Events

  • NASA's SpaceX Dragon Launch LIVE from Kennedy Space Center

    (General - Saturday, May 30, 2020)

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    Join Kyle Denny on location at Kennedy Space Center for this exclusive museum live!

    NASA's SpaceX Crew Dragon Launch LIVE (rescheduled

    Live Show | Sat, May 30, 2:10 pm CT (3:10 pm ET)

    Live Liftoff | Sat, May 30, 2:22 pm CT (3:22 pm ET)

    Peoria Riverfront Museum's Facebook page | @riverfrontmuseum

    Peoria Riverfront Museum science educator Kyle Denny will be live on location at Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex, Saturday, May 30 for NASA's rescheduled SpaceX Dragon launch. It will be the first time astronauts have launched from the United States since the Space Shuttle missions. Join us for this exclusive museum event!

    NASA's SpaceX Demo-2 "Crew Dragon" Mission Launch Rescheduled

    NASA’s SpaceX Demo-2 mission will return U.S. human spaceflight to the International Space Station from U.S. soil with astronauts Robert ("Bob") Behnken and Douglas ("Doug") Hurley on an American rocket and spacecraft for the first time since 2011. In March 2020, at a SpaceX processing facility on Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, SpaceX successfully completed a fully integrated test of critical crew flight hardware ahead of Crew Dragon’s second demonstration mission to the International Space Station for NASA's Commercial Crew Program; the first flight test with astronauts onboard the spacecraft. 

    Behnken and Hurley will fly to the station aboard a SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft launched by a Falcon 9 rocket from Kennedy’s historic Launch Complex 39A. The Demo-2 mission will serve as an end-to-end flight test to validate the SpaceX crew transportation system, from launch to docking to splashdown. It is the final flight test for the system to be certified for regular crew flights to the station as part of NASA’s Commercial Crew Program. 

    Follow NASA's Commercial Space program HERE.

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  • Music Mondays Facebook LIVE SESSIONS | Nicholas James Boettcher

    (General - Monday, June 1, 2020)

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    Music Mondays | Year of the Guitar LIVE SESSIONS on Facebook

    Nick James Boettcher LIVE

    Jun 1 | 5 pm

    Peoria Riverfront Museum's Facebook Page (@riverfrontmuseum)

    Join us for FREE Music Mondays | Year of the Guitar LIVE SESSIONS on Peoria Riverfront Museum's Facebook page, as Central Illinoisans and accomplished guitar musicians bring live concerts to your living room!

    Nicholas James Boettcher, a Peoria, Ill. native, found his way into music at age 13 when he discovered an old Silvertone acoustic guitar that belonged to his mother when she was a child. Music came naturally and guitar was the gateway to the local music community, a place both rich in seasoned musicians and budding artists. Nick played every chance he could, feeding the drive to write and sing, as well as playing guitar. With a guitar scholarship to the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston and an independent creative drive he was able to self-release a solo record and a funk rock album with his band DriveTrain, performing regionally in Illinois and Boston. After graduation, Nick became Lesson Program Manager of ?Avenue N Guitars? in Chicago, where he shaped the creative minds and skills of clients from beginner to professional level as both a teacher and consultant. With fellow Illinoian and seasoned vocalist, Paige DeChausse, blues-based soul-rock band "The Reverent Few" was formed, headlining clubs and festivals throughout the Midwest. Due to family illness, Nick and Paige relocated to Austin, Texas, "Live Music Capital of the World." When not performing or teaching, Nick lends his guitar expertise and performance experience to world renowned Austin Vintage Guitars where he consults with clientele on the history and market value of high end vintage instruments. His band "The Reverent Few" released its debut album "Ain’t No Place To Be" on Bear Path Records April 1, 2020 to enthusiastic reviews, in spite of the cancelation of live performances throughout most of the U.S. Live stream performances continue on "The Reverent Few" Facebook page and other social media outlets.

    Post-concert videos will be posted on our YouTube channel in our "Year of the Guitar" playlist!

    Sponsored by Visionary Society.

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  • Wildlife + Nature Photography Contest

    (General - Friday, June 5, 2020)

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    Would you like your artwork displayed by the Peoria Riverfront Museum? Here is your chance!

    To enter, photograph wildlife and nature with your camera of choice. Only entries that are submitted digitally and 8''x10' or smaller will be accepted. One or more members of the Peoria Riverfront Museum’s curatorial staff will serve as the contest’s judge.

    For more information - click here.

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  • Summer Camp at the Museum

    (General - From Monday, June 8, 2020 until Friday, August 7, 2020)

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    Summer Camp at the Museum | Canceled

    Every year, the Peoria Riverfront Museum aims to offer a fun-filled, impactful program for our summer camp family. Our top priority is always the safety of the children, counselors and staff. In light of continued uncertainties caused by COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to cancel 2020 summer camp sessions that were to be held in June, July and August. While the welfare of the community was at the forefront of this conclusion, we deeply regret the disappointment this announcement brings to our campers who look forward to this annual escape. Please know that we are exploring “at home” camp opportunities that will allow us to remotely connect. We will continue to communicate updates on this effort. In the meantime, check out the virtual Peoria Riverfront Museum and all of its online programs and content.

