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  • Docent Gallery Walk, Apr 26

    (Exhibit - Sunday, April 26, 2015)

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    Docent-led Gallery Walk: "Stuff! The Art of Collecting" Exhibition

    Sat, Apr 26  |  1 pm & 2:30 pm

    International Gallery

    Enjoy a fun and informative docent-led tour of our Stuff! The Art of Collecting exhibit. Tours are at 1 pm & 2:30 pm and last approximately 45 minutes. 

    Free with paid Museum admission.

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  • Rosewater - directed by Jon Stewart

    (Theater - Sunday, April 26, 2015)

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    Rosewater - written & directed by Jon Stewart

    Sun Apr 26  |  4-8 pm

    Giant Screen Theater

    In 2009, Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari was detained by Iranian forces allegedly for sending a video of Iranians protesting the government to the BBC. He was then imprisoned as a spy blindfolded and brutally interrogated for 118 days. The only recognizable feature about his interrogator was the smell of rosewater. An interview and parody that Maziar did with a journalist on The Daily show was used as evidence that Maziar was working with the US government and the CIA.

    Rosewater is based on the true story Then They Came for Me by Maziar Bahari, and was written & directed by Jon Stewart. The film is presented in partnership with Peoria Area World Affairs Council.

    Tickets: $10 adult | $9 senior or student | $8 youth (up to 17)

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    SCHEDULE

    3:30 pm | Doors open

    4:00 pm | Skype Q & A with Maziar Bahari

    4:30 pm | "Rosewater," film directed by Jon Stewart

    6:15 pm | Break

    6:45 pm | "To Light a Candle," documentary by Maziar Bahari

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  • Art-Spiration! Flower Showers

    (General - Tuesday, April 28, 2015)

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    Art-spiration Workshop: Flower Showers

    April 28  |  2 PM

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

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

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  • Remembering Richard: Pryor on the Giant Screen

    (Theater - From Thursday, April 30, 2015 until Friday, May 1, 2015)

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    Remembering Richard: Pryor on the Giant Screen

    Apr 30 & May 1  |  6 pm & 9 pm

    Giant Screen Theater (all films rated R)

    Celebrate Peoria-native Richard Pryor by experiencing four of his critically acclaimed films (two movies and two stand-up routines) on the Giant Screen! For more on the May 3 unveiling of sculptor Preston Jackson's stature of Richard Pryor by the African American Hall of Fameclick here

    RICHARD PRYOR FILM FEST SCHEDULE

    Thu, Apr 30
    Lady Sings the Blues  |  6 pm
    Richard Pryor: Live on the Sunset Strip  |  9 pm

    Fri, May 1
    Stir Crazy  |  6 pm
    Richard Pryor ... Here and Now  |  9 pm

    Tickets: adult $7  |  senior or student (with ID) $6  -  All films rated R. To purchase tickets, click here.

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    SUN, MAY 3   |  Richard Pryor: More than Just a Comedian

    12-5 pm: RIVERFRONT MUSEUM - Free Access to The Street Gallery

    FREE ACCESS to The Street Gallery - with the African American Wall of Fame, notable Peorians kiosk featuring Richard Pryor, and Story Studio - where you may record your own oral history remembering Richard Pryor.

    3 pm: WASHINGTON & STATE STREET - Richard Pryor Sculpture Unveiling

    The African American Hall of Fame Museum (AAHFM) proudly announces “Richard Pryor – More than just a Comedian” – the larger-than-life Richard Pryor sculpture work – has been completed. The bronze casting of Richard will be located in the downtown area of Washington Street and State Street in the New Warehouse District in Peoria. Sculptor Preston Jackson is finalizing the details for the installation. Please join the Richard Pryor sculpture committee, Jennifer Lee Pryor, Richard’s family, Richard’s friends and the AAHFM board for the unveiling. (Via: The Traveler Weekly )

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  • Playing in Peoria: Will it Play? (Our Vaudeville History)

    (General - Thursday, April 30, 2015)

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    Playing in Peoria: History Like You've Never Experienced Before!

    This week: Will it Play in Peoria? Our Vaudeville History

    Thu, Apr 30, 6-7 PM

    Museum Boardroom (door on right, before Lakeview Auditorium), Water Street level)

    Explore the Peoria area’s rich history of leisure and entertainment in this fascinating new lecture series!

