Events

  • "Da Vinci – The Genius" featuring the world's exclusive "Secrets of Mona Lisa"

    (Exhibit - From Saturday, November 23, 2019 until Sunday, March 22, 2020)

    Da Vinci

    Da Vinci – The Genius featuring the world's exclusive Secrets of Mona Lisa 

    The world's most comprehensive exhibition on Leonardo da Vinci, featuring the world’s exclusive Secrets of Mona Lisa!

    Sat, Nov 23, 2019 - Sun, Mar 22, 2020

    Da Vinci – The Genius is the most comprehensive exhibition on Leonardo da Vinci to tour the world. Created with the assistance of the Museo Leonardo da Vinci, Rome, and a number of experts in Italy and France, the exhibition brings to life the genius of Leonardo as an inventor, artist, scientist, anatomist, engineer, architect, sculptor and philosopher.

    Working from da Vinci's codices (bound collections of his work), Italian artisans have faithfully crafted interactive and life-size machine inventions. These works include the first concepts of a car, bicycle, helicopter, glider, parachute, SCUBA, submarine, a forerunner to the modern military tank and an ideal city.

    The exhibit also moves far beyond machine inventions alone, featuring facsimiles of da Vinci’s most famous codices, anatomical studies, the Battle of Anghiari drawings and displays of his renaissance art in actual size

    Da Vinci – The Genius also includes the world’s exclusive Secrets of Mona Lisa exhibition – an analysis of the world’s most famous painting, conducted at the Louvre Museum by the renowned scientific engineer, examiner and photographer of fine art, Pascal Cotte.

    Suitable for all ages, this amazing exhibition provides a fascinating insight into not only the mind of a genius, but also into the fundamental scientific and artistic principles that he discovered. Da Vinci – The Genius is an inspiration for the whole family.

    Da Vinci – The Genius and The Secrets of Mona Lisa were created by Grande Exhibitions and Pascal Cotte.

    The Peoria Riverfront Museum gratefully acknowledges our exhibition sponsors, Bielfeldt Foundation, PNC, Illinois Mutual, Dr. Allan & Marlene Campbell, Ruby K. Worner Charitable Trust, Oak River Foundation and the Illinois Arts Council.

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  • Return to Hogwarts | Dinner & A Movie

    (Theater - From Friday, February 21, 2020 until Sunday, February 23, 2020)

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    Return to Hogwarts: Dinner & A Movie

    Fri, Feb 21 | 6 pm - click here for tickets. 

    Sat, Feb 22 | 6 pm - click here for tickets. 

    Sun, Feb 23 | 6 pm - click here for tickets. 

    Grand Lobby, Giant Screen Theater

    Did you get our owl? Come one, come all to be sorted into your houses in the Grand Lobby at the Riverfront Museum! Return home to the magic of Hogwarts where you’ll enjoy a catered dinner, butter beer straight from the Three Broomsticks, and a screening of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” in the Giant Screen Theater.

    $60 Member | $75 Public

    For more information - click here

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  • Into America's Wild 3D | Member Preview

    (Theater - Friday, February 28, 2020)

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    Into America's Wild 3D

    The Search for the Hidden Wonders of Nature

    Narrated by Morgan Freeman

    Member Preview: Fri, Feb 28, 6 pm

    Public Premiere: Sat, Feb 29

    From the Academy Award®-nominated producers of the acclaimed hit film "National Parks Adventure" comes "Into America’s Wild" 3D, an unforgettable cross-country adventure into the hidden wonders of the natural world. A non-stop ride via kayak, bike, train, hot air balloon, zipline, kiteboard, hiking boots and more, "Into America’s Wild" visits some of the most beautiful but untamed landscapes of America, from the lush coastline of Oregon and the wilds of Alaska to the ancient canyons of the Southwest and the rolling hills of the Appalachian Trail. Setting out on this journey are three trailblazers – astronaut John Herrington, Alaskan bush pilot and youth advocate Ariel Tweto, and long-distance hiker Jennifer Pharr Davis – who share a passion for connecting people to experiences in the wild. As they wind their way through the scenic byways, ancient homelands, secret gems and hidden trails that form the natural tapestry of America, viewers will discover the special human connection we all share with nature.

