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  • Dinosaurs in Motion Exhibition Opens!

    (Exhibit - From Saturday, July 11, 2015 until Sunday, October 4, 2015)

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    EXHIBITION OPENS SAT JULY 11!

    14 DINO SCULPTURES THAT YOU CONTROL!  44-FOOT T-REX!  MOST INTERACTIVE TOURING DINO EXHIBIT!

    Dinosaurs in Motion is an interactive exhibition for visitors of all ages. This amazing blend of art, science and innovation features 14 fully interactive, recycled metal dinosaur sculptures with exposed mechanics inspired by actual fossils. You control the action of the dinosaurs, including a 44-foot T-rex!

    The kinetic life-size sculptures in Dinosaurs in Motion reveal art, science and innovation with steel skeletons and exposed mechanics like you’ve never seen before! The most interactive dinosaur exhibition to ever tour engages with:

    ART: Sketch, draw & sculpt to explore your inner creativity!

    SCIENCE: Learn kinetics, biomechanics & robotics while moving the dinosaurs with pulleys, levers & remote controls!

    INNOVATION: Observe & experiment with your own prehistoric, recycled creations!

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  • Minecraft Storyboarding

    (General - Saturday, August 1, 2015)

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    Minecraft Storyboarding

    Studio 2

    Sat Aug 1  |  1-3 PM

    Join us for an exciting afternoon as we dream up our very own Minecraft inspired storyboards! Participants will learn about the basic structure of stories, explore their own ideas for building a plot, and get to sketch out their ideas with help from a local artist!

    Heather Placko: BA, Creative Writing
    Judy Placko: BA, MFA, Color & Design

    Ages 9+
    $20 Members | $25 Public

    For more information or to get registered call Taylor at 309-863-3034. 

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  • Movie Musicals on the Giant Screen - The Sound of Music

    (General - Saturday, August 1, 2015)

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    Movie Musicals on the Giant Screen! Saturdays at 6 pm through August & September

    The Sound of Music

    Sat , Aug 1  |  6 pm

    A tuneful, heartwarming story, it is based on the real life story of the Von Trapp Family singers, one of the world's best-known concert groups in the era immediately preceding World War II. Julie Andrews plays the role of Maria, the tomboyish postulant at an Austrian abbey who becomes a governess in the home of a widowed naval captain with seven children, and brings a new love of life and music into the home. (1963)

    Directed by: Robert Wise  |  Rated G  |  2h 54m

    TICKETS:  Adult $7.50  |  Senior or Student $6.50  |  Youth (up to 17) $5.50 

    Buy your tickets online now: click here!  (Call 309.686.7000 for tickets by phone or more info.)

    Movie Musicals on the Giant Screen - Film Lineup 

    Riverfront Museum Movie Musicals were chosen by popular vote via a public poll.

    AUG 1:  The Sound of Music

    AUG 8:  Grease

    AUG 15: Chicago

    AUG 22:  Mary Poppins

    AUG 29:  Moulin Rouge!

    SEP 5:  Singin' in the Rain

    SEP 12:  Les Misérables

    SEP 19:  West Side Story

    See The Wizard of Oz in 4K Hi Def: Fri, Aug 14 at 3:30, 6 & 8:30 pm! More info: click here!

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  • Relax Under the Stars: FREE Planetarium Event (1st Weds at Noon)

    (General - Wednesday, August 5, 2015)

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    Relax Under the Stars - FREE Planetarium Event 1st Weds at Noon!

    First Wednesday of every month, 12-1 pm

    Dome Planetarium (enter through doors at the Dome)

    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 the month at noon.

    NOTE: Please use the north side entrance of the Museum, at the Dome Planetarium - across from Caterpillar Visitors Center.

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  • Bubble Blast! Aug. 7

    (General - Friday, August 7, 2015)

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    Bubble Blast!

    Sun Plaza (rain location: Dave Ransburg Family Plaza, Washington St. side)

    Fri, August 7  |  11 - 11:30 am

    FREE & open to the public

    Pop on by for a unique family-oriented demonstration all about bubbles! Although geared towards our pre-school guests, all ages will be dazzled by the awesome potential of a single bubble! The show will conclude at 11:30 am, but guests will be welcome to experiment with bubbles for the rest of the hour. All shows will take place on the Sun Plaza, weather permitting; preregistration is not necessary.

    Families Welcome!

    A $2 donation per child is encouraged.

    Free public event. Call 309-686-7000 for more information.

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  • Party on the Plaza with the Brazilionaires

    (General - Saturday, August 8, 2015)

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    MUSIC BY THE BRAZILIONAIRES & FOOD BY CRACKED PEPPER - INCLUDED WITH TICKET!

    PARTY on the PLAZA

    Sat, Aug 8  |  6-10 pm

    Join us for an exciting evening of delicious food, music & dancing on the Sun Plaza!

