Events

  • Genome: Unlocking Life's Code Exhibition Opens

    (Exhibit - Saturday, April 1, 2017)

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    Genome: Unlocking Life's Code Exhibition

    April 1 - May 29, 2017

    International Feature Gallery

    Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code is an immersive, high-tech exhibit that captures the revolutionary nature of genomic science. The foundation of all life: unravel the mystery behind the complete set of instructions needed for every living thing on Earth. Discover what the genome is, its scale, structure and how it plays a role in modern life.

    For more information on the exhibition, click here.

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  • Microsculpture: The Insect Portraits of Levon Biss Exhibition Opens

    (Exhibit - Saturday, April 1, 2017)

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    Microsculpture: The Insect Portraits of Levon Biss

    April 1 – May 29, 2017

    Permanent Collection Gallery

    Experience insects up-close, like you’ve never seen them before! Visitors can peruse sixteen cases of specimens from the museum’s collection of more than 8,000 insects and arachnids. On display with our insects will be ten huge photographs of insects related to the preserved specimens on view. Levon Biss’s large format photographs will allow guests to see insects in amazing detail!

    To learn more about Levon Biss's photography project, click here

    To learn more about the exhibition, click here.

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  • Super Saturday: Minerals!

    (General - Saturday, April 1, 2017)

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    Super Saturday: Minerals!

    Sat, Apr 1 | 1:30-2:30 PM

    Lobby

    Join knowledgeable museum staff and volunteers exploring the science of minerals! Free to members and with regular paid admission.

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  • Educator Open House + Teacher Tuesday: Make, Play, Connect

    (General - Tuesday, April 4, 2017)

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    Educator Open House + Teacher Tuesday: Make, Play, Connect

    Tues, Apr 4 | 4:30-7 pm

    Auditorium, Lobby, Galleries 

    Please join us for a fun night of connecting with other educators while participating in a STEAM Educational Resource Fair. Engage in lively discussions and demonstrations, learn about new and innovative programs taking place in the Peoria area and walk away with materials and ideas that can be implemented in any learning environment. 

    Schedule:
    4:30-5 pm: Explore Galleries + Genome: Unlocking Life's Codes
    5-6:30 pm: Teacher Tuesday- STEAM Resource Fair - Auditorium
    6:30-7 pm: Explore Galleries + Genome: Unlocking Life's Codes

    River City Labs, Caterpillar STEM Outreach, Greater Peoria Economic Development Council, University of Illinois Extension, Champaign-Urbana Fab Lab and Peoria Riverfront Museum are hosting a STEAM Resource Fair, introducing educators to organizations and resources available to support STEM Learning.

    Light refreshments will be served.

    Free for educators only with school ID or affiliation. Advanced registration required. 

    Register Online - click here

    To look at our educator guides - click here.

    Free Covered Parking off Water St. For more information call 309.863.3013.

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  • Relax Under the Stars | FREE Noon Event!

    (Planetarium - Wednesday, April 5, 2017)

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    Relax Under the Stars  |  FREE Noon Event!

    Wed, Apr 5 | 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.

    Please note that all are welcome, but this program may not be suitable for young children. It is designed to give people a quiet time to relax, and periods of long sitting can be difficult for some young ones.

    Upcoming Dates: May 3, Jun 7

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

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  • The George & Norma Kottemann Collection: A 40-Year Passion for Art Exhibition Opens

    (Exhibit - Saturday, April 8, 2017)

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    The George & Norma Kottemann Collection: A 40-Year Passion for Art Exhibition Opens

    April 8 - July 9, 2017

    Permanent Collection Gallery

    Featuring 45 works of mid-century to contemporary art, this exhibition traces one couple’s journey as collectors through four decades of discovery, appreciation, and patronage of the arts. A remarkable selection of art features 15 prints, paintings, and other works on paper by ground-breaking artists including Georgia O’Keeffe, George Braque, Marc Chagall, Alexander Calder and more. More than a dozen sculptural works will be on view by visionary artists including Barbara Helpworth, Richard Hunt, Preston Jackson, and Willem de Kooning. Also included in the exhibition is selection of sculptural glass that traces the history of the studio art glass movement in American, beginning with Harvey Littleton and continuing through contemporary artists like Toots Zynsky, Richard Marquis, and Dante Marioni.

    This exhibition is presented in partnership between Peoria Riverfront Museum and Peoria Art Guild. The family of Dr. George and Norma Kottemann has generously loaned the artwork for display in this exhibition.

