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  • Senior Morning: Ripley's Believe it or Not!

    (General - Wednesday, July 23, 2014)

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    Senior Morning: Ripley's Believe it or Not!®

    Wed, Jul 23
    10 am - coffee & snacks
    10:30 am - program begins

    FREE admission for Seniors!

    Do you remember the Ripley’s Believe It or Not! radio program or television show? Relive the memories and learn about Robert Ripley and his company. After the talk, explore The Science Behind Ripley’s Believe It or Not! exhibition!

    Coffee and snacks provided.

    Call 309-686-7000 for more information.

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  • Summer Sizzlers: Back to the Future

    (Theater - From Friday, July 25, 2014 until Saturday, July 26, 2014)

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    Join us at 7 pm every Friday and Saturday through mid July & August for a fantastic favorite summer movie on the Giant Screen!

    Back to the Future (PG)

    Fri & Sat, July 25 & 26 at 7 pm

    $7 adults | $5 children | $6 seniors

    Synapsis: A teenager is accidentally sent 30 years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his friend, Dr. Emmett Brown, and must make sure his high-school-age parents unite in order to save his own existence. Starring Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd. Rated PG.

    Summer Sizzlers Series

    Jul 18 & 19 - The Big Lebowski (R)

    Jul 25 & 26 - Back to the Future (PG)

    Aug 1 & 2 - Batman (1989) (PG-13)

    Aug 8 & 9 - National Lampoon's Vacation (R)

    Aug 15 & 16 - Gandhi (PG)

    Aug 22 & 23 - Monty Python and the Holy Grail (PG)

    Aug 29 & 30 - Casablanca (PG)

    Click here to buy tickets.

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  • LEGO Robotics Advanced Workshop

    (General - Saturday, July 26, 2014)

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    LEGO® Robotics Advanced Workshop

    Sat, Jul 26 | 1-4 pm

    Members of the FIRST Robotics Team 1736 will host this second fun-filled workshop that will introduce participants to building and programming robots using LEGO Mindstorms NXT Robotics Kits.This unique and interactive experience allows students to learn about robots, programming, and computer skills. 

    In this advanced workshop, participants will experiment with special features such as ultrasonic light and touch sensors. All materials are provided; students may sign up for one or both workshops. Spots are limited, so be sure to register early! Ages 8-12 are accepted.

    $20 members | $25 public 

    Call 309-863-3034 to register.

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  • Summer Classes for Teens & Adults

    (General - From Tuesday, July 29, 2014 until Tuesday, August 19, 2014)

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    Pursue your talent this summer!

    Tuesdays, Jul 29 - Aug 19

    Learn from talented local artist, Nana Ekow, in a special four-week class! Classes are capped at ten students to allow for individual instruction, so be sure to claim your spot!

    for teens: Drawing with Nana Ekow
    1-3pm | $48 Members | $52 Public

    for adults: Painting & Drawing with Nana Ekow
    7-9 pm | $64 Members | $70 Public

    Call 309.863.3034 to register

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  • Pedal Peoria: Eric's West Peoria Ride

    (General - Wednesday, July 30, 2014)

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    Explore Peoria’s art, science, nature & history by bicycle!
    May through August | Wednesdays at 6 pm

    Pedal Peoria: Eric's West Peoria Ride 

    Wed, July 30 | 6 pm
    Peoria Riverfront Museum | Water St. entrance

    Ride highlights : see West Peoria, Pettengill-Morron House, Moss Avenue homes, Glen Oak Park.

    • Rides start at 6 pm & last approx 2 hrs
    • All are welcome!
    • All rides are designed for the casual rider - 10-14 miles (1 or 2 steep hills)
    • No fee or registration
    • Sponsored by Peoria Riverfront Museum & the Illinois Valley Wheelm'n. 

    Click here for details.

