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  • Stuff! Docent Led Gallery Walk, May 23

    (Exhibit - Saturday, May 23, 2015)

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    Stuff! Docent Led Gallery Walk

    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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  • D-Day: Normandy 1944 3D Opens with Re-enactment

    (Theater - Saturday, May 23, 2015)

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    D-Day: Normandy 1944 3D

    Opens May 23! Opening day shows: 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm, 3 pm, 4 pm

    Opening day features the Central Illinois World War II Reenactors with period vehicles and artifacts!

    Special ticket pricing for veterans & active duty & families!

    Tickets: $5 veterans & active duty forces and their families   | $5 members | $7 adult | $6 seniors (age 60+) | $5 children (ages 3-17)

    Purchase tickets: click here! View trailer here.

    MADE FOR AGES 8 TO 88+

    June 6, 1944: The largest Allied operation of World War II began in Normandy, France. Yet, few know in detail exactly why and how, from the end of 1943 through August 1944, this region became the most important location in the world.

    Blending multiple cinematographic techniques, including animation, CGI and stunning live-action images, “D-Day: Normandy 1944” brings this monumental event to the world’s largest screens for the first time ever

    • Audiences of all ages, including new generations, will discover from a new perspective how this landing changed the world
    • Exploring history, military strategy, science, technology and human values, the film will educate and appeal to all
    • Original music score performed by the London Symphony Orchestra
    • Narrated by Tom Brokaw, “D-Day: Normandy 1944” pays tribute to those who gave their lives for our freedom …

    For more info on the movie, click here.

    Thank you to film sponsor: CIAN   |  OASYS  |  A5.com

    Peoria Riverfront Museum is proud to be a Blue Star Museum. May 25 through September 1, we offer FREE admission for active US service members and their families to all Museum exhibits - including Dinosaurs in Motion - plus IHSA Peak Performance gallery, Discovery Worlds, Illinois River Encounter, The Street, and regular Dome Planetarium shows. We also offer a discount on Giant Screen Theater tickets. Click here for more info.

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  • "Witness to the Vision" Docent Led Gallery Walk, May 23

    (Exhibit - Saturday, May 23, 2015)

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    "Witness to the Vision" Docent Led Gallery Walk

    Stop in and enjoy a docent led tour of the Witness to the Vision exhibition. Tour starts at 3:30 pm. and lasts about 45 minutes. Free with paid museum admission.

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  • Stuff! Docent Led Gallery Walk, May 24

    (Exhibit - Sunday, May 24, 2015)

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    Stuff! Docent Led Gallery Walk

    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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  • "Witness to the Vision" Docent Led Gallery Walk, May 24

    (Exhibit - Sunday, May 24, 2015)

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    "Witness to the Vision" Docent Led Gallery Walk

    Stop in and enjoy a docent led tour of the Witness to the Vision exhibition. Tour starts at 3:30 pm. and lasts about 45 minutes. Free with paid museum admission.

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  • Metamora Courthouse Civil War Dancers

    (General - Sunday, May 24, 2015)

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    Metamora Courthouse Civil War Dancers

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    Sun, May 24  |  11 am & 1 pm

    Step back in time with the Metamora Courthouse Civil War Dancers! Dancers in period costume will perform historic dances to authentic music. 

    More info via Chillicothe Times-Bulletin: click here.

    Free event in the museum lobby. Regular admission applies to gallery visits.  Call 309-686-7000 for more information.

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  • IVW Pedal Peoria

    (General - Wednesday, May 27, 2015)

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    Explore Peoria’s Art, Science, Nature & History by Bicycle

    Pedal Peoria 2015 - Our 16th Year

    May through July | Wednesdays at 6 pm

    • Rides start at 6 pm & last approx 2 hrs
    • All are welcome!
    • All rides are designed for the casual rider - 10-15 miles (1 or 2 steep hills)
    • No fee or registration

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    RIDES

    May 27, 6 pm - Grandview Ride | Start at the corner of Lake & Knoxville

    Highlights: Views from Grandview Drive & Prospect Rd, High Point Dr, Lindbergh's airmail flight plaque.

