Events

  • Unicorn Day

    (General - Saturday, August 18, 2018)

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    Unicorn Day 

    Sat, Aug 18 | 11 am-2 pm

    Auditorium

    This summer, join in the Mythic Creatures fun with hands-on art and science activities featuring unicorns in the Museum Auditorium! Take home your creations to keep the myth alive.  

    Free for Members | $2 Public 

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  • CANCELED-Cub Scout Overnight at the Museum

    (General - From Saturday, August 18, 2018 until Sunday, August 19, 2018)

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    CANCELED-Cub Scout Overnight at the Museum

    Sat, Aug 18-Sun Aug 19

    Unfortunately, this event has been canceled as it did not meet the required number of participants to run.

    Museum Overnight is a rare chance for Cub Scouts and their families to spend a night at the museum. Join us for a night filled with crafts and activities, a chance to explore Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Mermaids, & Unicorns, and sleeping under the stars in the planetarium!

    For more information, read the What to Expect Guide.
    Liability Waiver
    Medical Waiver

    $45 Scouts l $15 Chaperone

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

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  • Classic Film Series | Mildred Pierce

    (Theater - Thursday, August 23, 2018)

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    Mildred Pierce

    Thu, Aug 23 | 6 PM

    Guest Speaker: Paul Resnick

    When Mildred Pierce's (Joan Crawford) wealthy husband leaves her for another woman, Mildred decides to raise her two daughters on her own. Despite Mildred's financial successes in the restaurant business, her oldest daughter, Veda (Ann Blyth), resents her mother for degrading their social status. In the midst of a police investigation after the death of her second husband (Zachary Scott), Mildred must evaluate her own freedom and her complicated relationship with her daughter. Dir. Michael Curtiz. 1945.

    Members: Adult $8.50, Senior $7.50, Child $6.50 | Public: Adult $10.50, Senior $9.50, Child $8.50

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

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  • Museum After Dark

    (General - Friday, August 24, 2018)

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    Museum After Dark

    Fri, Aug 24 | 7-9 pm

    Grab a friend and get ready for an other-worldly party! You’ll start off with a self-guided tour of our "Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids" exhibit, where you can immerse yourself in the creatures that have gripped the world imaginations and the cultures where they began. Enjoy two free drinks, light snacks, and hands-on activities and demos in the lobby.

    Ages 21+

    $30 Members | $36 Public

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

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  • Classic Film Series | Touch of Evil

    (Theater - Thursday, August 30, 2018)

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    Touch of Evil

    Thu, Aug 30 | 6 PM

    Guest Speaker: Steve Tarter

    When a car bomb explodes on the American side of the U.S./Mexico border, Mexican drug enforcement agent Miguel Vargas (Charlton Heston) begins his investigation, along with American police captain Hank Quinlan (Orson Welles). When Vargas begins to suspect that Quinlan and his shady partner, Menzies (Joseph Calleia), are planting evidence to frame an innocent man, his investigations into their possible corruption quickly put himself and his new bride, Susie (Janet Leigh), in jeopardy. Dir. Orson Welles. 1958. PG-13.

    Members: Adult $8.50, Senior $7.50, Child $6.50 | Public: Adult $10.50, Senior $9.50, Child $8.50

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

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  • Docent-Led Gallery Tour | Sep 2

    (General - Sunday, September 2, 2018)

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    Docent-Led Gallery Tour

    Sun, Sep 2 | 2 pm

    Join knowledgeable Museum docents on a docent-led gallery tour of Mythic Creatures: Unicorns, Dragons, & Mermaids, located in the International Feature Gallery. For more information about this exhibition - click here.

    Tours are FREE for members and with admission to Mythic Creatures.

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  • Relax Under the Stars | September

    (Planetarium - Wednesday, September 5, 2018)

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    Relax Under the Stars | FREE Noon Event!

    Wed, Sep 5 | Noon-1 pm
    First Wednesday of every month, Noon-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: October 3, November 7, December 5

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

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  • 48-hour Filmmakers Fest 2018

    (Theater - Friday, September 7, 2018)

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    48-hour Filmmakers Fest 2018

    Sep 7-9 | Film Creation

    Giant Screen Theater

    The Riverfront Museum’s 48-hour Filmmakers Fest is a competition that gives aspiring filmmakers of all ages the chance to create a 3-5-minute movie in just 48 hours. Each film — from writing and shooting to editing and sound design – must occur between Friday, Sep. 7, and Sunday, Sep. 9.

