Events

  • GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World Opens

    (General - From Saturday, September 26, 2020 until Sunday, January 10, 2021)

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    ILLINOIS DEBUT!

    GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World 

    September 26 through January 10

    FEATURING THE WORLD'S LARGEST PLAYABLE GUITAR!

    "GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World" takes visitors of all ages on a fascinating and engaging exploration of the art, science, sound, history and pop culture behind the world's most popular instrument! Featuring a unique collection of more than 70 instruments - ranging from the rare and antique to the wildly popular and innovative - along with performance video, models and more,"GUITAR" gives you a chance to enjoy the instrument not only from the perspective of its history, evolution, and design, but through the music it has created and the technology that continues to enhance it.

    The guitar is one of the most enduring icons of the past 200 years, evolving from European and Asian instruments during the Middle Ages (oud, sitar, and lute). In "GUITAR," these instruments are displayed side by side next to the guitar as we know it today, with its signature hourglass shape. Packed with STEAM-based elements, GUITAR introduces visitors to concepts including electromagnetism, sound waves, frequency, decibel levels, mathematical scales, engineering design, and materials—along with amplification, memory skills, and performance."GUITAR" explores all facets of the guitar's history as an instrument of popular culture over four centuries to the science of creating sound with wood and steel.

    The museum gratefully acknowledges our exhibition presenting sponsors, Illinois Mutual, PNC, Ruby K. Worner Charitable Trust and OSF HealthCare, with additional sponsorship by the Corporate Visionary Society Council and Illinois Arts Council.

    "GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World" is produced by The National GUITAR Museum. The NGM was founded to promote and preserve the legacy of the guitar, and is the world's first museum dedicated to the history, science, evolution, and cultural impact of the guitar.

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  • Laser Fright | October 24th

    (General - Saturday, October 24, 2020)

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    Sit back, relax, look up and rock out! Get your scare on and listen to our special Laser Fright show 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.

    Saturday, October 24th | 1 PM 

    Purchase tickets - click here.

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  • Halloween Chillers on the Giant Screen | Us

    (General - Saturday, October 24, 2020)

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    Sat, Oct 24 | 3PM & 7PM

    Purchase tickets online - click here!

    Critics' Choice Movie Award for Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie, NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Motion Picture, New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actres s

    Accompanied by her husband, son and daughter, Adelaide Wilson (Lupita Nyong'o) returns to the beachfront home where she grew up as a child. Haunted by a traumatic experience from the past, Adelaide grows increasingly concerned that something bad is going to happen. Her worst fears soon become a reality when four masked strangers descend upon the house, forcing the Wilsons into a fight for survival. When the masks come off, the family is horrified to learn that each attacker takes the appearance of one of them. Written & directed by Jordan Peele. 2019. 2h 1m. R.

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  • LIVE at the Museum | Tim Wallis

    (General - Saturday, October 24, 2020)

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    LIVE at the Museum | Tim Wallis

    Sat, Oct 24 | 2-3 pm

    International Features Gallery

    Join local musicians in the "GUITAR" exhibition for live music every Saturday.

    In 1971, at the age of nine, Tim Wallis first began playing guitar. Since then, not only has he made his mark in the guitar world as one of the most innovative guitarists, he's also a successful inventor, songwriter, singer, audio/video producer and radio/tv host. 

    Tim's style of guitar playing is deeply rooted in Western Swing, Jazz, Classic Country and Americana. By using his Multi String Bender Bridge Inventions and String Drops, he can play Pedal Steel Guitar licks and Jazz chords that would be virtually impossible to play without them. Tim is also known for his Chicken Pickin' style of playing. His ability to play intricate double and triple stops at breakneck speeds has impressed even the toughest critics as well as very well known influential guitarists. 

    His musical instrument related inventions have sold all over the world and several have been licensed to major companies.

    With nearly 50 years of experience and thousands of gigs he's played, Tim knows how to entertain an audience. 

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  • Haunted Peoria History Tours | Virtual Event!