    This week, local historian Liz Bloodworth exposes the origins of the famous phrase, "Will It Play in Peoria?," as we explore Peoria's vaudeville history and the theaters that made it possible.

    Participants will also get to enjoy light snacks and a complementary glass of beer or wine as part of the event! Come trace the evolution of Peoria’s leisure culture as you take part in the modern-day leisure museum culture! Instructor: Liz Bloodworth, MA (history).

    $12 members  |  $15 public  (per class)

    Call 309-863-3034 to register.

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  • Space Out with Robert Rich - Filaments Tour 2015

    (Planetarium - Friday, May 1, 2015)

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    Robert Rich in Concert

    Filaments Tour - Spring 2015

    Fri, May 1  |  8 pm

    Dome Planetarium

    Since first conducting his legendary all-night “sleep concerts” at Stanford University in the early 1980s, ambient music composer Robert Rich has gone on to create a body of work more than 30 albums deep. He has composed television and film soundtracks. His work has influenced countless electronic musicians. He has played concerts all around the world.

    Rich is touring in part to support the release of his newest album, Filaments, an exploration into cosmology with interlocking cyclic patterns and vast sweeping panoramas. His music will be accompanied by immersive visuals on the Dome. Contact Renae Kerrigan at 309-863-3030 or rkerrigan@peoriariverfrontmuseum.org for more information

    Learn more about Robert Rich - click here.

    Tickets: $12 in advance  l  $15 at the door

    Purchase tickets online, in person at the front desk, or by calling 309-686-7000. Seating is limited.

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  • FUSE: Interactive Media Experience 2015

    (General - Saturday, May 2, 2015)

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    FUSE: Interactive Media Experience 2015

    Sat, May 2  |  10 am - 5 pm

    Presented by Bradley University, Slane College of Communications & Fine Arts - Department of Interactive Media

    Join us for a one-day annual interactive art show of creative student work plus hands-on exhibits for kids & adults, presented by Bradley University's Slane College of Communications & Fine Art. FUSE features a collaboration - a fusion of art and technology - within the department’s three programs, and brings the best of Bradley’s Interactive Media Department to life in a show designed to allow the public to engage with artists and developers of technology.

    PLAY • WATCH • INTERACT

    Video Showcase
    The Giant Screen Theater is the only place in Peoria to see this amazing original 4K production featuring work from award-winning Interactive Media students. The ultra high resolution video will give you a quick sample of the amazing work these creative minds have produced!

    Senior Presentations
    Have a seat in the Giant Screen Theater and hear from our graduating seniors about their experience at Bradley and their final projects. Watch live demonstrations of capstone projects, a digital game and a mobile application.

    Creative Exhibition
    Stop by and chat with one of our Interactive Media majors and see what they can do. The entire department of artists and developers of technology will be on hand to display the work they have created.

    Green Screen Experience
    Have you ever wondered how a green screen works? Step on up and find out! Choose an environment and props to play with, and we will make a custom composited video of you battling dinosaurs and so much more!

    Catapult Projects
    Five student groups have created designed and built original experiences that offer a unique look at the convergence of media, technology, and storytelling. We invite you to stop by and play, watch, and interact.

    • 'Finders Keepers' is an interactive three-dimensional game where users search for hidden treasure within three brightly colored rooms filled with movable objects
    • 'Explore and Create' invites users to immerse themselves in world of virtual reality using the Oculus VR Rift. Explore virtual space while using you hands to paint the world around you
    • 'Stomp!' Lets you be a giant monster that smashes a city. This motion capture game is your chance to channel your inner monster and destroy buildings for a high score
    • 'Jam Band' allows users to compose their own songs by interacting with digital instruments on Apple iPad

    Free access to most event areas, including Giant Screen Theater, Lobby and Lakeview Auditorium. Normal museum admission applies for entry into FUSE 'green room' exhibit and all other Museum exhibits.

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  • Docent Led Gallery Walk, May 3

    (General - Sunday, May 3, 2015)

    Please come and enjoy a docent led tour of the exhibit, Stuff! The Art of Collecting. Tours are at 1:00 & 2:30. Tours last approximately 45 minutes. Free with paid museum admission.

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  • Relax Under the Stars - First Wednesdays FREE Noon Event!