    A MacGillivray Freeman Film produced in association with Brand USA.

    Sponsored locally by UnityPoint Health, OSF HealthCare, Visionary Society.

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  • Into America's Wild 3D | Public Premiere

    (Theater - Saturday, February 29, 2020)

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    Into America's Wild 3D

    The Search for the Hidden Wonders of Nature

    Narrated by Morgan Freeman

    Public Premiere: Sat, Feb 29

    From the Academy Award®-nominated producers of the acclaimed hit film "National Parks Adventure" comes "Into America’s Wild" 3D, an unforgettable cross-country adventure into the hidden wonders of the natural world. A non-stop ride via kayak, bike, train, hot air balloon, zipline, kiteboard, hiking boots and more, "Into America’s Wild" visits some of the most beautiful but untamed landscapes of America, from the lush coastline of Oregon and the wilds of Alaska to the ancient canyons of the Southwest and the rolling hills of the Appalachian Trail. Setting out on this journey are three trailblazers – astronaut John Herrington, Alaskan bush pilot and youth advocate Ariel Tweto, and long-distance hiker Jennifer Pharr Davis – who share a passion for connecting people to experiences in the wild. As they wind their way through the scenic byways, ancient homelands, secret gems and hidden trails that form the natural tapestry of America, viewers will discover the special human connection we all share with nature.

    A MacGillivray Freeman Film produced in association with Brand USA.

    Sponsored locally by UnityPoint Health, OSF HealthCare, Visionary Society.

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  • Cabernet & Clay | Wheel Throwing, Feb

    (General - Saturday, February 29, 2020)

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    Cabernet & Clay | Wheel Throwing

    Sat, Feb 29 | 6:30-9 pm

    Studio 1

    Sit back, relax, and enjoy the simple pleasure of making something with your own two hands. A local artist will lead you in popular ceramic techniques, including wheel throwing or hand-building, and glazing. Once you’ve created something new, we’ll fire and glaze it for you!

    Ages 21+

    All events will include a variety of wine and light snacks, and finished pieces will be ready for pickup within 10 business days. Wine, treats, & all materials included in ticket price.

    $40 Members | $50 Public

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

    To schedule a private workshop or Wine & Art Night or Cabernet & Clay session, call 309.863.3046. All supplies provided for workshops unless otherwise noted. All paid workshops require a minimum number of participants to run or will be canceled two business days prior to the start date. Preregistration required.

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  • Relax Under the Stars | March

    (Planetarium - Wednesday, March 4, 2020)

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    Relax Under the Stars  |  FREE Noon Event!

    Wed, Mar 4 | Noon-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.

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

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  • Free Lecture! Green Chemistry: The Missing Elements

    (General - Thursday, March 5, 2020)

    Program Green Chemistry Lecture

    Free Lecture! Green Chemistry: The Missing Elements
    Featuring John Warner, the Father of Green Chemistry

    Co-Sponsored by the Illinois Heartland American Chemical Society

    Thu, Mar 5 | 7-8 pm

    Giant Screen Theater

    Imagine a world where all segments of society demanded environmentally benign, climate-neutral products! Imagine if all consumers, all retailers, and all manufacturers insisted on buying and selling only non-toxic, truly sustainable materials! The unfortunate reality is that, even if this situation were to occur, our knowledge of materials science and chemistry would allow us to provide only a small fraction of the necessary products and materials that our economy is based upon. Unfortunately, the way we learn and teach chemistry and materials science in academia is, for the most part, void of any information regarding mechanisms of toxicity and environmental harm.

    Green Chemistry is a science that seeks to reduce or eliminate the use of hazardous materials at the design state of a materials process. It has been demonstrated that materials and products can be designed with negligible impact on human health and the environment while still being economically competitive and successful in the marketplace. This presentation will describe the history and background of Green Chemistry and discuss the opportunities for the next generation of materials designers to create a safer and more sustainable future.