    On Sep. 7, we will announce a theme, a line of dialogue and an object that needs to be included in each submission, e.g. Friendship, “That’s too much” and a baseball bat. After this announcement is made, filmmakers will have 48 hours to create their 3-5-minute film.
    On Sunday, Sep. 9, filmmakers will submit their finished product and, over the next several days, they will be viewed by a panel of judges who will determine the overall winner and runner-up.

    On Saturday, Sep. 15, all submissions will be screened at the GST, at which time the winner and runner-up will be announced. In addition, a special People’s Choice award will be selected based on audience vote that night.

    $10 entry fee

    For more info about the event and rules - click here.

    Register online now - click here.

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  • FREE Day! Science Rocks!

    (General - Saturday, September 8, 2018)

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    Science Rocks! FREE DAY

    Sat, Sept 8 | Activities 11-3

    Lobby

    Meet local scientists and participate in fun and hands-on activities in the Museum Lobby from 11 am-3 pm! All activities, permanent galleries, and public planetarium shows will be free and open to the public. The Mythic Creatures exhibition will be $5 per person.

    More info on the Illinois Heartland section of the ACS (American Chemical Society). – click here. For more info on the Ag lab (USDA-ARS National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research (NCAUR)). - click here.

    Free & open to the public. Giant Screen Theater films & the Mythic Creatures exhibition ($5 per person) are not included in the free day.

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

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  • Docent-Led Gallery Tour | Sep 9

    (General - Sunday, September 9, 2018)

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    Docent-Led Gallery Tour

    Sun, Sep 9 | 2 pm

    Join knowledgeable Museum docents on a docent-led gallery tour of Mythic Creatures: Unicorns, Dragons, & Mermaids, located in the International Feature Gallery. For more information about this exhibition - click here.

    Tours are FREE for members and with admission to Mythic Creatures.

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  • Art Club | September

    (General - Tuesday, September 11, 2018)

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    Art Club

    Tue, Sep 11 | 1-2 pm

    Boardroom

    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!

    This month's topic is Botticelli's Divine Comedy Illustrations!

    If you would like to discuss a piece please email: slessen@peoriariverfrontmuseum.org.

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

    Free to members and with general admission.

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

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  • Educator Open House & Teacher Tuesday STEAM Resource Fair

    (General - Tuesday, September 11, 2018)

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    Educator Open House & Teacher Tuesday STEAM Resource Fair

    Tue, Sep 11 | 4:30-7 pm

    The Riverfront Museum and Teacher Tuesdays through the U of I Extension Office is putting on an Educator Resource event during the Museum's Educator Open House! This event 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, as well as the Museum and other area educational and outreach opportunities and resources! Light refreshments will be available and knowledgeable staff will be on hand to answer questions. 

    To register online - click here

    Direct questions to Holly Johnson at 309.863.3013 or hjohnson@peoriariverfrontmuseum.org.

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

    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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  • Senior Morning | Mythic Creatures

    (General - Wednesday, September 12, 2018)

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    Senior Morning

    Wed, Sep 12 | 10-11 am

    Auditorium & Galleries

    Free for seniors - these educational events take place every other month on Wednesday morning and cover topics from Museum exhibits to educational movies. This month we'll explore the exhibition, Mythic Creatures: Unicorns, Dragons & Mermaids! After you will be able to explore the museum free with parking in the covered park deck off of Water Street.

    9:45 am Doors Open
    10:00 am Coffee and danish, muffins, and other light breakfast treats in the Auditorium
    10:30 am Program
    11:00 am Gallery visit

    Registration is not necessary, but groups are encouraged to call ahead so that we will be prepared. Please call Shelby Lessen at 309.863.3015.

    Free event for seniors.

    More information available at the Museum or by phone: 309.686.7000.

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  • Little Artists | Ages 3-6

    (General - Thursday, September 13, 2018)

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    Little Artists

    Thursdays, Sep 13-Oct 4 | 9:30-10:15 am

    Classroom 2

    Explore art from a pint-sized point of view! Whether learning how to paint with marbles or making a bouncy ball, you and your child are sure to have a fabulous time in this creative class! Each session offers new activities so you can enjoy this class over and over again. You will get messy, so wear old clothes! Caregivers must stay with children. This class is perfect for grandparents.
    Heather Placko: Museum Educator

    Ages 3-6

    $25 Members | $30 Public

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

    All supplies provided for classes, workshops, and programs unless otherwise noted. All paid classes, workshops, and programs require a minimum number of participants to run or will be cancelled two business days prior to the start date. Pre-registration required.

