• Witness to the Vision Exhibition Opening

    (Exhibit - Saturday, March 28, 2015)

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    Witness to the Vision: The Jacquin Collection of Outsider Art Exhibition

    Opens Sat Mar 28, 10 am

    Folk Art Gallery

    Much like beauty, art is in the eye of the beholder. Since the early 20th century, as modernist art movements shifted dramatically away from earlier cultural patterns, there has been an increasing interest in the primitive, child-like artistic creations known as “Outsider Art.” These are powerfully direct paintings, sculptures, and assemblages created by people with no formal art training or contact with the mainstream art world.

    Local art educator and artist Mary Lou “Pixie” Jacquin began collecting examples of outsider art 30 years ago as she pursued advanced degrees in art education. Jacquin developed personal relationships with the artists as she purchased works directly from them, strengthening the friendships with the artists she sees at annual art fairs.

    The Jacquin Collection includes works by prominent and widely respected early artists such as Mose Tolliver, Harold Finster, and RA Miller; there are many works by younger and emerging artists such as Matt Sesow and Eric Legge. While most of the artists reside in the American southeast, Greg Warmack “Mr. Imagination,” John Reno, and Legge were born in Illinois.

    The artworks are highly personal visions of life, created from materials found close at hand. Plywood, cabinet doors, TV trays and roofing tin serve in place of canvas for paintings; heated 5-gallon plastic buckets shaped into heads and painted can be stacked as a totem pole; buttons, keys, coins and bottle caps can embellish a surface. The possibilities are as varied as the people who make the art and as the subject matter they choose.

    The diversity and imagination of these works will delight, surprise, and inspire us to discover new possibilities.

    This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.

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  • Silver Screen Saturdays: Gone with the Wind

    (General - From Saturday, March 28, 2015 until Sunday, March 29, 2015)

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    Gone with the Wind

    Saturday, March 28, 6 PM SOLD OUT!  |  Sunday, March 29, 1:30 PM

    See eight classic American films like you've never seen them before - remastered in digital high definition on the Giant Screen!

    Arrive at 5:30 pm prior to each film to hear guest speakers share their special knowledge on what it is that makes each of these films a true American classic.

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

    Buy your tickets online now, click here!



    March 28 | Gone with the Wind | 6 pm (additional showing Sun, Mar 29 at 1:30 pm)
    1939, MGM, based on the Pulitzer-winning novel by Margaret Mitchell, directed by Victor Fleming; starring Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Hattie McDaniel & Olivia de Havilland; winner of 8 Academy Awards
    Guest speaker: Prof. Craig Shurtleff (ICC, Humanities)

    April 4 | Casablanca | 6 pm
    1942, Warner Bros, directed by Michael Curtiz; starring Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains & Dooley Wilson; winner of 3 Academy Awards
    Guest speaker: Prof. Gary Hale (ICC, Communications)

    April 11 | It's a Wonderful Life | 6 pm
    1946, directed by Frank Capra; starring James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore & Henry Travers

    April 18 | Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb | 6 pm
    1964, directed by Stanley Kubrick; starring Peter Sellers (in 3 roles), George C. Scott, Sterling Hayden, Keenan Wynn, Slim Pickens & James Earl Jones
    Guest speaker: Kevin Kizer (Simantel Group Inc., senior writer & producer)

    April 25 | The Godfather | 6 pm
    1972, directed by Francis Ford Coppola; starring Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Diane Keaton, Robert Duvall & Richard Castellano; winner of 3 Academy Awards
    Guest speaker: Arnie Bernstein (author of Hollywood on Lake Michigan: 100 Years of Chicago & the Movies)

    Call 309.686.7000 for more information.

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  • Cool Chemistry Demonstrations

    (General - Saturday, March 28, 2015)

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    Cool Chemistry Demonstrations

    Sat, Mar 28, 1-2 pm

    Stand back, watch out, and enjoy chemistry in action! Bradley University Chemistry Club students provide activities and perform chemistry demonstrations in the museum lobby. Safe and fun for the whole family!

    Free to members and with regular paid admission.

    Call 309-686-7000 for more information.

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  • Zentangle®: Art from Doodles

    (General - Saturday, March 28, 2015)

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    Zentangle®: Art from Doodles
    Sat, Mar 28  |  1:30-3:30 p.m. 

    Zentangle® combines the art of meditation with the beauty of free-form drawing. No previous artistic ability is needed to create these unique patterns, called "tangles." Once practiced, this technique can be used to decorate and accentuate a variety of things, all while fostering a clear, focused, and relaxed mind. Come experience the newest art-craze to sweep the nation!  Instructor: Bonnie Cox, CZT

    Individuals & Families Welcome!
    $12 Members ($24 member family max)
    $14 Public ($28 public family max)

    Registration is encouraged but not required. Call 309-863-3034 for more information!

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  • Art-Spiration! Spring Kick-off!

    (General - Saturday, March 28, 2015)

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    Art-spiration Workshop: Spring Kick-off!

    March 28  |  2 PM

    Looking for a little 'art-spiration'? Stop by the lobby for a free family-friendly workshop that encourages teamwork, investigation, and imagination! Families welcome.