    Free & Open to the Public

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

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  • Dinner with Da Vinci

    (Exhibit - Friday, March 6, 2020)

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    Dinner with Da Vinci

    Enjoy dinner and an interactive, spellbinding performance as Leonardo unfolds his life, times & mindset!

    Fri, March 6  | 5:30-8:30 pm

    Grand Lobby, Galleries

    For one night only – travel back to the Italian Renaissance at the Museum and experience an unforgettable evening featuring the one-and-only Leonardo da Vinci!

    Whether dangling from his block and tackle or staging his Last Supper painting, Leonardo draws his audience into his imagination, wit, and vision. By using slides, monologue and theatrics, demonstrations, and audience-participatory re-enactments, this living history performance depicts just how ahead of his time Da Vinci was. Both scientist and artist, Leonardo’s intense curiosity and his dogged pursuit of knowledge enabled him to create art with the discipline, tools, and skills of a mathematical scientist.

    Suitable for all ages, this interactive performance is fun for families; open seating.

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

    SCHEDULE

    5:30-6 pm - Doors Open, Gallery Time
    6-7 pm - Buffet Dinner + Dessert, Gallery Time
    7-8:30 pm - Da Vinci Performance

    ACTIVITIES

    MENU

    • Chef-carved Roast Beef with Horseradish Sauce
    • Breast of Chicken with Honey Dijon Sauce
    • Whipped Potatoes & Gravy
    • Colorful Vegetable Blend
    • Rolls & Butter
    • Tossed Salad with Tomatoes & Dressings
    • Veggie Pasta Salad
    • Lemonade, Iced Tea & Water on tables
    • Assorted Torte Cakes + Pies

    *For special dietary restrictions please call 309.863.3046 or email hplacko@peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

    COST

    Members: $50 Adult | $40 Child
    Public: $60 Adults | $50 Child

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

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  • Free Event! Peoria Made | A Panel Discussion + Film "General Magic"

    (General - Thursday, March 12, 2020)

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    Free Event! Peoria Made | A Panel Discussion + Film "General Magic"
    Co-Sponsored by Peoria Innovation Alliance

    Thu, Mar 12 | 5:30-8:30 pm

    Giant Screen Theater

    Everyone strives for their community to be driven from an innovative spirit. But innovation is not a switch one can turn on. It is deeply rooted in who you are, what drives you and your vision for the future. It is with that understanding, although maybe not obvious or well known to the ‘outside’ world, or in fact maybe not even recognized in our own backyard, that innovation sets Peoria apart.

    Peoria Made: A Discussion of Peoria’s Current & Future Innovation aims to provide a snapshot into some of the companies and individuals making a difference and changing the narrative within the region.

    Panel
    Jake Hamann, Peoria Innovation Alliance / Peoria Made
    Luke Haverhals, Natural Fiber Welding
    Christine Deehring, Bump Boxes
    Christell Frausto, Mezcal & Miel Company

    Free & Open to the Public

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

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  • Laser Light Night | Prince, Michael Jackson, Floyd

    (Planetarium - Saturday, March 14, 2020)

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    Laser Light Night | Prince, Michael Jackson, Floyd

    Sat, Mar 14

    6 pm | Laser Prince
    7 pm | Laser Michael Jackson
    8 pm | Laser Floyd: The Wall

    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.)

    $5 Members | $7 Public
    *Multi-show discount available: $2 off for 2 shows & $3 off for three shows per patron.

    (For combo price tickets call 309.686.7000 or visit the ticket desk in person)

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

    To view the full Laser Light Nights Schedule - click here

    For more information or questions calling 309.686.7000

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  • Cabernet & Clay | Wheel Thrown Pottery, Mar

    (General - Saturday, March 14, 2020)

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    Cabernet & Clay | Wheel Throwing

    Sat, Mar 14 | 6:30-9 pm

    Studio 1

    Sit back, relax, and enjoy the simple pleasure of making something with your own two hands. A local artist will lead you in popular ceramic techniques, including wheel throwing or hand-building, and glazing. Once you’ve created something new, we’ll fire and glaze it for you!

