Events

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

    (General - From Saturday, May 28, 2016 until Monday, May 30, 2016)

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

    Sat, May 28  |  11 am, 1:30 pm, 4 pm

    Special Memorial Day weekend showings of D-Day: Normandy 3D. Saturday, come see 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.

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  • Drop-in Drawing | May 29

    (General - Sunday, May 29, 2016)

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    Drop-in Drawing

    Sun, May 29 | 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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  • "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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  • Relax Under the Stars | FREE Noon Event!

    (Planetarium - Wednesday, June 1, 2016)

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    Relax Under the Stars  |  FREE Noon Event!

    Wed, Jun 1 | 12-1 pm
    First Wednesday of every month, 12-1 pm

    Dome Planetarium

    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 every month at noon.

    Free parking in the museum's parking garage, just bring in your ticket to be validated at the Front Desk. If you arrive past Noon, it will be dark in the Dome. Please pause for a few moments to allow your eyes to adjust to the dark. Someone will help you find your seats. Food and drink welcome in the Dome.

    Upcoming Dates: Jul 6, Aug 6

    More info also available at the Museum or by phone: 309.686.7000.

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  • "Figures of Strength" Docent Tour | Jun 4

    (General - Saturday, June 4, 2016)

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    Figures of Strength Docent Tour

    Sat, Jun 4 | 2pm

    Folk Art Gallery

    Join a knowledgeable Museum docent on an exhibition tour of Figures of Strength: Artworks by Nita Sunderland located in the Folk Art Gallery.

    Free tour with general admission.

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  • Yoga Under the Stars | Jun 4 - Energetic

    (Planetarium - Saturday, June 4, 2016)

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    Yoga Under the Stars

    Sat, Jun. 4 | 5:30 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 30 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 30 minutes in length.

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  • Drop-in Drawing | Jun 5

    (General - Sunday, June 5, 2016)

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    Drop-in Drawing

    Sun, Jun 5 | 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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  • 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 30 minutes in length.

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  • Pub Trivia in the Dome

    (Planetarium - Friday, June 10, 2016)

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    Pub Trivia in the Dome

    Featuring Peoria Brewing Company!

    Fri, Jun 10  |  7-9 pm 

    Dome Planetarium

    Trivia will cover topics from astronomy to earth science to pop culture. The winning team will get a fabulous prize from our gift shop. Included with admission is a free drink and catered pizza buffet. A cash bar will be available, including Peoria Brewing Company beer on tap. Trivia will cover topics from astronomy to earth science to pop culture. Categories: Seeing Stars, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Civilization and its Contents, Scientific Illiteracy, Geek Culture, Potpourri. The winning team will get a fabulous prize from our gift shop. Organize a team and buy your tickets today! Ages 21 and over.

    $20 members  |  $25 public

    Buy tickets online now – click here.

    One drink ticket is included with admission. Tickets and more info also available at the Museum of by phone: 309-686-7000.

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  • Bubble Blast!

    (General - Friday, June 10, 2016)

    Bubble Blast! 

    Fri, Jun 10 | 11-11:30 am

    Sun Plaza (rain location: Dave Ransburg Family Plaza, Washington St. side)

    Pop on by for a unique family-oriented demonstration all about bubbles! Although geared towards our pre-school guests, all ages will be dazzled by the awesome potential of a single bubble! The show will conclude at 11:30 am, but guests will be welcome to experiment with bubbles for the rest of the hour. All shows will take place on the Sun Plaza, weather permitting.

    A $2 donation per child is encouraged.

    Free public event. Call 309-686-7000 for more information.

  • Journey to Space 3D Premiere

    (Theater - Saturday, June 11, 2016)

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    "Journey to Space" 3D Premiere

    Sat, June 11  |  11 am, 1:30 pm, 4:00 pm

    Giant Screen Theater

    NASA’s next era will be its greatest yet. That is the clear “roadmap” painted by "Journey To Space." The film absolutely annihilates the perception that the space program died with the end of the Space Shuttle Program by showcasing the exciting plans NASA and the space community are working on, and the challenges they must overcome to carry out audacious missions such as landing astronauts on Mars and capturing asteroids.

    By using extensive interviews with astronauts Chris Ferguson (Commander of the final shuttle mission) and Serena Aunon (a new astronaut chosen for future flights), as well as a brilliant narration by film and television legend Sir Patrick Stewart, Journey To Space gives a sweeping overview of past space accomplishments, current activities and future plans.

    $7.50 adult  |  $6.50 senior  |  $5.50 child  |  $5 member

    Buy tickets online now - click here.

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  • Robo Rumble - FREE DAY!

    (General - Saturday, June 11, 2016)

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    Robo Rumble - FREE DAY!

     Sat, Jun 11 | 12-5 pm

    Lobby, Auditorium

    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?

    All activities, galleries, and planetarium shows will be free and open to the public. Giant Screen Theater is not included. 