    June 3, 6 pm - History Ride | Start at Riverfront Museum (Water St. entrance)

    Highlights: Riverfront, Springdale Cemetery, Randolph-Roanoke-High Street homes, Giant Oak Park,
    Moss Ave Homes, Frank Lloyd Wright, Frank Lloyd 'Wrong' homes.

    June 10, 6 pm - Sculpture Ride | Start at Riverfront Museum (Water St. entrance)

    Highlights: public sculptures around Peoria, including Sonar Tide, Peace & Harvest, Mother Theresa, Ingersoll, various Riverfront Park sculptures & various Bradley University public sculptures.

    July 1, 6 pm - Prairie to Prairie Ride | Start at Riverfront Museum (Water St. entrance)

    Highlights: two prairie restorations inside the city, plus selected historic sights.

    July 8, 6 pm - 50’s Soft Serve Ride | Start at the corner of Lake & Knoxville

    Highlights: 3 classic soft serve Ice Cream stands, ending at Lou’s Drive In.

    July 15, 6 pm | Springdale Cemetery Ride | Start at Riverfront Museum (Water St. entrance)

    Highlights: discover how large the cemetery really is and how much of Peoria’s history is hidden within as we ride ALL of the loops of the cemetery.

    July 22, 6 pm - Solar System Ride | Start at the Donovan Park parking lot (frmr golf course)

    Highlights: starting at Jupiter, follow the Rock Island Greenway past the terrestrial planets to the Sun at Riverfront Museum and back. We will be returning just after sunset to observe the 1st Quarter Moon and Saturn through Northmoor Observatory’s historic 100-year-old telescope.

    For more information contact ride leader Sheldon Schafer at 682-1876 or sschafer7@gmail.com.

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  • Art-spiration: Paper Weaving!

    (General - Saturday, May 30, 2015)

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    Art-spiration Workshop: Paper Weaving!

    May 30  |  2 PM

    Lobby

    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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  • Super Saturday: Butterflies!

    (General - Saturday, June 13, 2015)

    Super Saturday: Butterflies!

    Sat, Jun 13  |  1-2 pm

    Our state butterfly, the Monarch, is quickly disappearing from our world. Come down to the Riverfront Museum to learn all about the butterfly life-cycle, observe live monarchs (they might be caterpillars, in their chrysalis, or grown butterflies), and discover what you can do to help the Monarch’s population start to grow again!

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

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

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

    This year's participating teams are:

    FRC 1736 - Robot Casserole- Peoria, IL
    FRC 2040 - DERT- Dunlap, IL
    FRC 2081 - Icarus- Peoria Notre Dame High School: Peoria, IL
    FRC 2481 - Roboteers- Tremont, IL
    FRC 4143 - Mars/Wars- Metamora, IL
    FRC 4212 - Techno Ferrets- Galesburg, IL
    FRC 5442 - Mechanical Monarchy- Washington, IL
    FTC 5202 - Zip TIE Fighters-Decatur, IL
    FTC 6933 - Construction Zone Robotics- Fairbury, IL
    FTC 7317 - Quest Gators- Peoria, IL
    FTC 8648 - Manual Academy RoboRams, Peoria, IL
    FLL 2136 - HIPPIES- Peoria, IL
                                                                                                       

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  • 4th of July Backyard BBQ 2015

    (General - Saturday, July 4, 2015)

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    4th of July Backyard BBQ 2015

    Sat, July 4 | 6-10:30 pm

    ALL YOU CAN EAT!  THE BEST SEAT IN TOWN!

    • Cracked Pepper all-you-can-eat buffet
    • Cash bar, Emack & Bolio’s ice cream & snacks
    • WMBD radio live remote broadcast with Greg Batton!
    • “Summer of Dinosaurs” family activities
    • Dome Planetarium shows & wacky science experiments
    • Indoor plumbing, climate controlled

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    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.

    We sold out last year - get your tickets today!

    309.686.7000 | events@peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

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    Thank you to our July 4th Backyard BBQ sponsors!

    Advanced Medical Transport (AMT)

    Vonachen Services Inc. (VSI)

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  • Laser Light Night - Laser 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 22

    6:00 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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