    (General - From Wednesday, October 28, 2020 until Friday, October 30, 2020)

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    Haunted Peoria History Tours | Virtual
    In Partnership with Peoria Historical Society

    Wed, Oct 28-Fri, Oct 29 | 7 pm 

    Virtual Tour LIVE on Zoom 

    Peoria’s Ghost Stories for the Young and the Young at Heart
    Family FriendlyWed, Oct 28 | 7 pm

    Haunted History: Mysterious Stirrings from the Mansions on Moss
    The Brave of Heart Thu, Oct 29 | 7 pm

    Peoria’s Ghosts about Town: Hauntings from Springdale Cemetery to Downtown Peoria
    Generally Spooky
    Fri, Oct 30 | 7 pm

    Halloween week, join the Peoria Historical Society and Peoria Riverfront Museum for Haunted Peoria History Tours – Virtually! Enjoy the dark side of Peoria as we venture to places where strange sightings and events have been reported. There’s a program suited to every age – register for one or all of these spooky seasonal virtual tours of our city and its spooky histories. Hosted by the Peoria Riverfront Museum, and presentations by trained Peoria Historical Society guides and historians.

    Advanced registration required. After registration you’ll receive an email with the Zoom link for your date’s connection.

    Zoom Connection | one connection per household please, limited connections available!

    $10 Museum Members + Peoria Historical Society Members | $15 Public 

    Register online now – click here!

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  • Laser Light Night | Fright, Bowie, Daft Punk

    (General - Friday, October 30, 2020)

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    Laser Light Night: Fright, 80's, Floyd

    Dome Planetarium 

    Sat, October 30

    6 pm | Laser Fright Light
    7:15 pm | Laser Bowie
    8:30 pm | Laser Daft Punk

    NEW SHOWS! Sit back, relax, look up and rock out! Get your scare on with Fright Light and listen to some David Bowie and Daft Punk while being dazzled with 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.)

    $5 Members | $8 Public
    *Multi-show discount available: $2 off for 2 shows & $3 off for three shows per patron.

    (For combo price tickets call 309.686.7000 or visit the ticket desk in person)

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

  • Halloween Chillers on the Giant Screen | Get Out

    (General - Friday, October 30, 2020)

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    Get Out

    Fri, Oct 30 | 3 PM & 7 PM

    Purchase tickets online - click here!

    Academy Award for Writing (Original Screenplay), MTV Movie Award for Best Comedic Performance, Empire Award for Best Horror

    Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy and Dean. At first, Chris reads the family's overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter's interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined. Written & directed by Jordan Peele. 2017. 1h 44m. R.

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  • Laser Fright | October 31st

    (General - Saturday, October 31, 2020)

    Dome Laser Lights Fright Night20 Rev

    Sit back, relax, look up and rock out! Get your scare on and listen to our special Laser Fright show 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.

    Saturday, October 31st | 1 PM 

    Purchase tickets - click here.

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  • LIVE at the Museum | James Herr

    (General - Saturday, October 31, 2020)

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    LIVE at the Museum | James Herr

    Sat, Oct 31 | 2-3 pm

    International Features Gallery 

    Join local musicians in the "GUITAR" exhibition for live music every Saturday. 

    James Herr

    James Taylor Tribute

    A few years ago I finally had the courage to play my favorite James Taylor Songs at an open mic. From there, I have been grateful for the support of the local music community to present my tribute to James Taylor and other singer-songwriters throughout the area. Playing at the Apollo Theatre, innumerable dinner music venues and outdoor festivals, I want to present the best of singer songwriters from the 60’s to the present. Thank you for supporting live local music!

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  • Halloween Chillers on the Giant Screen | Halloween

    (General - Saturday, October 31, 2020)

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    Halloween

    Sat, Oct 31 | 3 PM & 7 PM

    Purchase tickets online - click here!

    The original! On a cold Halloween night in 1963, six year old Michael Myers brutally murdered his 17-year-old sister, Judith. He was sentenced and locked away for 15 years. But on October 30, 1978, while being transferred for a court date, a 21-year-old Michael Myers (Tony Moran) steals a car and escapes Smith's Grove. He returns to his quiet hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois, where he looks for his next victims. Starring Jamie Lee Curtis and Donald Pleasence. Written & directed by John Carpenter. 1978. 1h 31m. R.