    Teams Participating:
    FRC 1736 - Robot Casserole
    FRC 1756 - Argos
    FRC 2040 - DERT
    FRC 2081 - Icarus
    FRC 2481 - Roboteers
    FRC 4143 - Mars/Wars
    FRC 4212 - Techno Ferrets
    FRC 5442 - Mechanical Monarchy
    FTC 5202 - Zip TIE Fighters
    FTC 6933 - Construction Zone Robotics
    FTC 7317 - Quest Gators
    FTC 8648 - Manual Academy RoboRams
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    FIRST Teams participating:
    FRC - FIRST Robotics Competition - for age 14-18
    FTC - FIRST Tech Challenge - for age 14-18
    FLL - FIRST Lego League - for age 9-14

  • The Inventive and Controversial Duryea Brothers Lecture

    (General - Sunday, June 12, 2016)

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    The Inventive and Controversial Duryea Brothers
    Free Lecture Featuring Mike Rucker

    Sun, Jun 12  |  2 pm

    Auditorium

    Charles and Frank Duryea must be classified as “mechanical geniuses” in the invention and production of early gasoline powered vehicles. Henry Ford, who followed in their footsteps stated, “The Duryea car was a masterpiece. It did more to start the automobile business than any other car ever made.” Yet many controversies and historical errors have clouded their history and fame. Mike Rucker, who negotiated the return of the Duryea Peoria Trap to its place of origin, and initiated the fund raising organization to acquire it, will clarify the history of the Duryea brothers and discuss the Duryea Peoria Trap which is now on permanent exhibit at Peoria Riverfront Museum.

    Free and open to the public.

    More info also available at the Museum or by phone: 309.686.7000. 

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  • Laser Light Night | Vinyl & Metallica

    (Planetarium - Friday, June 17, 2016)

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    LASER LIGHT NIGHT  |  Vinyl & Metallica

    Fri, Jun 17 
    6 pm | Laser Vinyl (Classic Rock)
    7 pm | Laser Metallica

    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

    Click Here for the full Laser Light Nights Schedule

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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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  • "Figures of Strength" Docent Tour | Jun 18

    (General - Saturday, June 18, 2016)

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    Figures of Strength Docent Tour

    Sat, Jun 18 | 2pm

    Folk Art Gallery

    Join a knowledgeable Museum docent on an exhibition tour of Figures of Strength: Artworks by Nita Sunderland located in the Folk Art Gallery.

    Free tour with general admission.

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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    (General - Saturday, June 18, 2016)

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    2001: A Space Odyssey

    June 18 | 6:30 PM (arrive early for a special presentation about the film)

    An imposing black structure provides a connection between the past and the future in this enigmatic adaptation of a short story by revered sci-fi author Arthur C. Clarke. When Dr. Dave Bowman (Keir Dullea) and other astronauts are sent on a mysterious mission, their ship's computer system, HAL, begins to display increasingly strange behavior, leading up to a tense showdown between man and machine that results in a mind-bending trek through space and time.

    Rated G | 2h 41m

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

    Buy tickets now - click here!

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  • Wine & Art Night | Galaxy Painting

    (General - Saturday, June 18, 2016)

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    Wine & Art Night | Galaxy Painting 

    Sat, Jun 18 | 7-9 pm

    Studio 2

    Celebrate the opening of Be the Astronaut with this unique Wine & Art Night! Local artist, Eugene Nana Ekow Maison will lead participants in creating an out-of-this-world galaxy painting complete with glow-in-the-dark stars! For added inspiration, come early to explore the exhibition (admission included with price of event), and enjoy a variety of wine through the event.

    $30 members | $33 public

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

    All materials are included, Must be 21 or older only. To schedule a private workshop, and or Wine & Art Night, call Taylor Stef at 309.863.3034. This program requires at least 3 participants to run.

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  • "Figures of Strength" Docent Tour | Jun 25

    (General - Saturday, June 25, 2016)

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    Figures of Strength Docent Tour

    Sat, Jun 25 | 2 pm

    Folk Art Gallery

    Join a knowledgeable Museum docent on an exhibition tour of Figures of Strength: Artworks by Nita Sunderland located in the Folk Art Gallery.

    Free tour with general admission.

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  • Solar System Family Night: Bring the Whole Crew!

    (General - Saturday, June 25, 2016)

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    Solar System Family Night: Bring the Whole Crew!

    Sat, Jun 25  |  5-8 pm

    Families are invited to enjoy a fun-filled Solar System family night centered around the new Be the Astronaut exhibition! 

    Family ticket includes:

    • Children's activities for all ages
    • Dome Planetarium shows
    • "Be the Astronaut" exhibition entry
    • "Journey to Space" 3D on the Giant Screen showing
    • Light snacks & refreshments

    Members: $30 per family  |  Public: $35 per family

    Pre-Registration is required.

    Buy tickets online now - click here.  

    Tickets/registration and more info also available at the Museum or by phone: 309.686.7000.

    All materials/activities included in ticket price.