    Doors Open @ 6 pm  |  Food Served 6:30-8:30 pm  |  Band Starts @ 7 pm

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    FEATURING

    MUSIC by the BRAZILIONAIRES!

    MENU by CRACKED PEPPER (included with ticket)!

    • Shrimp & mango empanadas 
    • Chimichurri meatballs 
    • Tortilla chips with salsa verde, pineapple-corn-blackbean salsa & roasted plantain hummus 
    • Brazilian chicken salad in phyllo pockets
    • Churro with cinnamon & sugar, salted caramel dip 

    CASH BAR with MARGARITA MACHINE!

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    Tickets: $20 per person (includes food & music)

    BUY TICKETS!

    1. Online: click here!
    2. Phone: call 309-686-7000
    3. In person: stop by the Museum's front desk (lobby) 

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    Music sponsored by Terry Knueppel  |  Event sponsored by: Good Earth Landscaping DCM INC, Chappie & Jan Chapman, Michael & Grace Sposato

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  • Dinosaurs in Motion: Where Art & Science Meet | Exhibit Tour

    (General - Sunday, August 9, 2015)

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    Dinosaurs in Motion: Where Art & Science Meet  |  Exhibit Tour with Ann Schmitt

    International Features Gallery

    Sun, Aug 9  |  2-3 pm

    Join our very own Ann Schmitt on a special Gallery Tour of Dinosaurs in Motion to learn about and the artistry behind the dinosaurs!

    Free to members and with regular paid admission.

    Call 309-686-7000 for more information.

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  • The Wizard of Oz: 4K Hi Def

    (Theater - Friday, August 14, 2015)

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    The Wizard of Oz

    Presented in 4K high definition!

    FRIDAY, AUGUST 14
    3:30 PM  |  6:00 PM (SOLD OUT!)  |  8:30 PM

    In this charming film based on the popular L. Frank Baum stories, Dorothy and her dog Toto are caught in a tornado's path and somehow end up in the land of Oz. Here she meets some memorable friends and foes in her journey to meet the Wizard of Oz who everyone says can help her return home and possibly grant her new friends their goals of a brain, heart and courage. 

    Runtime: 1h 52m | Rated: PG

    Tickets: adult $7 | child $5 | senior or student $6

    Buy your tickets online now: click here!

    Learn more about Wizard of Oz Festival Illinois: click here!

    Call 309.686.7000 for tickets by phone or more info.

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  • Wine & Art Night with Zac Zetterberg

    (General - Saturday, August 15, 2015)

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    Wine & Art Night with Zac Zetterberg

    Studio 2

    Sat, Aug 15  |  7 - 9 pm

    Wine & Art Nights have quickly become a museum favorite! Each workshop features a local artist or teacher, a selection of wines, and of course a beautiful piece of art to recreate! Grab a few friends or plan to make new ones as you paint a piece with local artist Zac Zetterberg. All materials and wine are included.

    $30 Members  |  $33 Public

    Call 309.863.3034 for questions or to register.

    Must be age 21+

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  • Tea-Rex Party

    (General - Saturday, August 15, 2015)

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    Tea-Rex Party

    Auditorium

    Sat, Aug 15  |  11 am - 1 pm

    Join us for this one-of-a-kind dinosaur themed tea party at the Riverfront Museum! During the event you'll enjoy tea and treats, fun arts and crafts, and a special reading of Molly Idle's book "Tea Rex", and an awesome dinosaur photo-booth so you can capture your day of fun on a camera! Although geared towards pre-school and early elementary visitors, guests of all ages are welcome. Pre-registration is required and seating is limited so call to reserve your spot today!

    $10 members (per family)  |  $15 public (per family)

    Call 309.863.3034 for more info or to register.

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  • Bubble Blast! Aug. 15

    (General - Saturday, August 15, 2015)

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    Bubble Blast!

    Sun Plaza (rain location: Dave Ransburg Family Plaza, Washington St. side)

    Sat, August 15 | 11 - 11:30 am

    FREE & open to the public

    Pop on by for a unique family-oriented demonstration all about bubbles! Although geared towards our pre-school guests, all ages will be dazzled by the awesome potential of a single bubble! The show will conclude at 11:30 am, but guests will be welcome to experiment with bubbles for the rest of the hour. All shows will take place on the Sun Plaza, weather permitting; preregistration is not necessary.

    Families Welcome!

    A $2 donation per child is encouraged.

    Free public event. Call 309-686-7000 for more information.

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  • Super Saturday: Living Fossils | Sharks & Gars!

    (General - Saturday, August 15, 2015)

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    Super Saturday: Living Fossils | Sharks & Gars!

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    Sat, Aug 15  |  1-2 pm

    Join museum staff as they lead you in discovery of "living fossils," or sea creatures that have changed little from prehistoric times! Learn about how they survive, where they're found, and observe our very own spotted gar in the Riverfront Museum's fish tank!