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  • LIVE at the Museum | Brian Neumann

    (General - Saturday, November 7, 2020)

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    LIVE at the Museum | Brian Neumann

    Sat, Nov 7 | 2-3 pm

    International Features Gallery

    Join local musicians in the "GUITAR" exhibition for live music every Saturday.

    Brian Neumann began his musical journey at A very young age. Having a step father that was a musician, Neumann would watch when they rehearsed and knew then that this “Rock & Roll” was something that he HAD to be a part of. Starting out first on drums then shortly after moving to electric bass when a friend told him he was having “bassist problems” . Bass immediately seemed to be a perfect fit. Being a fan of Punk Rock and the diy attitude Neumann started playing in bands around the area before really even knowing how to play yet and not thinking twice about it. Getting attention locally on sheer attitude and an explosive stage presence The “BIG” local bands started taking notice. After only playing Bass 3 years Neumann was becoming a professional musician! Neumann started his Professional career during the height of The Hair Metal years as a bassist in LaSalle Illinois area bands Back Alley and Nikki Foxx then starting the very popular Punch Fatty with two of the areas top musicians. During this time (1985-1999) Neumann began studying music theory,playing multiple instruments and wanting to become a great musician. Not just a Punk Rocker. In the late 90’s it became harder for a Rock band to stay busy so in 2000 Neumann began a solo career that has taken him all over the country including a successful 3 year stint in Las Vegas! 20 years of playing 3-7 nights a week and still having that “EXPLOSIVE “ stage presence had Friends calling him Neumann Superhumann. It stuck! The Neumann Superhumann Show will travel anywhere and the goal is always to entertain and give the audience the best time ever! 

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  • Design-A-Guitar Contest!

    (General - Sunday, November 8, 2020)

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    Design-A-Guitar Contest!

    Be inspired by our newest exhibition, “GUITAR: The Instrument that Rocked the World,” and get ready to let your inner star shine through your own design!

    To enter, register online and drop off your unique guitar at the front desk. Only one entry allowed per person. One or more members of the Peoria Riverfront Museum’s curatorial staff will serve as the contest’s judges. All submissions are due by 5 pm Sunday, November 8, 2020*.

    The contest will have one winner from each age group, a viewer’s choice, and an overall grand prize winner. All the pieces will be displayed at the Peoria Riverfront Museum.

    For more info - click here.

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  • Virtual Art Club via Zoom | Featuring artist Natalia Villanueva Linares

    (General - Tuesday, November 10, 2020)

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    Virtual Art Club via Zoom

    Featuring artist, Natalia Villanueva Linares

    Tue, Nov 10 | 1 pm

    Join us for virtual Art Club! Art Club is a monthly meeting of people who love art. Each month we hear about a different artist or topic. We encourage artists to come talk about their own work, a style they love, or another artist they admire. Enjoy a casual discussion with PowerPoint slides. Participants are encouraged, though not required, to ask questions and discuss pieces of art presented.

    This month, artist Natalia Villanueva Linares will be presenting their own work while you enjoy coffee and treats at your home.

    Join Zoom Meeting | https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87228233701?pwd=RXk4YW1jQldjY3JDQjF2UVIxN0Zzdz09

    Meeting ID: 872 2823 3701
    Passcode: 904875

    Natalia Villanueva Linares

    French + Peruvian international Artist graduated with honors in 2010 from L’Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts de Paris. She specializes in space understanding, installation Art and performance. She currently lives in Illinois and works between South/North America and Europe. Her work has been shown in two major exhibitions at the Palais des Beaux Arts in Paris, in galleries and art fairs in France, Germany, the United States, Italy, Spain, France and recently Ecuador. She had her first solo show in Lima, Peru, this year. In 2017, her installation “Estera” was recognized as the culminating piece of the Alumni Show, at the Prairie Center of the Arts, by Peoria Magazine.

    In 2018, she participated in the evolutive exhibition Devenir in Paris, where she made a monumental piece with materials found in illinois.
    In 2019 she curated for Terrain Biennial the project “The most talkative gestures”, presenting 17 local artists on all the windows of the Hale Memorial Church. Natalia has made multiple performances in our city gathering large groups of people to participate in her performative project (meant to heal distance): “SOULUTIONS, The library of gestures”. She even created simultaneous actions between Peoria and Paris.