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  • ARRL Ham Radio Field Day

    (General - Saturday, June 25, 2016)

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    Have you ever wondered what Ham Radio is all about? Now is your chance to operate and experience the excitement that is Ham Radio!
    Join the Peoria-Area Amateur Radio Club on the Sun Plaza. Set up will begin at 9am on the 25th, and transmitting will begin at 1pm continuing until 1pm on the 26th. The event is free and open to the public.

    Field Day is a picnic, a camp out, practice for emergencies, an informal contest, and most off all - FUN! More than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or friends to operate from remote locations.

    ARRL is the national association for Amateur Radio in the USA. ARRL is the primary source of information about what is going on in ham radio. It provides books, news, support, and information for individuals and clubs.

  • Space to Ground: Amateur Radio & Space Club

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

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    Space to Ground: Amateur Radio & Space Club

    Meets Tuesdays: June 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
    For more info - click here.

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  • 4th of July Backyard BBQ Fundraiser

    (General - Monday, July 4, 2016)

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    4th of July Backyard BBQ

    Riverfront Museum Summer Fundraiser

    6-10:30 pm

    All you can eat! The best seat in town!

    Save your spot! Purchase tickets online today - click here.

    • Barrack’s Cater Inn all-you can eat buffet
    • Cash bar, Emack & Bolio’s ice cream & snacks
    • WMBD radio live remote broadcast with Greg Batton of "The Greg and Dan Show"!
    • “Be the Astronaut” exhibition open
    • Green Screen Photo Booth – underwritten by Advanced Medial Transport
    • $5 Educational Films: "Journey to Space" 3D, "Flight of the Butterflies" 3D, "Rescue" 3D
    • Indoor facilities, climate controlled viewing

    MEMBERS*: adults $35, children (3-12) $17 

    PUBLIC: adults $45, children (3-12) $22 

    *Member Bonus! Bring your family & friends! Purchase up to 4 guest tickets per household at the member rate.

    Tickets available online - click here.

    For more information call: 309.686.7000

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  • HAM CRAM

    (General - From Friday, July 8, 2016 until Saturday, July 9, 2016)

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    HAM CRAM

    2 Session Course:
    Fri, Jul 8, 6-8:30 pm | Sat, Jul 9 am-4 pm

    Boardroom

    Learn how to communicate via HAM radio! This high-intensity study session will prepare anyone to obtain a technician level amateur radio license. No prior radio experience is needed. Topics include how radio waves travel antennas and feed-line, amateur radio repeats, basic electricity concepts, how to set up a radio station, station operation and license requirements, and using HAM radio for emergency communications. This class is administered by the Peoria Area Amateur Radio Club. The fee covers the cost for the licensing test.

    $15 Members | $15 Public

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

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  • "Figures of Strength" Docent Tour | Jul 9

    (General - Saturday, July 9, 2016)

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    Figures of Strength Docent Tour

    Sat, Jul 9 | 2 pm

    Folk Art Gallery

    Join a knowledgeable Museum docent on an exhibition tour of Figures of Strength: Artworks by Nita Sunderland located in the Folk Art Gallery.

    Free tour with general admission.

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  • Wine & Cheese Under the Stars | Kickapoo Creek Winery

    (Planetarium - Friday, July 22, 2016)

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    Wine & Cheese Under the Stars

    Featuring Kickapoo Creek Winery 

    Fri, Jul 22 | 7-9 pm

    Dome Planetarium

    Featuring wines from Kickapoo Creek Winery located in Kickapoo 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, Aug 19 | 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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  • Makers in Motion Workshop

    (General - From Tuesday, July 26, 2016 until Wednesday, July 27, 2016)

    Makers in Motion Workshop 

    July 26 & 27
    8:30 am-4:30 pm each day

    Participants at the 2-day Makers in Motion Workshop will have fun learning about aerospace and drone technology. The youth will also get to experience the Be the Astronaut exhibit and planetarium at the museum. Plans also include a paper airplane competition. Using a silhouette cutter, youth will add their own designs to their planes before flying them with a smartphone!

    For students entering 7th & 8th grade.

    $50 per participant

    Register online now - click here

    Partners include Peoria Riverfront Museum and University of Illinois Extension, Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit. For more information, contact: University of Illinois Extension, Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit, Peoria County Branch Office: 309-685-3140.

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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.

  • Wine & Cheese Under the Stars | Mackinaw Valley Vineyard

    (Planetarium - Friday, August 19, 2016)

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    Wine & Cheese Under the Stars

    Featuring Mackinaw Valley Vineyard

    Fri, Aug 19  |  7-9 pm

    Dome Planetarium

    Featuring wines from Mackinaw Valley Vineyard in Mackinaw, Illinois. Wine & Cheese Under the Stars lets you relax with a variety of local wines under a spectacular full-dome 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. Wine & Cheese Under the Stars lets you relax with a variety of local wines under a full-dome spectacular night sky. 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 now - click here.
    Limited seating, advance registration requested. Register in person at the information desk or by phone: 309-686-7000

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