    (Planetarium - Wednesday, May 6, 2015)

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    Relax Under the Stars - First Wednesdays FREE Noon Event!

    Wed, May 6  |  12-1 pm

    Dome Planetarium (use Museum's north side entrance - at the Dome)

    Stressed at work? Need a break from your hectic day? Come to Dome Planetarium and calm down. Enjoy a short star talk, then let your tension float away under starry skies with soothing background music. First Wednesday of the month at noon.

    NOTE: Please use the north side entrance of the Museum, at the Dome Planetarium - across from Caterpillar Visitors Center.

  • I C Ceres - News from the Dawn Mission

    (Planetarium - Saturday, May 9, 2015)

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    I C Ceres - News from the Dawn Mission

    Sat, May 9  |  1-5 pm

    Dome Planetarium

    Did you know that NASA has a space probe orbiting a dwarf planet? The Dawn mission is orbiting the dwarf planet Ceres, an icy round body in the asteroid belt. Learn breaking news from the mission and see high resolution images in live streaming lectures from project scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. There will be activities in the museum lobby from 1-3 pm, and live streaming lectures in the Dome from ~3-5 pm.

    Free with general admission. Contact Renae Kerrigan at 309-863-3030 or rkerrigan@peoriariverfrontmuseum.org for more information.

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  • Docent Led Gallery Walk, May 10

    (General - Sunday, May 10, 2015)
    Please come and enjoy a docent led tour of the exhibit, Stuff! The Art of Collecting. Tours are at 1:00 & 2:30. Tours last approximately 45 minutes. Free with paid museum admission.

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  • Wine & Art Night with Eugene Maison

    (General - Saturday, May 16, 2015)

    Wine & Art Night 

    Monotype Printmaking with artist & professor Eugene Nana Ekow Maison

    Studio 2

    Sat, May 16   |  7-9 pm

    Join us as we explore a variety of art forms and techniques this winter, all while enjoying a glass or two of wine with friends! Participants will learn a little about and method before creating a beautiful completed piece of art to take home and show off to family and friends. This month Jana Maxwell leads you in recreating a Georgia O'Keeffe work of art. Wine and all materials provided.

    Ages 21+
    $30 members | $33 public

    Register early; seating limited.

  • Docent Led Gallery Walk, May 16

    (General - Saturday, May 16, 2015)
    Please come and enjoy a docent led tour of the exhibit, Stuff! The Art of Collecting. Tours are at 1:00 & 2:30. Tours last approximately 45 minutes. Free with paid museum admission.

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  • Docent Led Gallery Walk, May 17

    (General - Sunday, May 17, 2015)
    Please come and enjoy a docent led tour of the exhibit, Stuff! The Art of Collecting. Tours are at 1:00 & 2:30. Tours last approximately 45 minutes. Free with paid museum admission.

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  • Pub Night Under the Stars

    (Planetarium - Friday, May 22, 2015)

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    Pub Night Under the Stars

    Dome Planetarium

    Fri, May 22  |  7-9 pm

    Learn the latest news from Space while you enjoy local craft beer and soft pretzels under the stars! Planetarium Curator, Renae Kerrigan, will take you on a tour of the Universe using our remarkable Uniview software. Beer, soft pretzels, fixings, and bar snacks served. Contact Renae Kerrigan at 309-863-3030 or rkerrigan@peoriariverfrontmuseum.org for more information about the event.

    $25 members  l  $30 public

    Register in person at the front desk or by calling 309-686-7000. Preregistration required. Seating is limited. Walk-ins allowed as space permits. Must be 21+ to attend.

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  • Docent Led Gallery Walk, May 23

    (General - Saturday, May 23, 2015)
    Please come and enjoy a docent led tour of the exhibit, Stuff! The Art of Collecting. Tours are at 1:00 & 2:30. Tours last approximately 45 minutes. Free with paid museum admission.

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  • Laser Light Nights: Beatles & Zeppelin

    (Planetarium - Saturday, May 23, 2015)

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    LASER LIGHT NIGHTS: BEATLES & ZEPPELIN

    Sat, May 23
    6 pm - Laser Beatles
    7 pm - Laser Zeppelin

    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.)