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  • Homeschool Fridays

    (General - Friday, September 14, 2018)

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    Homeschool Fridays 

    Fridays, September 14-October 5

    1:15-2:15 pm

    Ages 3-6 Ages 6-10 Ages 10-14 Ages 14-18
    PreK Pottery Dash Robots Ancient Western Art and History Painting and Drawing
    Pre-Calligraphy Astronomy 101: See the Seasons Astronomy 101: See the Seasons

    2:30-3:30 pm

    Ages 3-6 Ages 6-10 Ages 10-14 Ages 14-18
    Little Artists Intro to Chinese Calligraphy Museum Studies: Exhibit Design Ancient Western Art and History
    Elementary Pottery  3D Printing Challenge

    $25 Members | $30 Public

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

    All supplies provided for classes, workshops, and programs unless otherwise noted. All paid classes, workshops, and programs require a minimum number of participants to run or will be cancelled two business days prior to the start date. Pre-registration required.

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  • Pub Night Under the Stars | Is there life on Mars?

    (Planetarium - Saturday, September 15, 2018)

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    Pub Night Under the Stars | Is there life on Mars?

    Sat, Sep 15 | 7-9 pm

    Planetarium

    Enjoy craft beer and delicious food while exploring the cosmos using our real-time Uniview software. This is an opportunity to have fun and learn about the latest discoveries and missions taking place right now. A stellar Planetarium operator will be your guide to the red planet and beyond.

    Guests will receive up to 3 craft beers & Italian beef sliders included in ticket price.

    Ages 21+

    $30 Members l $36 Public

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

    All supplies provided for programs unless otherwise noted. All paid programs require a minimum number of participants to run or will be cancelled two business days prior to the start date. Pre-registration required.

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  • Design It: 3-D Printed Castle I

    (General - Saturday, September 15, 2018)

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    Design It: 3-D Printed Castle I

    Sat, Sep 15 | 10-Noon

    Studio 3

    Do you love castles and learning new technology? Join in our Mythic Creatures fun design your own castle! Learn the history of castle fortification, the basic design principles of 3-D printing and create your own 3-D printed castle! No experience required.
    Participants will have one week to pick-up final printed projects, starting on Saturday, September 22 at the ticket desk.

    Ages 10-17

    $20 Members | $25 Public

    Register online now - click here.
    Tickets & more info available at the Museum or by phone: 309.686.7000.

    All supplies provided for workshops unless otherwise noted. All paid workshops require a minimum number of participants to run or will be cancelled two business days prior to the start date.

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  • Design It: 3-D Printed Castle II

    (General - Saturday, September 15, 2018)

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    Design It: 3-D Printed Castle II

    Sat, Sep 15 | 2-4 pm

    Studio 3

    Do you love castles and learning new technology? Join in our Mythic Creatures fun design your own castle! Learn the history of castle fortification, the basic design principles of 3-D printing and create your own 3-D printed castle! No experience required.
    Participants will have one week to pick-up final printed projects, starting on Saturday, September 22 at the ticket desk.

    Ages 18+

    $20 Members | $25 Public

    Register online now - click here.
    Tickets & more info available at the Museum or by phone: 309.686.7000.

    All supplies provided for workshops unless otherwise noted. All paid workshops require a minimum number of participants to run or will be cancelled two business days prior to the start date.

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  • 48-hour Filmmakers Fest 2018 | Film Screening & Awards Show

    (Theater - Saturday, September 15, 2018)

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    48-hour Filmmakers Fest | Film Screening & Awards Show

    Sat, Sep 15 | 6 pm

    Giant Screen Theater

    The Riverfront Museum’s 48-hour Filmmakers Fest is a competition that gives aspiring filmmakers of all ages the chance to create a 3-5-minute movie in just 48 hours. Each film — from writing and shooting to editing and sound design – must occur between Friday, Sep. 7, and Sunday, Sep. 9.

    On Saturday, Sep. 15, all submissions will be screened at the GST, at which time the winner and runner-up will be announced. In addition, a special People’s Choice award will be selected based on audience vote that night.

    The overall winner will receive a trophy and a cash prize. The runner-up will also receive a trophy and cash prize and the People’s Choice award winner will receive a trophy.

    Participants will get 4 free tickets to the screening.

    $5 per person

    For more info about the event - click here.

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  • Story Time in the Galleries | September

    (Exhibit - Thursday, September 20, 2018)

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    Story Time in the Galleries

    Thu, Sep 20 | 10:30-11:15 am

    Lobby

    Join in the fantastic fun this summer with a local librarian reading a story in the museum's galleries! Come hear a story that relates to an object in the Museum, and then hear more about the gallery from a museum educator. Families should meet in the lobby and will travel together to the gallery.
    Program is intended for younger audiences.