    For more information about this exhibition: click here

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  • Chemistry Demonstrations | Apr 8

    (General - Saturday, April 8, 2017)

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    Chemistry Demonstrations

    Sat, Apr 8 | 1-2 pm

    Lobby

    Stand back, watch out, and enjoy chemistry in action! Bradley University Chemistry Club students provide activities and perform chemistry demonstrations. Free to members and with regular paid admission.

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  • Museum After Dark: GIN-ETICS

    (General - Saturday, April 8, 2017)

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    Museum After Dark: GIN-ETICS

    Sat, Apr 8 | 7-9 PM

    Looking for a unique way to spend an evening? Come explore genetics with us in a special after hours walk-through of our new exhibition "GENOME: Unlocking Life's Code's"! Enjoy a planetarium show, and awesome science activities! Light snacks and one drink included. A cash bar will be available in the lobby.

    $30 members | $33 public

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

    Must be 21 or older to attend. 

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  • Spring Into Science!

    (General - From Monday, April 10, 2017 until Monday, April 17, 2017)

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    Spring Into Science!

    April 10-16 & April 17 | 1:30-2:30 pm

    Museum Lobby

    Stop by the Riverfront Museum to see how you can add a little extra science and a lot more fun to your spring break! We’ll be demonstrating awesome science activities and experiments in the lobby that are perfect for the whole family. Best of all, we’ll give you an instruction sheet so you can recreate the fun at home!

    Full Schedule:

    Mon, Apr 10 | Finding Fingerprints
    Tues, Apr 11 | Quick & Easy Crystal Gardens
    Wed, Apr 12 | Inherited Genes
    Thurs, Apr 13 | Plastic Milk
    Fri, Apr 14 | Homemade Hot Ice
    Sat, Apr 15 | DNA Extraction
    Mon, Apr 17 | Finding Fingerprints

    Free to members and with regular paid admission.

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  • Art Club: Frieze of Parnassus, part II

    (General - Tuesday, April 11, 2017)

    Art Club: Frieze of Parnassus at the Albert Memorial

    Tues, Apr 11 | 1 pm

    Auditorium 

    Art Club is a monthly meeting of people who love art. We select a different topic each month, and enjoy a casual staff-led discussion (with Powerpoint slides) accompanied by coffee and treats. Participants are encouraged, though not required, to submit discussion suggestions of art that is related to the topic. It's like a book club, but without as much homework! 

    Coffee and treats are served. Please bring your own coffee cup!

    Free with General Admission

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  • Laser Light Night | Laser Floyd

    (Planetarium - Friday, April 14, 2017)

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    LASER LIGHT NIGHT | Laser Floyd 

    Fri, Apr 14 
    6 pm  |  Laser Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon
    7 pm  |  Laser Floyd: The Wall

    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.)

    Members: $5 one show, $8 both shows | Public: $7 one show, $12 both shows (to get combo price tickets call 309.686.7000 or visit the ticket desk in person)

    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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  • Technology Day Camp

    (General - Friday, April 14, 2017)

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    Technology Day Camp

    Fri, Apr 14 | 9 am-4 pm

    Studio 3

    Don’t let the kids sit at home on Good Friday. Instead, let them explore innovative technology at the Riverfront Museum! This day-camp is designed to introduce students to a variety of new computer programming, robotics, and video game design technologies ranging from Scratch to Ozobots to 3-D printing and more. By the end of the day, we will have created several working games and programs, many of which can even be accessed and edited from home! Please provide your student(s) with a peanut-free sack lunch.
    Ages 8-14

    $50 - members | $55 - public

    Register online now - click here.
    Registration & more info also available at the museum or by phone: 309.686.7000.

    All materials included. Advanced registration required.

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  • A Evening with the Experts: Genomics and Our Health

    (General - Wednesday, April 19, 2017)

    A Evening with the Experts: Genomics and Our Health

    Wed, Apr 19
    5–6 pm Genome: Unlocking Life's Code open for visitors / reception 

    6–8 pm Lectures / Question and Answer Session

    Lobby / Gallery / Giant Screen Theater

    Join us for an evening symposium featuring top researchers in the field of genomics. Eric Green, M.D., Ph.D., Director, National Human Genome Research Institute and Les Biesecker, M.D. will present 30-minute lectures on the future of precision medicine. Following the lectures, Dr. Gary Knepp, Chief Medical Officer at UnityPoint Methodist, will moderate a question and answer session for the audience with the panelists. 