    TICKETS
    Members: free  |  Public: $5 one show, $8 both shows  (available at the front desk or by calling 686.7000)

    LASER LIGHT NIGHTS SCHEDULE

    Sat, June 20

    6 pm - Laser Vinyl (Classic Rock)
    7 pm - Laser U2

    Sat, July 11

    6 pm - Laser Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon
    7 pm - Laser Floyd: The Wall

    Sat, Aug 22

    6 pm - Laser Zeppelin
    7 pm - Laser Metallica

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  • Docent Led Gallery Walk, May 24

    (General - Sunday, May 24, 2015)

    Please come and enjoy a docent led tour of the exhibit, Stuff! The Art of Collecting. Tours are at 1:00 & 2:30. Tours last approximately 45 minutes. Free with paid museum admission.

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  • Laser Light Night - Classic Rock & U2

    (Planetarium - Saturday, June 20, 2015)

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    LASER LIGHT NIGHTS - CLASSIC ROCK & U2

    Sat, June 20
    6:00 pm - Laser Vinyl (Classic Rock)
    7:00 pm - Laser U2

    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.)

    Tickets - members: free  |  public: $5 one show, $8 both shows

    LASER LIGHT NIGHTS SCHEDULE

    Sat, July 11

    6 pm - Laser Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon
    7 pm - Laser Floyd: The Wall

    Sat, Aug 22

    6 pm - Laser Zeppelin
    7 pm - Laser Metallica

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  • Free Day! Robo Rumble 2015

    (General - Saturday, June 27, 2015)

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    Free Day!

    Robo Rumble 2015

    Sat, Jun 27  |  12-5 pm
    Lobby

    Experience the exciting world of robotics as teams compete for the top ranking in this family-friendly annual event. These robots are ready for battle, are you ready to cheer them on? Free and open to the public. 

    We thank our Robo Rumble 2015 sponsor ATS (Advanced Technology Services)!

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  • Laser Light Night - Floyd

    (General - Saturday, July 11, 2015)

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    Laser Light Night - Laser Floyd

    Sat, July 116:00 pm - Laser Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon
    7:00 pm - Laser Floyd: The Wall

    Members: free  |  Public: $5 one show, $8 both shows

    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.)

    Laser Light Nights upcoming schedule 

    Sat, Aug 22
    6:00 pm - Laser Zeppelin
    7:00 pm - Laser Metallica

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  • Monarch Butterflies & Other Pollinators

    (General - Saturday, July 11, 2015)

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    Monarch Butterflies and Other Pollinators - Family Day!

    Museum Lobby  |  Sun Plaza  |  River Classroom

    Sat July 11  |  12-4 pm

    Monarch butterflies, bees, hummingbirds, oh my! Learn what you can do to help save the pollinators in this educational and fun Family Day. Local organizations will have living and preserved pollinators on display, teach about native plants, and much more. This event is co-sponsored by the Heart of Illinois Sierra Club.

    Activities are free. Regular admission applies to museum galleries.

    Contact Renae Kerrigan at 309-863-3030 or rkerrigan@peoriariverfrontmuseum.org for more information.

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  • Night at the Riverfront Museum

    (General - From Saturday, July 25, 2015 until Sunday, July 26, 2015)

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    Night at the Riverfront Museum
    Saturday, July 25th at 6:30 p.m. - Sunday, July 26th at 8 a.m.

    Don’t let the kids have all the fun this summer; adults like sleepovers too!

    For the first time ever, the Riverfront Museum will host an adults-only sleepover event! In this late-night adventure, you’ll enjoy a delicious buffet dinner, spectacular science demonstrations, a stellar Planetarium show, The Great Gallery Challenge, and much more as you roam our five galleries after-hours. Best of all, when the activities are done, you’ll get to settle down in the spot of your choice to spend a truly unique night at the Riverfront Museum!

    Click here for more information; ticket prices start at $100!

    Space is limited for this event, so be sure to make your reservations early! Group pricing is available for those purchasing six or more tickets; all participants must be 21 years or older.

    Call or email Lottie at 309-863-3064 or lphillips@peoriariverfrontmuseum.org for more information or to reserve your spot!

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  • Laser Light Night - Zeppelin & Metallica

    (General - Saturday, August 22, 2015)

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    Laser Light Night - Zeppelin & Metallica

    Sat, Aug 226:00 pm - Laser Zeppelin
    7:00 pm - Laser Metallica

    Members: free | Public: $5 one show, $8 both shows

    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.)

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