    Natalia is a hard working, engaged, moment maker, she dedicated years promoting a local interest in international contemporary Art approaches, she curated a large community of young creative minded people, made connections between Peoria and institutions + Artists around the globe. She is the co-founder of the Arts non-profit organization Yaku Peoria, the Co-Director of the Artist-run mini mansion High Place and also the founder of the nomadic Art magazine Ukayzine, first trilingual magazine made in Peoria! Created to promote international cultural exchanges through the visual Arts.

    IG: https://www.instagram.com/nati.work/
    FB: https://www.facebook.com/Natalia-Villanueva-Linares-420626268012132
    Co-founder: http://www.yakupeoria.org/
    Founder: https://www.ukayzine.org/ 

    If you would like to present at Art Club on your own work, discuss an artist, a style, or an art movement, please email: hplacko@peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

    For more info or upcoming dates - click here.

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  • Virtual Senior Morning Lecture | "GUITAR"

    (General - Wednesday, November 11, 2020)

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    Senior Morning | "GUITAR"

    Wed, Nov 13 | 10:30 am

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    Join us for our bi-monthly free Senior Morning Lecture Series! This special educational program began more than 30 years ago at our predecessor museum, Lakeview Museum of Arts & Sciences. Advanced registration required, limited connections.

    This month our presentation will preview our newest exhibition, GUITAR: The Instrument That Rocked The World!  

    Register in advance:
    https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_tLV_wdvSSoqloZKcOQrWhA

    After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

    The Senior Morning Lecture Series takes place on the second Wednesday of every OTHER month and is free for seniors.

    Peoria Riverfront Museum gratefully acknowledges our Senior Morning Lecture Series & Senior Free Days sponsor, Kim Blickenstaff.

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  • LIVE at the Museum | Roy Ponce

    (General - Saturday, November 14, 2020)

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    LIVE at the Museum | Roy Ponce

    Sat, Nov 14 | 2-3 pm

    International Features Gallery

    Join local musicians in the "GUITAR" exhibition for live music every Saturday.

    Peoria-based guitarist Roy Ponce, 37, has been playing guitar for 23 years. He's self-taught, starting at age 13 by listening to songs on the radio. By 17, he played the Peoria Blues Festival. In 2003 he started the band Brainchild with fellow guitarist Jake Schultz. They have played The Summer Camp Music Festival for 15 years, plus many others around the U.S. They have two albums, One Word and Cosmic Celebration. While touring, he's sat in with Victor Wooten, Umphrey's Mcgee and many others. While growing up his mom was the secretary of the Peoria Blues Society and in high school he played in a band his Uncle Roy sang in. He's been teaching guitar and bass for over 10 years at Flores Music and in 2010 got a sponsorship with Marshwood Guitars in Golden, Colorado which included a custom-made guitar. Over the years he's accumulated ten guitars and loves to play blues, funk, and jazz. Some of his favorite guitarists include George Benson and Jimi Hendrix. Other instruments he likes to play are bass, drums, and keyboards.

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  • Rock-It Science!

    (General - Thursday, November 19, 2020)

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    Rock-It Science! |  Featuring HP Newquist

    Thu, Nov 19 | 7 pm

    Virtual Program, Zoom Connection

    Learn the science behind Rock ‘n Roll in this family friendly virtual program all about guitars! Ever wondered how a guitar works? What's the difference between an acoustic and electric guitar? Find our all of this and much more in this awesome virtual experience! 

    Advanced registration required, limited connections available. 

    Advanced registration required. After registration you’ll receive an email with the Zoom link for your date’s connection.

    Zoom Connection | one connection per household please, limited connections available!

    $7 Member Connection | $12 Public Connection

    Register online now – click here!

    HP Newquist

    An award-winning author, documentary director, broadcast producer, and the former Editor-in-Chief of GUITAR Magazine, HP Newquist oversees the development of The National GUITAR Museum and also serves as its chief curator. His unique background and experience have led to the creation of an innovative museum and a successful exhibition that is engaging, entertaining, and educational. During the course of his career, Newquist has worked with hundreds of guitarists, written more than twenty books that have been translated into dozens of languages, and worked on making advanced technology an everyday reality. His newest book, BEHEMOTH, is available now.

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