    Ages 21+

    All events will include a variety of wine and light snacks, and finished pieces will be ready for pickup within 10 business days. Wine, treats, & all materials included in ticket price.

    $40 Members | $50 Public

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

    To schedule a private workshop or Wine & Art Night or Cabernet & Clay session, call 309.863.3046. All supplies provided for workshops unless otherwise noted. All paid workshops require a minimum number of participants to run or will be canceled two business days prior to the start date. Preregistration required.

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  • Breakfast with the CEO

    (Associate and Visionary Society Member Event - Friday, March 20, 2020)

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    Breakfast with the CEO - Associate and Visionary Society Member Exclusive Event

    President & CEO John D. Morris invites Associate and Visionary Society Members to join him for breakfast and a docent-led tour as we goodbye to Da Vinci The Genius and Secrets of Mona Lisa

    Associate and Visionary Society Members receive 2 complimentary tickets. Additional guests are $10.00 each

    Seating is Limited! RSVP by March 15 to Matt Drat, Membership Coordinator, at mdrat@peoriariverfrontmuseum.org or 309-863-3042

    Not an Associate or Visionary Society Member? Contact us at development@peoriariverfrontmuseum.org to learn more about how you can upgrade your membership, attend this event, and receive even more Membership benefits!

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  • Yoga Under the Stars | Celebrate the Vernal Equinox

    (Planetarium - Friday, March 20, 2020)

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    Yoga Under the Stars | Celebrate the Vernal Equinox

    Fri, Mar 20 | 5:45 pm

    Dome Planetarium

    Enjoy a gentle yoga practice under the stars. This program will start with a star talk, explaining the vernal equinox and finding the spring constellations. Rachel Shepherd will then guide a gentle yoga practice under our star filled sky. Enjoy the healing benefits of a slower, more restorative paced yoga.

    Great for beginners, or those who prefer a meditative practice. Participants are asked to bring their own mats. Doors open at 5:30 pm.

    Rachel has a love for anatomy and helping her yoga students find the practice that is safe for them. Her training includes extensive experience in multiple disciplines and teaching styles. Rachel fuses these different techniques to create a flowing experience in her classes. Her love for learning and sharing her experience comes through in the cueing. With focus on "stability before mobility", she strives to help her students experience wellness and longevity in their bodies. Rachel's training began with Yoga Fit for her 500 ryt. Experience in multiple back workshops. She has taken classes with nationally known Yogis; Judith Lasaster, Tias Little, Terry Cockburn and Leslie Howard, and continued anatomical studies with Teresa Murphy.

    $20 Members | $25 Public

    Buy tickets online now - click here.

    All sessions are an hour and 15 minutes in length.

    Limited mats are available, please bring a mat and a light blanket. Doors open at 5:30 pm. 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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  • Wine & Cheese Under the Stars | Mars!

    (Planetarium - Saturday, March 21, 2020)

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    Wine & Cheese Under the Stars | Mars!

    Sat, Mar 21 | 7-9 pm

    Dome Planetarium

    Mars is the best explored planet in our Solar System other than Earth. Learn about the current exploration and latest discoveries from the red planet, and the exciting missions that are due to launch this year.

    Enjoy a variety of wines, and cheese & crackers under our spectacular night sky. Enjoy the latest news from space and take a real-time Uniview tour across the Universe with an astronomy expert as your guide. 

    Guests will 3 tokens, redeemable for up to 3 glasses of wine or soda, and a variety of cheese & crackers included in ticket price. Doors open at 6:50 pm. 

    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.