    • Opening remarks: Marcelo Bento Soares, Ph.D. (Professor and Head, Cancer Biology and Pharmacology/Senior Associate Dean for Research, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria)
    • Lecture: “Bringing Genomic Medicine into Focus” by Eric Green, M.D., Ph.D. (Director, National Human Genome Research Institute, National Institutes of Health)
    • Lecture: “Genomic Diagnosis before Disease: Opportunities and Challenges” by Les Biesecker, M.D. (Chief & Senior Investigator, National Human Genome Research Institute)
    • Question and answer session moderated by Dr. Gary Knepp (Chief Medical Officer UnityPoint Health)

    Admission to this event is free, but seating is limited. Reservations are required. 

    Reserve tickets online now - click here!

    For more information, call 309.863.3028.

    This event is made possible by a special partnership of the Peoria Riverfront Museum, the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), University of Illinois College of Medicine at Peoria, and UnityPoint Health with support from the Foundation for the National Institutes of Health (FNIH).

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  • Scouting at the Museum: Sky is the Limit!

    (General - Saturday, April 22, 2017)

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    Scouting at the Museum: Sky is the Limit!
    Sat, Apr 22th | 12pm - 3pm
    Location: Illinois River Classroom

    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 practice with a telescope (weather permitting).
    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.

    Scouts $20 | Chaperones $5.50
    Buy 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.

  • Pub Night Under the Stars | Exoplanets

    (Planetarium - Saturday, April 22, 2017)

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    Pub Night Under the Stars | Exoplanets

    Dome Planetarium

    Sat, Apr 22 I 7-9 pm

    Beer, Pizza, & Space, what more could you want? Learn what’s up in the night sky and the latest news from the cosmos as we tour the Universe using our real-time Uniview software. Planetarium Curator Renae Kerrigan will be your guide as we discuss humanity’s first steps into space exploration, and the discovery of fantastic planets orbiting the stars you see at night. Guests receive up to 3 beers & pizza included with ticket, water & soda also available. 

    $30 members | $33 public

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

    Additional questions? Contact Renae Kerrigan at rkerrigan@peoriariverfrontmuseum.org or 309.863.3030.

    Ages 21+ only. Advance registration required.

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  • Cabernet & Clay | Hand Built Ceramics - SOLD OUT!

    (General - Saturday, April 22, 2017)

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    Cabernet & Clay | Hand Built Ceramics - SOLD OUT!

    Sat, Apr 22  |  6:30-9 pm

    Studio 1

    Sit back, relax, and enjoy the simple pleasure of making something with your own two hands. Local teacher and artist, Al Corpuz, will lead you in a variety of ceramic techniques, including glazing, wheel throwing, and hand-building! Best of all, once you’ve created it, we’ll fire and glaze it for you! All events will include a variety of wine and light snacks, and finished pieces will be ready for pickup within 10 business days.

    Ages 21 and over only. All materials are included. This program is conditional upon minimum participation. If you are interested in scheduling a private Cabernet & Clay for a special occasion or for your organization, contact Taylor at 309.863.3034.

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  • Scouting at the Museum: Book Artist

    (General - Sunday, April 23, 2017)

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    Scouting at the Museum: Book Artist
    Sun, Apr 23 | 12pm – 3 pm
    Location: Classroom 1

    This is a one-day workshop for Cadettes to get creative with books! The girl scouts will learn the basics of bookbinding and will even make their own diary to take home! The workshop includes everything the scouts need to get their patch!
    While this workshop is intended for Cadettes to earn their Book Artist patch, it is open to scouts and family members of all ages. There will be a snack break. Scouts are welcome to bring a snack or money for the concession stand.

    Scouts $20 | Chaperones $5.50
    Buy tickets online now - click here.

    Group rates are available for groups of 5 or more and include 1 chaperone per 5 scouts.
    Tickets and more info also available at the museum or by phone: 309.868.7000.

  • The Evolution of Insects

    (General - Sunday, April 30, 2017)

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    The Evolution of Insects, Lecture by Mark DuBois

    Sun, Apr 20  | 2 pm

    Auditorium

    Learn about the history, diversity, and biological impact of insects on our planet; they are the "little things that run our world.

    Insects have an incredible impact on our planet. They truly are the "little things which run our world." They have done this for over 325 million years. During his presentation, Mark will review the origin of insects, their diversity over time, their biological impact and will present a number of interesting factoids throughout. Basic concepts (such as what is a species) will be explained. Some interesting observations related to insect genetics and more will also be included. Mark has published nearly 60 papers (and chapters in books) on many aspects of insect biology and distribution. He has traveled to many exotic localities in search of ants. Mark even has a butterfly named after him. He will share his enthusiasm and passion for the study of insects throughout the presentation.

    Mark DuBois is a Professor at ICC in the Business, Hospitality, and Information Systems Department where he is recognized as an Adobe Education Leader. He is also a Research Affiliate with the Illinois Natural History Survey.