    Thank you for your support.

    If you have questions or would like information on a refund for your registration, please contact Heather, Program Manager at hplacko@peoriariverfrontmuseum.org.

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  • Music Mondays Facebook LIVE SESSIONS | Black Velvet

    (General - Monday, June 8, 2020)

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    Music Mondays | Year of the Guitar LIVE SESSIONS on Facebook

    Black Velvet LIVE

    June 8 | 5 pm

    Peoria Riverfront Museum's Facebook Page @riverfrontmuseum

    Join us for FREE Music Mondays | Year of the Guitar LIVE SESSIONS on Peoria Riverfront Museum's Facebook page, as Central Illinoisans and accomplished guitar musicians bring live concerts to your living room!

    BLACK VELVET

    When a New York-born sound designer and Jeff Beck tribute artist paired up with a local singer/songwriter with untapped potential, they never imagined that their one time collaboration as buskers for a local street festival would ignite the spark of Central Illinois' premiere acoustic duo, Black Velvet. Armed with unique melody lines and a foot-tapping beat, Black Velvet breathes new life into familiar hits from artists such as The Police, Hendrix, The Beatles, Fiona Apple, The Rolling Stones, and more of your favorite songs you can't help but to sing along to. The undeniable chemistry of this husband-and-wife team captivates the audience and pulls them along for a relaxing but entertaining night.

    Post-concert videos will be posted on our YouTube channel in our "Year of the Guitar" playlist!

    Sponsored by Visionary Society.

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  • Virtual Art Club via Zoom | Featuring artist, Joe McGuire

    (General - Tuesday, June 9, 2020)

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    Virtual Art Club via Zoom

    Featuring artist, Joe McGuire

    Tue, Jun 9 | 1 pm

    Join us for our inaugural virtual Art Club! Art Club is a monthly meeting of people who love art. Each month we hear about a different artist or topic. We encourage artists to come talk about their own work, a style they love, or another artist they admire. Enjoy a casual discussion with PowerPoint slides. Participants are encouraged, though not required, to ask questions and discuss pieces of art presented.

    This month, artist Joe McGuire will be presenting her own work while you enjoy coffee and treats at your home.

    Join in the ZOOM Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3212107164
    Meeting ID: 321 210 7164

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  • HP Newquist | Guitar Gallery Live Sessions

    (General - From Wednesday, June 10, 2020 until Wednesday, June 24, 2020)

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    HP Newquist | Guitar Gallery Live Sessions

    Join internationally acclaimed guitarist and award-winning author HP Newquist, Executive Director, the National Guitar Museum, and creator of the "GUITAR: The Exhibition That Rocked the World" exhibition for this special three-part series of live guitar talks and performances via Peoria Riverfront Museum.

    Wed, June 10, 17 & 24 | 6 pm

    Peoria Riverfront Museum's Facebook page @riverfrontmuseum

    June 10 | HP Newquist's Story & Guitar Collection

    June 17 | Invention & Importance of the Acoustic Guitar 

    June 24 | Invention of the Electric Guitar

    Thank you to our HP Newquist | Guitar Live Sessions sponsors Illinois MutualPNC and the National Guitar Museum.

    HP Newquist

    Award-winning author, documentary director, broadcast producer, and former Editor-in-Chief of GUITAR Magazine, HP Newquist oversees the development of the National Guitar Museum (NGM) and serves as its chief curator and executive director. His unique background and experience have led to the creation of an innovative museum and the successful exhibition, "GUITAR: The Exhibition That Rocked the World," that is engaging, entertaining, and educational. During the course of his career, Newquist has worked with hundreds of guitarists, written more than twenty books that have been translated into dozens of languages, and worked on making advanced technology an everyday reality. His newest book, BEHEMOTH, is now available.

    The National Guitar Museum

    The National Guitar Museum was founded by HP Newquist, who serves as its executive director. The NGM's board of advisors includes notable guitarists Tony Iommi, Steve Howe, Steve Vai, Ritchie Blackmore, Liona Boyd and Joe Bonamassa. Johnny Winter served on the board prior to his passing. Curators include guitar industry veterans Rich Maloof and Pete Prown.

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  • Music Mondays | Preston Jackson LIVE Sessions

    (General - From Monday, June 22, 2020 until Monday, June 29, 2020 - and Mondays only)

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    Music Mondays | Preston Jackson LIVE Sessions

    Mon, June 22 & 29 | 5 pm

    Live on Peoria Riverfront Museum's Facebook page @riverfrontmuseum

    Join us as we host world renowned sculptor and legendary jazz guitarist Preston Jackson. The Central Illinois native, who works from his studio in Peoria, is a member of the Peoria Riverfront Museum President’s Advisory Council. His seminal work, “Bronzeville to Harlem: An American Story” will be installed in the museum’s The Street gallery this summer.

    Check out Preston Jackson's Bronzeville to Harlem | An American Story coming soon to Peoria Riverfront Museum!

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