    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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  • Membership Swap Weekend

    (Exhibit - From Saturday, March 28, 2020 until Sunday, March 29, 2020)

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    Membership Swap Weekend 2020

    Sat, Mar 28 & Sun, Mar 29

    Are you a member of Peoria Zoo, Wildlife Prairie Park, Peoria Riverfront Museum, Peoria Historical Society or Peoria PlayHouse? Enjoy a weekend of free general admission* to all five of these Peoria-area attractions when you present your membership card and photo ID.

    For more information, visit our websites or Facebook pages. Remember, you must present your photo ID and Membership Cards. For replacement cards, please contact your facility by March 14th!

    FOR MEMBERSHIP INFO

    Peoria Historical Society | 309.674.1921
    Peoria PlayHouse | 309.323.6900
    Peoria Riverfront Museum | 309.686.7000
    Peoria Zoo | 309.686.3365
    Wildlife Prairie Park | 309.676.0998

    *Charges may apply for additional experience

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  • Interplanetary 5K Race | One Mile Fitness Walk | Kids Fun Run

    (General - Saturday, March 28, 2020)

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    Run the Planets!

    Interplanetary 5K Race + 1 Mile Fitness Walk & 1/2 Mile Kids Fun Run

    March 28, 2020 - Register Here!

    Register by March 10 to guarantee a shirt!

    • A family oriented race/walk for participants off all ages. 5K Race for all ages,  1 Mile Fitness Walk, 1/2 Mile Kids' Fun Run
    • Walk or run through portions of the Central Illinois Community Solar System, the world's most complete large scale model of the Solar System
    • Participants will follow the routes of interplanetary explorers through the Solar System, from the Sun - past Mercury, Venus, and Earth - to Mars and back along the Riverfront Trail
    • It's athletic, it's educational, it's fun... for the whole family!

    LOCATIONS

    Peoria Riverfront Museum (check-in & awards), Gateway Building (start & finish Line)

    Course: Entirely flat (no hills) along the Riverfront Trail (from Gateway Building to Detweiller Marina)

    TIMES

    Friday, March 27: packet pickup from 12 to 5:30 pm, Peoria Riverfront Museum

    Saturday, March 28:

    • 7:30-8:30 am: Race day registration; packet pickup
    • 9 am: 5K Race start
    • 9:05 am: 1 Mile Fitness Walk start
    • 9:30 am: Kids' 1/2 Mile Fun Run start
    • Refreshments after 5K race; awards after the Kids' Fun Run

    FEES

    • 5K Race (3.1 miles): $25 ($30 race day), without shirt: $20 ($25 race day) 
    • 1 Mile Fitness Walk: $20 ($25 race day), without shirt: $15 ($20 race day)
    • Kids' Fun Run: $15 (includes Terry the Tractor book), without shirt: $10
    • Family Fun Run pricing: after registering 2 children, additional Fun Run participants in the same family pay only $7 each (must register by mail or in person for special pricing)
    • Make checks payable to "Peoria Riverfront Museum"

    REGISTRATION 

    Register online here.

    Registration is also available in person at the museum's front desk, and by mailing in the 2020 form.

    IVS Grand Prix participants receive $5.00 discount on registration. Please email the IVS Grand Prix Administrator at bh26.2m@gmail.com, or visit the IVS website for more information.

    T-Shirt: All race participants pre-registered by March 5 have the option to receive a gender specific moisture-wicking technical T-shirt. Participants may also choose not to receive a shirt, for a discounted entry fee. Fun Run participants will receive a cotton T-shirt. Race T-shirts from past races will be available for purchase at packet pick up and on race day.

    AWARDS

    Awards to overall male and female winners, and top male and female 5K runners in each age division. Certificates for kids and fitness walkers. All kids will receive their choice of a Terry the Tractor book, signed by the author and race director, Mike Rucker. 

    DIVISIONS & RACE INFO

    5K divisions: overall male and female; 9 and under; 10-14; 15-19; 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70-74; 75 and up

    Inquires: please contact Renae Kerrigan at rkerrigan@peoriariverfrontmuseum.org or 309.863.3030.

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