under the Stars | Jun 5 - Energetic

    (Planetarium - Sunday, June 5, 2016)

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    Yoga Under the Stars

    Sun, Jun. 5 | 9:30 am - Energetic

    Dome Planetarium

    Energetic Flow
    Let your mind go as we connect movements in an energetically paced flow under the stars. We'll move at a quicker pace to build heat and strength, while maintaining sound alignment. Some yoga experience is beneficial.

    $20 members | $25 public

    Buy tickets online now - click here.
    Tickets & more info also available at the Museum or by phone: 309.686.7000.

    Limited mats are available, please bring a mat and a light blanket. Advanced tickets required. Purchase tickets in person at the ticket desk, online, or by phone at 309.686.7000. All sessions are an hour and 45 minutes in length.

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  • Be the Astronaut Opens

    (Exhibit - From Saturday, June 18, 2016 until Sunday, September 11, 2016)

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    Be The Astronaut Exhibition

    June 18 - September 11, 2016

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    DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO BE AN ASTRONAUT? 

    Lead missions into deep space! Drive a planetary rover using NASA data! interface with giant robots!

    Be the Astronaut is a world-class exhibit experience that teaches STEM based content via a fusion of physical exhibitry and state-of-the-art video game technology.

    Scientifically verified by experts at NASA for accuracy and feasibility, the exhibit teaches visitors about the concepts, challenges, and excitement of spaceflight, through the use of touch-screen stations, artifacts, and interactive simulator pods built to look like space capsules.

    Visitors will have their own crew of virtual content experts throughout every stage of the exhibit. These digital characters will help visitors learn what’s needed to fly a spaceship, pilot a lander, and drive a surface rover — then will be there as visitors climb in the simulators to actually perform these feats, in a thrilling narrative adventure that spans the solar system.

    In each space capsule, a massive 70” monitor serves as the ‘windshield,’ giving visitors a first-person view of their adventures. Touch-screens and an industrial-quality joystick put visitors in command. During missions, the entire cockpit comes alive with animated lighting effects, game visuals, and sounds that make visitors believe they ARE astronauts.

    Special companion robots will move about the hall and interact with visitors.

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    Explore CEFCU Space Mission 2016!

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  • Space to Ground: Amateur Radio & Space Club

    (General - From Tuesday, June 28, 2016 until Tuesday, July 26, 2016)

    Space to Ground: Amateur Radio & Space Club

    Meets Tuesdays: Jun 28 | July 12 | July 18 | July 26

    6-7:30 pm each night

    The club members will work with Peoria-Area Amateur Radio Club members, Riverfront Museum staff and 4-H volunteers to learn about the basics and history of amateur radio, learn about the International Space Station and the many other satellites orbiting the Earth, and how amateur radio operators are involved with the International Space Station.

    Members will build their own Morse code oscillator, participate in a planetarium interaction and the Be the Astronaut exhibit at the museum. Participants will also have the “once in a lifetime” opportunity to talk with astronauts on the International Space Station!

    Ages 11-14
    $15 supply fee in addition to $20 annual 4-H program fee (if not already a 4-H member)

    Register today - click here
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  • Scouting at the Museum: Sky is the Limit!

    (General - Saturday, July 30, 2016)

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    Sat, Jul 30th | 12pm - 3pm
    Dome Planetarium

    This workshop is intended to help Tiger Cub Scouts learn astronomy and earn their Sky is the Limit belt loop. The workshop will fulfill requirements 3-8 and prepare the Scouts for requirements for their night hike (requirements 1 & 2).

    The workshop includes a planetarium show, a lesson on constellations and the science behind the stars, and hands-on time for Scouts to make their own planisphere (star-chart) and practice with them. They will also observe the daytime moon through a telescope (weather permitting).

    The workshop also includes admission to the museum so that Scouts and chaperones can explore the Be the Astronaut exhibit in the afternoon. While the event is intended for Tiger scouts to earn their Sky is the Limit belt loop, it is open to Scouts and family members of all ages.

    There will be a snack break. Please bring a lunch or money for the concession stand.

    $20 per Scout. By tickets online now - click here.
    Group rates are available for groups of 5 and more and include 1 chaperone per 5 Scouts.
    Tickets and more info also available at the museum or by phone: 309.868.7000.