• Black Friday Sidewalk Sale & Saturday Local Artist Trunk Show

    (General - From Friday, November 28, 2014 until Saturday, November 29, 2014)

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    Black Friday Sidewalk Sale

    Fri, Nov 28 | 8-10 am | Auditorium

    Swing by the Museum auditorium on Black Friday and find some great gifts as select merchandise from the Store will be available at up to 75% off! Plus Museum Members will receive 30% off all purchases in celebration of Member Appreciation Day!

    Local Artist Trunk Show

    Sat, Nov 29 | 11 am-4 pm | Lobby

    Be sure to come back the following day as well as we showcase the work of several local artists at our 2nd annual Local Artist Trunk Show! Members will receive a 10% discount on all items.

    Artists in attendance:

    • Jeremie Draper - Blown Glass
    • Linda Webb - Polymer Clay Jewelry
    • Amy Firgiuele - Glass Jewelry
    • Dana Powers - Beaded Jewelry
    • Leslie Schenkel - Lampwork Jewelry
    • Trish Williams - Fiber Art
    • Jan Ebling - Mixed Metals/Stone Jewelry
    • Tracy Cade - Stone Earrings
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  • Member Appreciation Day!

    (General - Friday, November 28, 2014)

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    Member Appreciation Day!  |  Fri, Nov 28  |  10 am-5 pm

    $10 OFF Memberships - New, Renewal or Gift Memberships - ONE DAY ONLY!

    Our Peoria Riverfront Museum team - staff, volunteers and board members - want to say Thank You for your support as a member of the Museum family. Please join us on Friday, November 28 for Member Appreciation Day and take advantage of these members only perks!

    • Kids’ activities throughout the day
    • 30% off Museum Store sidewalk sale 8-10am
    • 20% off Museum Store all day
    • Free educational GST movie admission all day 
    • with favorites like Sea Monsters & The Last Reef
    • Laser Holidays show in the Dome Planetarium
    • Door prize drawing
    • Refreshments

    Plus our Holiday Gift to you!

    Please stop by and pick up your free Member “Thank You” gift by returning this card to the Museum Store to redeem one of the following:

    • PRM Tumbler used for 50-cent concessions refills, and a coupon for free popcorn
    • Member-exclusive Tote Bag
    • River Otter Plush
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  • Yule Like Peoria - Free Evening at the Museum!

    (General - Friday, November 28, 2014)

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    Yule Like Peoria - Spend a Free Evening at the Museum!

    Nov 28, 6-9 pm

    Peoria Riverfront Museum is participating in Yule Like Peoria! From 6-9 pm come on down and take part in many activities including:

    • Free access to all galleries
    • Free Dome Planetarium shows - 7 pm Stars Over Peoria, 7:40 pm Laser Holidays
    • Live music by the Bottom Line Tuba Quartet
    • Free refreshments

    Plus, get $10 off Museum memberships - new, renewal & gift memberships - all day!

    Then, see Interstellar at 8:30 pm in the Giant Screen Theater - $10 adults, $8 children (13-17), $9 seniors. Click here to purchase tickets!

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  • Holiday Mini Sessions - Try a Class!

    (General - From Monday, December 1, 2014 until Saturday, December 13, 2014)

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    Holiday Mini-Session Classes -Try One!

    Mon Dec 1 through Sat Dec 13

    If you've always wanted to try out a new class, now is your chance! Whether you can attend only one class or all four, we'd love to have you join us for this special Holiday Mini-Session of Museum Classes, with offerings for all ages.

    Class participants park FREE in our garage!

    For class info, click here.

    Registration for Holiday Mini-Session Classes is now open!
    Call 309-863-3034 to register.

  • Peoria Astronomical Society

    (Planetarium - Wednesday, December 3, 2014)

    Peoria Astronomical Society

    Wed, Dec 5, 7:30-9 pm  |  Free! Public welcome!

    Dome Planetarium

    Come see what's happening in our night sky. Monthly meeting topics vary.

    Enter through the Museum parking garage doors. Parking is free!

    All Peoria Astronomical Society meetings are free and open to the public. Click here to visit the PAS website.

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  • Relax Under the Stars - FREE NOON EVENT

    (Planetarium - Wednesday, December 3, 2014)

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    Relax Under the Stars 

    Free lunchtime event -  come and go as you please!

    First Wednesday of every month: Dec 3, Jan 7, Feb 4, Mar 4  |  12-1 pm

    Stressed at work? Do you need a break from your hectic day? Come to the Dome Planetarium to relax under the starry sky. Enjoy a short star talk, and then let your tension float away with the slowly turning stars and calming music. First Wednesday of the Month, Noon-1 PM. 

    Please use the side entrance by the Dome Planetarium, near Fulton Street and the Caterpillar Visitors Center.

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  • Holiday Movie - National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

    (Theater - From Thursday, December 4, 2014 until Friday, December 5, 2014)

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    National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

    Thu, Dec 4, 6 pm & Fri, Dec 5, 8 pm

    Giant Screen Theater

    It's Christmas time and the Griswolds are preparing for a family seasonal celebration, but things never run smoothly for Clark, his wife Ellen and their two kids. Clark's continual bad luck is worsened by his obnoxious family guests, but he manages to keep going knowing that his Christmas bonus is due soon.