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  • Don’t Believe Your Eyes! Workshop

    (General - Wednesday, July 30, 2014)

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    Don't Believe Your Eyes! Workshop

    Wed, Jul 30 | 1-2 pm

    Strange colors, shifting shapes, tricky patterns – you can’t always believe everything you see! Come learn about optical illusions and try your hand at creating your own deceptive brain-teasers that will be sure to amaze your friends and family! Ages 7 and up are welcome!

    $8 members | $10 public 

    Call 309-863-3034 to register.

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  • Weird World Workshop!

    (General - Thursday, July 31, 2014)

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    Weird World Workshop!

    Thu, Jul 31 | 1-2 pm

    From crystals to critters we’re bound and determined to explore the things of this world that make you stop and say, “huh?” We’ll learn more about the weird things in The Science Behind Ripley’s Believe It or Not!® exhibit, and explore some of the museum’s own collection of oddities. As a bonus, we’ll send you home with your very own crystal in a cup! Ages 7 and up are welcome!

    $8 members | $10 public

    Call 309-863-3034 to register.

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  • Illinois Road Show Stops in Peoria!

    (General - Thursday, July 31, 2014)

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    Illinois Road Show 2014

    Thu, July 31 | 10 am
    Peoria Riverfront Museum
    Lobby & Giant Screen Theater

    Free Event! Open to the Public!

    Rediscover Illinois from the inside out. Join us for this exciting and informative multimedia presentation on the in-state successes of Illinois tourism 2013.

    The Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Office of Tourism will embark on a five-day Road Show around Illinois to share the economic impact of domestic travelers. At the event in 2014, tourism officials will provide an update on 2013 visitor numbers, job creation, revenue growth and tourism initiatives.

    Tourism officials will travel the state July 28 - August 1 to reveal local visitor numbers and visit many of the state’s destinations along the way. Fans can follow along at Facebook.com/EnjoyIllinois and on Twitter with the hashtag #EnjoyIllinois.

    View press release here.

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  • Summer Sizzlers: Batman (89)

    (Theater - From Friday, August 1, 2014 until Saturday, August 2, 2014)

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    Join us at 7 pm every Friday and Saturday through mid July & August for a fantastic favorite summer movie on the Giant Screen!

    Batman (1989) (PG-13)

    Fri & Sat, Aug 1 & 2 at 7 pm

    $7 adults | $5 children | $6 seniors

    Synapsis: The Dark Knight of Gotham City begins his war on crime with his first major enemy being the clownishly homicidal Joker. Starring Michael Keaton, Jack Nicholson. Rated PG-13.

    Summer Sizzlers Series

    Jul 18 & 19 - The Big Lebowski (R)

    Jul 25 & 26 - Back to the Future (PG)

    Aug 1 & 2 - Batman (1989) (PG-13)

    Aug 8 & 9 - National Lampoon's Vacation (R)

    Aug 15 & 16 - Gandhi (PG)

    Aug 22 & 23 - Monty Python and the Holy Grail (PG)

    Aug 29 & 30 - Casablanca (PG)

    Click here to buy tickets.

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  • Pedal Peoria: Garden Ride

    (General - Wednesday, August 6, 2014)

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    Explore Peoria’s art, science, nature & history by bicycle!
    May through August | Wednesdays at 6 pm

    Pedal Peoria: Garden Ride 

    Wed, Aug 6 | 6 pm
    Ride starts at Luthy Botanical Gardens, Glen Oak Park

    Ride highlights: explore Luthy Botanical Gardens and select city gardens.

    • Rides start at 6 pm & last approx 2 hrs
    • All are welcome!
    • All rides are designed for the casual rider - 10-14 miles (1 or 2 steep hills)
    • No fee or registration
    • Sponsored by Peoria Riverfront Museum & the Illinois Valley Wheelm'n

    Click here for details.

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  • Bubble Blast!

    (General - Friday, August 8, 2014)

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    The Art & Science of Blowing Bubbles

    Fri, Aug 8, 11-12 pm
    Sun Plaza

    Bubbles are everywhere; in fact, they're around all the time. But what are they exactly? Pop on by for a unique family oriented demonstration all about the art and science of blowing bubbles! Although geared towards our preschool guests, "kids" of all ages will be dazzled by the awesome potential of a single bubble. All shows will take place on the Sun Plaza, weather permitting; preregistration is not necessary.