    Free for members & with paid admission to Mythic Ceatures

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  • Mermaid Day

    (General - Saturday, September 22, 2018)

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    Mermaid Day

    Sat, Sep 22 | 11 am-2 pm

    Auditorium

    This summer, join in the Mythic Creatures fun with hands-on art and science activities featuring mermaids in the Museum Auditorium! Take home your creations to keep the myth alive.

    Free for Members | $2 Public

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  • Fantastic Fantasy: Wands, Potions, & More!

    (General - Saturday, September 29, 2018)

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    Fantastic Fantasy: Wands, Potions, & More!

    Sat, Sep 29 | 10-11:30 am

    Studio 2

    Join in for spells, potions, mythic creatures, wand making, and more! Take a tour of the new summer exhibition, Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns, & Mermaids, create potions, design your own wand, and more!

    Ages 10-16

    $12 Members | $15 Public

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

    All supplies provided for workshops unless otherwise noted. All paid workshops require a minimum number of participants to run or will be cancelled two business days prior to the start date. Pre-registration required.

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  • Cabernet & Clay | Wheel Thrown Pottery

    (General - Saturday, September 29, 2018)

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    Cabernet & Clay | Wheel Thrown Pottery

    Sat, Sep 29  |  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.

    $30 members | $36 public

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

    Ages 21+. All supplies provided for workshops unless otherwise noted. All paid workshops require a minimum number of participants to run or will be cancelled two business days prior to the start date. Pre-registration required. If you are interested in scheduling a private Cabernet & Clay for a special occasion or for your organization, contact Shelby at 309.863.3015.

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  • Relax Under the Stars | October

    (Planetarium - Wednesday, October 3, 2018)

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    Relax Under the Stars  |  FREE Noon Event!

    Wed, Oct 3 | 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. If you arrive past Noon, it will be dark in the Dome. Please pause for a few minutes to allow your eyes to adjust to the dark. 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: November 7, December 5

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

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  • Botticelli: Inferno

    (Theater - From Friday, October 5, 2018 until Sunday, October 7, 2018)

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    Botticelli: Inferno
    Co-Sponsored by The Fine Arts Society of Peoria

    Fri, Oct 5 | 6 pm | Members Only Preview
    Sat, Oct 6 | 6 pm
    Sun, Oct 7 | 4 pm

    Giant Screen Theater

    Discover the mysteries in the map of Dante’s Inferno and the secrets of the most restless artist of the Renaissance

    In October 2016 “Inferno”, the third installment of Dan Brown’s blockbuster trilogy (after “The Da Vinci Code” and “Angels and Demons”) starring Tom Hanks and directed by Ron Howard was released worldwide. The story revolves around a mystery hidden in Botticelli’s drawings of Dante’s Divina Commedia. But what’s the real story behind these illustrations, and in particular, the map to Dante Alighieri’s Inferno? Why was his work left unfinished and got lost, and how was it rediscovered? “Botticelli Inferno” is a fascinating, throughout investigation on the secrets behind Botticelli drawings, destined to show a surprising dark side of the renowned Renaissance artist, famous for peaceful and idyllic paintings such as “The Birth of Venus” and “La Primavera”.
    Running time: 90 min

    Members: Child (3-17) $6.50, Senior (60+) $7.50, Adult $8.50
    Public: Child (3-17) $8.50, Senior (60+) $9.50, Adult $10.50

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

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  • Wine & Art | The Scream

    (General - Saturday, October 6, 2018)

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    Wine & Art | The Scream

    Sat, Oct 6 | 7-9 pm

    Studio 2

    Spend the evening relaxing and creating at one of our Wine & Art Night events! Eugene Nana Ekow Maison, local artist, will guide you in creating you own unique version of Edvard Munch's The Scream to take home with you! All materials, wine and light snacks are provided. Seating is limited, so register early!
    Eugene Nana Ekow Maison: Museum Instructor, MFA

    $30 members | $36 public

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

    Must be age 21+. Pre-registration required. To schedule a private workshop, and or Wine & Art Night, call Shelby Lessen at 309.863.3015. All supplies provided for workshops unless otherwise noted. All paid workshops require a minimum number of participants to run or will be cancelled two business days prior to the start date. 

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  • Art Club | October

    (General - Tuesday, October 9, 2018)

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    Art Club

    Tue, Oct 9 | 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!

    This month's topic are Tiffany Lamps!

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

    Free to members & with general admission.

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

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  • Chemistry Demonstrations | Oct 27

    (General - Saturday, October 27, 2018)

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    Chemistry Demonstrations

    Sat, Oct 27 | 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 general admission.

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

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