    Click here to purchase tickets!

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  • Holiday Movie - A Christmas Story

    (Theater - From Thursday, December 4, 2014 until Friday, December 5, 2014)

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    A Christmas Story

    Thurs, Dec 4th, 8 pm & Fri, Dec 5th, 6 pm

    Giant Screen Theater

    Ralphie, a young boy growing up, dreams of owning a Red Rider BB gun. He sets out to convince the world this is the perfect gift. But along the way, he runs into opposition from his parents, his teacher, and even good ol' Santa Claus himself.

    Click here to purchase tickets!

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  • Cool Chemistry Demonstrations

    (General - Saturday, December 6, 2014)

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    Cool Chemistry Demonstrations

    Sat, Dec 6  |  1-2 pm

    Stand back, watch out, and enjoy chemistry in action! Bradley University Chemistry Club students provide activities and perform chemistry demonstrations in the museum lobby. Safe and fun for the whole family!

    Free to members and with regular paid admission.

    Call 309-686-7000 for more information.

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  • WTVP's Downton Abbey Season 5 FREE Preview

    (Theater - Saturday, December 6, 2014)

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    WTVP's Downton Abbey Season 5 - FREE Preview

    Sat, Dec 6  |  6 pm

    Giant Screen Theater

    Come on down to the Giant Screen Theater on Saturday, December 6 for a FREE one-hour preview of Downton Abbey season 5, almost a month before it premieres on nationwide TV! Enjoy some wine and good friends and get a leg up on the new season of this acclaimed program!

    Reserve your tickets here!

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  • Winter Tales - Live at the Theater

    (Theater - Saturday, December 6, 2014)

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    Winter Tales - Live at the Theater
    Dec 6  |  11 am & 2 pm

    Come visit Peoria Riverfront Museum and listen to storyteller Tracey Brownell as she tells some fantastic winter stories!

    Approximately 45 min show  |  Ages 3-12

    $5 Admission  |  Children Under 3 Free

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  • Holiday Luncheon 2014

    (General - Monday, December 8, 2014)

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    Monday, December 8 | 11 am -1 pm

    Mark your calendars for this wonderful event which supports Museum programming for the whole community! Enjoy a fabulous lunch, raffle prizes, silent auction, shopping in the Museum Store and an amazing gallery visit of Impresssionism into Modernism: A Paradigm Shift in American Art.

    Ticket $45
    Table of 8 $325
    Sponsor table of 8 $500

    Contact Jean Pfeiffer for reservations at 309-863-3036Call: 309-863-3036 or

    Raffle Prizes:

    Tacori City Lights Collection Necklace and Earrings from Bremer Jewelry ($930 value)

    $1000 Gift Certificate to Hearth and Patio

    Peoria Riverfront Museum 4th of July Backyard BBQ VIP Package for 20 Guests ($1000 value)

    Raffle Tickets: 1:$10, 5: $45, 10: $80

    Purchase Raffle Tickets Here

    Wine & champagne
    Lunch by Barrack’s Cater Inn

    Thank you to our Holiday Luncheon sponsor, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

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  • The Vatican Museums 3D - 4 Days Only!

    (Theater - From Thursday, December 11, 2014 until Sunday, December 14, 2014)

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    The Vatican Museums 3D - 4 days only!

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    Dec 11, 5 pm
    Dec 12, 3 pm & 6 pm
    Dec 13, 1 pm
    Dec 14, 3 pm & 6 pm

    $5 members, $7 adults, $6 seniors (age 60+), $5 children (ages 3-17)

    Click here for tickets.

    For the very first time Ultra HD 4K/3D film cameras have been allowed inside the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, bringing never before seen art to theaters across the US just in time for the holiday season.

    From the outstanding artistry of classic statues to the Cast of Michelangelo’s Pietà, right up to Fontana’s modern sculptures; from paintings by Giotto, Leonardo da Vinci, Van Gogh, Chagall and Dalì; from the extraordinary frescos in the Rooms of Raphael to the spectacular work by Michelangelo in the Sistine Chapel, theater audiences will experience the journey under the artful guidance of the Director of the Vatican Museums, Professor Antonio Paolucci, who expertly leads us through the past, present and future.

    The program includes 22 minutes of insightful "behind the scenes" extra features, exclusive to theatrical audiences, as The Vatican Museums' Director, Professor Paolucci, the film's director Marco Pianigiani, and the director of photography recall both the challenges and the triumphs involved in the making of this masterpiece.

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  • The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show - One Day Only!

    (Theater - Saturday, December 13, 2014)

    “The Great Confusion: The 1913 Armory Show”

    One Day Only - Sat. Dec 13  |  5 pm

    Introduction by filmmaker Michael Maglaras,  217 Films

    In 1913, the International Exhibition of Modern Art, which became known simply as the “Armory Show,” changed the face of art in America. At this groundbreaking show, many Americans had their first taste of a new, revolutionary kind of art. By entering the doors of an armory located between 25th and 26th Streets in New York City, they entered the modern era.

    $5 members, $7 adults, $6 seniors (age 60+), $5 children (ages 3-17)

    Click here to buy tickets.

    For more on the film, click here.