    Families welcome! Adults must stay with children.
    $2 donation per participating child welcomed.

    Call 309-863-3034 for more information.

  • Ripley's Bizarre Buying Bazaar

    (General - From Friday, August 8, 2014 until Saturday, August 9, 2014)

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    Ripley's Bizarre Buying Bazaar

    Fri & Sat, Aug 8 & 9, 10 am - 6 pm

    FREE event | Open to the public!
    Plus - Free admission to Museum & RIpley's when you bring in an item for an odd-prasial!

    Believe it or not, Ripley's wants to buy your weird stuff! Search your closets, attics, basements, and garages for oddities large or small, including collections!

    Edward Meyer, longtime Ripley’s curator, will bring his Bizarre Buying Bazaar to the Museum, Aug 8 & 9 to conduct oddness-appraisals and possibly purchase your items for the Ripley’s permanent collection. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to show-off your own oddities of any shape or size to Ripley’s Believe it or Not!

    Call 309-863-3028 for more information.

    Check out Ripley's WTF (Weird True Facts) collections blog.

    Read Ripley's Bizarre press release!

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  • Summer Sizzlers: National Lampoon's Vacation

    (Theater - From Friday, August 8, 2014 until Saturday, August 9, 2014)

    Join us at 7 pm every Friday and Saturday through mid July & August for a fantastic favorite summer movie on the Giant Screen!

    National Lampoon's Vacation (R)

    Fri & Sat, Aug 8 & 9 at 7 pm

    $7 adults | $5 children | $6 seniors

    Synapsis: The Griswold family's cross-country drive to the Walley World theme park proves to be much more arduous than they ever anticipated. Starring Chevy Chase. Rated R.

    Summer Sizzlers Series

    Jul 18 & 19 - The Big Lebowski (R)

    Jul 25 & 26 - Back to the Future (PG)

    Aug 1 & 2 - Batman (1989) (PG-13)

    Aug 8 & 9 - National Lampoon's Vacation (R)

    Aug 15 & 16 - Gandhi (PG)

    Aug 22 & 23 - Monty Python and the Holy Grail (PG)

    Aug 29 & 30 - Casablanca (PG)

    Click here to buy tickets.

  • Ripley's Ed Meyer Lecture

    (Theater - Sunday, August 10, 2014)

    Lecture by Ripley’s Curator, Edward Meyer

    Sun, Aug 10, 2pm

    Giant Screen Theater

    $7 members | $10 public | $5 children (children under 6 free)

    Believe it or not, you can meet the man behind Ripley's collections in person! 

    Discover the secrets behind the oddities from Edward Meyer, VP and longtime curator of Ripley’s collections, as he lectures on Ripley's Believe it or Not!

    Call 309-686-7000 for reservations.

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  • Pedal Peoria: Springdale Cemetery Ride

    (General - Wednesday, August 13, 2014)

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    Explore Peoria’s art, science, nature & history by bicycle!
    May through August | Wednesdays at 6 pm

    Pedal Peoria: Springdale Cemetery Ride 

    Wed, Aug 13 | 6 pm
    Peoria Riverfront Museum | Water St. entrance

    Ride highlights : explore this huge, historic cemetery and the gems of Peoria's past hidden within as we ride ALL of the loops.

    • Rides start at 6 pm & last approx 2 hrs
    • All are welcome!
    • All rides are designed for the casual rider - 10-14 miles (1 or 2 steep hills)
    • No fee or registration
    • Sponsored by Peoria Riverfront Museum & the Illinois Valley Wheelm'n

    Click here for details.