    This event is free to the public and appropriate for general audiences.

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  • Art Club: The Insect Photography of Levon Biss

    (General - Tuesday, May 9, 2017)

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    Art Club: The Insect Photography of Levon Biss

    Mar 14 | 1 pm

    Auditorium

    Art Club is a monthly meeting of people who love art. We select a different topic each month, and enjoy a casual staff-led discussion (with Powerpoint slides) accompanied by coffee and treats. Participants are encouraged, though not required, to submit discussion suggestions of art that is related to the topic. It's like a book club, but without as much homework!

    Coffee and treats are served. Please bring your own coffee cup!

    Free with General Admission

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  • Pollinator Day

    (General - Saturday, May 20, 2017)

    Pollinator Family Day

    Sat, May 20 I 10 am - 2 pm

    Museum Lobby

    Butterflies, bees, beetles, bats and all types of pollinators are vital to our food system and a maintaining a healthy ecosystem. Many of these pollinators are facing a decline in population. Learn what you can do to help in a fun-filled family day! Learn about pollinators from community groups including the Heart of Illinois Sierra Club, the Peoria Academy of Science, the Heart of Illinois Beekeepers, and more! Discuss the importance of native plants with experts, and purchase some for your yard. Visit the Mari Posa Bus traveling classroom on monarch butterflies, parked just outside the museum on Water Street. Pollinator Day activities are free. Regular admission applies to museum galleries and Giant Screen Theater films.

    Conservation Conversations - a free class on native plants and their benefits by Simply Native Nursery - will be available to all at 12:30 PM

    This event is put on in partnership with the HOI Sierra Club and the Peoria RiverFront Market. May 20 is opening day for the RiverFront Farmer's Market - stop by the market for your local vegetables, baked goods, and art, and then join us at the museum for Pollinator Day!

    The RiverFront Market is Open every Saturday May 20 – September 30 8 a.m. – Noon
    200 Block of Water Street
    Featuring local produce, meats, cheeses, baked good, flowers and more!
    Local art, live music and demonstrations each week.
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  • Scouting at the Museum: Craft Potter

    (General - Sunday, May 21, 2017)

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    Scouting at the Museum: Craft Potter
    Sun, May 21st | 12pm – 3pm
    Location: Studio 1

    Brownies can earn their craft potter badge in the museum pottery studio! Scouts will learn how to work with clay to make their own masterpiece. This workshop fulfills all of the requirements for the craft potter badge!

    The pieces will be fired in the studio kiln. Parents will have to pick up the finished pieces the following week.

    While this workshop is intended for brownies to earn their Home Scientist patch, it is open to scouts and family members of all ages. There will be a snack break. Scouts are welcome to bring a snack or money for the concession stand.

    Scouts $20 | Chaperones $5.50
    Buy tickets online now - click here.

    Group rates are available for groups of 5 or more and include 1 chaperone per 5 scouts.
    Tickets and more info also available at the museum or by phone: 309.868.7000.

  • Scouting at the Museum: Do it Yourself Gardener

    (General - Sunday, June 4, 2017)

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    Scouting at the Museum: Do It Yourself Gardener
    Sun, Jun 4 | 12pm – 3 pm
    Location: Classroom 1

    Juniors will explore the museum learning garden and learn about the biology that surrounds us. The Scouts will make their potted plants to take home.
    There will be a snack break. Scouts are welcome to bring a snack or money for the concession stand. While this workshop is intended for Juniors to earn their DIY Gardener badge, it is open to scouts and family members of all ages.

    Scouts $20 | Chaperones $5.50
    Buy tickets online now - click here.

    Group rates are available for groups of 5 or more and include 1 chaperone per 5 scouts.
    Tickets and more info also available at the museum or by phone: 309.868.7000.

  • Scouting at the Museum: Grow Something

    (General - Saturday, June 10, 2017)

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    Scouting at the Museum: Grow Something
    Sat, Jun 10th | 12pm – 3pm
    Location: Studio 1

    Wolf Scouts will explore the museum learning garden and learn about the biology that surrounds us. The Scouts will make their own terrarium to take home. In order to earn the belt loop, they will have to take care of it and track its growth over 30 days.
    While this workshop is intended for Wolfs to earn their Grow Something belt loop, it is open to scouts and family members of all ages.
    There will be a snack break. Scouts are welcome to bring a snack or money for the concession stand.

    Scouts $20 | Chaperones $5.50
    Buy tickets online now - click here.

    Group rates are available for groups of 5 or more and include 1 chaperone per 5 scouts.
    Tickets and more info also available at the museum or by phone: 309.868.7000.