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

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  • Reading Bones with Kathryn Driscoll

    (General - Sunday, August 16, 2015)

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    Reading Bones with Kathryn Driscoll

    Auditorium

    Sun, Aug 16 |  2 - 3 PM

    Have you ever wondered how paleontologists are able to learn so much about dinosaurs from the fossil fragments they left behind? In this fascinating lecture, Forensic Anthropologist Dr. Kathryn Driscoll will explain how she and many other scientists use bones, teeth, and claws – some fossilized and some not - to identify known and unknown species!

    Free and open to the public, general admission still applies to galleries, planetarium, and giant screen theater. Call 309-686-7000 for more information.

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  • Pluto Pub Night

    (General - Friday, August 21, 2015)

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    Pluto Pub Night

    Aug 21  |  7-9 PM  |  Ages 21+

    Enjoy beer, pizza, and the latest news from the New Horizons Pluto mission in a Pub Night at the Dome Planetarium! Planetarium curator, Renae Kerrigan, will fly guests through the Universe using our remarkable Uniview software. We'll end the night by making Pluto ice cream using liquid nitrogen! Guests will receive up to 3 beers, included in the ticket price. Advanced tickets required.

    $25 members  |  $30 public

    For more information and to purchase tickets, call 309.686.7000 or stop by the museum's Front Desk. 

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  • Laser Light Night - Zeppelin & Metallica

    (Planetarium - Saturday, August 22, 2015)

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    LASER LIGHT NIGHTS: ZEPPELIN & METALLICA

    Sat, Aug 22
    6 pm - Laser Zeppelin
    7 pm - Laser Metallica

    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)

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  • Bubble Blast! Aug. 22

    (General - Saturday, August 22, 2015)

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    Bubble Blast!

    Sun Plaza (rain location: Dave Ransburg Family Plaza, Washington St. side)

    Sat, August 22 | 11 - 11:30 am

    FREE & open to the public

    Pop on by for a unique family-oriented demonstration all about bubbles! Although geared towards our pre-school guests, all ages will be dazzled by the awesome potential of a single bubble! The show will conclude at 11:30 am, but guests will be welcome to experiment with bubbles for the rest of the hour. All shows will take place on the Sun Plaza, weather permitting; preregistration is not necessary.

    Families Welcome!

    A $2 donation per child is encouraged.

    Free public event. Call 309-686-7000 for more information.

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  • Educator Open House

    (General - Tuesday, August 25, 2015)

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    Educator Open House

    Lobby, Dome Planetarium, Galleries, Giant Screen Theater

    Tues, Aug 25 | 6:00 - 8:30 PM

    Educator Open House is a chance for area teachers to come to the museum for free with school ID or affiliation and explore the Museum’s galleries, Dome Planetarium, Giant Screen Theater, and educational and outreach opportunities! We’re offering CPDUs this year and the training will take place in our newest exhibition, Dinosaurs in Motion! To receive credit you must stay for the whole hour of instruction. All of our outreach programs will be on display in the lobby with knowledgeable staff on hand! Don't forget the field trip raffle; one lucky classroom will win a free field trip to the Museum's galleries! A light snack of cookies and coffee will be provided.  

    Free for educators with school ID or affiliation. RSVPs are encouraged but not required.

    RSVP or direct questions to Heather Placko at 309.863.3013 or hplacko@peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

    To download a pdf of the flyer, click here.

    Free Covered Parking off Water St.

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  • Dinosaur Family Night!

    (General - Friday, August 28, 2015)

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    Dinosaur Family Night!

    Lobby, Galleries, and Dome Planetarium 

    Fri, Aug 28  |  5 - 8 p

    You won't want to miss this! Come down to the Riverfront Museum for a special after hours Dinosaur Family Night! This fun-filled evening will include a tour of the Dinosaurs in Motion exhibition, a maker's space where you can try your hand at creating artistic sculptures and move-able models of your favorite dinosaurs, a fossil station where you'll learn how fossils form and make one of your own to keep, and more! At the end of the night, immerse yourself in the prehistoric world of dinosaurs with "Prehistoric Planet 3D" in the Giant Screen Theater! A snack bar, photo-booth, and scavenger hunt will also be available. 

    $20 per family - Members | $25 per family - Public

    Call 309.863.3034 to register

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  • Art-spiration: Be the Dinosaur!

    (General - Saturday, August 29, 2015)

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    Art-spiration: Be the Dinosaur!

    Studio 2

    Sat, Aug 29  |  2 PM

    Looking for a little prehistoric art-spiration? Stop by the lobby for a free family-friendly workshop that encourages teamwork, investigation, and imagination! This fall, we'll first create our very own dinosaur costumes in time to visit our new exhibit, Dinosaurs in Motion.

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

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