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  • Laser Light Nights: Laser Vinyl & Zeppelin

    (Planetarium - Friday, August 15, 2014)

    Laser Light Nights: Laser Vinyl & Zeppelin

    Fri, Aug 15
    Dome Planetarium

    6:30 pm - Laser Vinyl (Classic Rock)
    7:30 pm - Laser Zeppelin

    Sit back, relax, look up and rock out! Enjoy your favorite rock music 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!

    Laser shows included with regular admission.

  • Summer Sizzlers: Gandhi

    (Theater - From Friday, August 15, 2014 until Saturday, August 16, 2014)

    Join us at 7 pm every Friday and Saturday through mid July & August for a fantastic favorite summer movie on the Giant Screen!

    Gandhi (PG)

    Fri & Sat, Aug 15 & 16 at 7 pm

    $7 adults | $5 children | $6 seniors

    Synapsis: Biography of Mohandas K. Gandhi, the lawyer who became the famed leader of the Indian revolts against the British rule through his philosophy of nonviolent protest. Starring Ben Kingsley. Rated PG.

    Summer Sizzlers Series

    Jul 18 & 19 - The Big Lebowski (R)

    Jul 25 & 26 - Back to the Future (PG)

    Aug 1 & 2 - Batman (1989) (PG-13)

    Aug 8 & 9 - National Lampoon's Vacation (R)

    Aug 15 & 16 - Gandhi (PG)

    Aug 22 & 23 - Monty Python and the Holy Grail (PG)

    Aug 29 & 30 - Casablanca (PG)

    Click here to buy tickets.

  • Summer Sizzlers: Monty Python and the Holy Grail

    (Theater - From Friday, August 22, 2014 until Saturday, August 23, 2014)

    Join us at 7 pm every Friday and Saturday through mid July & August for a fantastic favorite summer movie on the Giant Screen!

    Monty Python and the Holy Grail (PG)

    Fri & Sat, Aug. 22 & 23 at 7 pm

    $7 adults | $5 children | $6 seniors

    Synapsis: King Arthur and his knights embark on a low-budget search for the Grail, encountering many very silly obstacles. Starring: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle. Rated PG.

    Summer Sizzlers Series

    Jul 18 & 19 - The Big Lebowski (R)

    Jul 25 & 26 - Back to the Future (PG)

    Aug 1 & 2 - Batman (1989) (PG-13)

    Aug 8 & 9 - National Lampoon's Vacation (R)

    Aug 15 & 16 - Gandhi (PG)

    Aug 22 & 23 - Monty Python and the Holy Grail (PG)

    Aug 29 & 30 - Casablanca (PG)

    Click here to buy tickets.

  • Museum School Summer Exhibition

    (General - Saturday, August 23, 2014)

    Museum School Summer Exhibition

    Sat, Aug 23 | 11-1 pm

    FREE!* Open to public!

    Come enjoy hands-on demonstrations from talented museum school instructors, admire the work of the Summer Session’s students, and learn about upcoming classes and workshops!

    Call 309-686-7000 for more information.

    *Does not include admission to galleries, planetarium, or theater.

  • Summer Sizzlers: Casablanca

    (Theater - From Friday, August 29, 2014 until Saturday, August 30, 2014)

    Join us at 7 pm every Friday and Saturday through mid July & August for a fantastic favorite summer movie on the Giant Screen!

    Casablanca (PG)

    Fri & Sat, Aug 29 & 30 at 7 pm

    $7 adults | $5 children | $6 seniors

    Synapsis: Set in unoccupied Africa during the early days of World War II: An American expatriate meets a former lover, with unforeseen complications. Starring: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman. Rated PG.

    Summer Sizzlers Series

    Jul 18 & 19 - The Big Lebowski (R)

    Jul 25 & 26 - Back to the Future (PG)

    Aug 1 & 2 - Batman (1989) (PG-13)

    Aug 8 & 9 - National Lampoon's Vacation (R)

    Aug 15 & 16 - Gandhi (PG)

    Aug 22 & 23 - Monty Python and the Holy Grail (PG)

    Aug 29 & 30 - Casablanca (PG)

    Click here to buy tickets.