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

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  • Gallery Walk with Preston Jackson

    (General - Sunday, March 29, 2015)

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    Gallery Walk with Preston Jackson

    Sun, Mar 29, 2 pm
    International Feature Gallery

    Preston Jackson is a local artist with a national reputation. Peoria native Joel Ommen has been collecting works by Jackson for decades and has loaned some of his favorite pieces to the Museum for our 'Stuff! The Art of Collecting' exhibition.

    Ommen appreciates the way Jackson incorporates socially relevant themes into his work, including those which are particularly significant in today's culture - racism, sexism, and injustice.

    Although they were created two decades ago, the drawing and painting on display in Stuff! speak poignantly to the social concerns of today.

    Preston Jackson will share his personal motivations for and perspectives on his work, focusing on the pieces from Joel Ommen's collection.

    Free with gallery admission. Call (309) 863-3028 for more information. 

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  • Wine & Cheese Under the Stars

    (Planetarium - Friday, April 10, 2015)

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    Wine & Cheese Under the Stars

    Fri, Apr 10, 7-9 pm

    Try a variety of local wines while you experience the spectacular night sky. Enjoy the latest news from space and take a real-time Uniview tour across the Universe - with planetarium curator Renae Kerrigan as your guide.

    $25 members, $30 public

    Advance registration requested. Register in person at the information desk or by phone: 309-686-7000.

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  • Yuri's Day: A Celebration of Space Exploration

    (Planetarium - Sunday, April 12, 2015)

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    Yuri's Day: A Celebration of Space Exploration

    Lobby/Dome Planetarium 

    Sun April 12, 1:00-4:00 pm 

    Celebrate human space exploration with us on the worldwide celebrate of Yuri's day! On April 12, 1961, Yuri Gagarin became the first human to enter space. Celebrate this anniversary with fun activities about space exploration in the museum lobby and special planetarium shows. 

    Learn more about the celebration here:

    Free with general admission

    Contact Renae Kerrigan at 309-863-3030 for more information

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  • Stuffed! A Night of Gastronomic Proportions

    (General - Friday, April 24, 2015)

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    Stuffed! A Night of Gastronomic Proportions

    Friday, April 24  |  6-9 pm 

    Join us for a night of food, music and games! Get 'Stuffed!' with delicious food from 12 of Central Illinois' favorite restaurants, while enjoying music by Cousin Eddie. Vote for your favorite caterer to win the coveted People's Choice Award. There will be raffles, games and even magic, with the Peoria Magicians Assembly! Take part in our silent auction, where you can bid on a VIP package for our 4th of July Backyard BBQ for up to 20 guests ($600 value), a private dinner for 10 in our Dome Planetarium ($1500 value), a women's Maurice LaCroix two-tone watch donated by Udry Jewelers ($1000 value), and more! After the Museum’s festivities, the party will continue across the street at Martinis on Water.

    To purchase tickets call 309.863.3060 or click here.

    For more info call Shelly Kerker at 309.863.3060.


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  • Super Saturday: Plants!

    (General - Saturday, April 25, 2015)

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    Super Saturday: Plants!

    Sat, Apr 18  |  1-2 pm

    Free to members and with regular paid admission.

    Stop by and learn a little about the seedlings sprouting up in your yard! Investigate fruit and vegetable seeds under a microscope, examine how plants absorb water, observe the development of young plants, and make an easy plant diagram to remember all you learn!

    Call 309-686-7000 for more information.

  • Rosewater - directed by Jon Stewart

    (Theater - From Sunday, April 26, 2015 until Sunday, March 29, 2015)

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    Sun Apr 26  |  4-8 pm

    Giant Screen Theater

    In 2009, Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari was detained by Iranian forces allegedly for sending a video of Iranians protesting the government to the BBC. He was then imprisoned as a spy blindfolded and brutally interrogated for 118 days. The only recognizable feature about his interrogator was the smell of rosewater. An interview and parody that Maziar did with a journalist on The Daily show was used as evidence that Maziar was working with the US government and the CIA.

    Rosewater is based on the true story Then They Came for Me by Maziar Bahari, directed by Jon Stewart. The film is presented in partnership with Peoria Area World Affairs Council.

    Tickets: $10 adult | $9 senior or student | $8 child


    3:30 pm  |  Doors open

    4:00 pm  |  Welcome message from Maziar Bahari

    4:30 pm  |  "Rosewater," film directed by Jon Stewart

    6:15 pm  |  Break

    6:30 pm  |  "To Light a Candle," documentary by Maziar Bahari

    7:20 pm  |  Q & A with Maziar Bahari

    Tickets on sale soon!

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  • Space Out with Robert Rich

    (Planetarium - Friday, May 1, 2015)

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    Robert Rich in Concert

    Dome Planetarium

    Fri May 1, 8:00 pm

    Filaments Tour - Spring 2015 

    Since first conducting his legendary all-night “sleep concerts” at Stanford University in the early 1980s, ambient music composer Robert Rich has gone on to create a body of work more than 30 albums deep. He has composed television and film soundtracks. His work has influenced countless electronic musicians. He has played concerts all around the world.

    Rich is touring in part to support the release of his newest album, Filaments, an exploration into cosmology with interlocking cyclic patterns and vast sweeping panoramas. His music will be accompanied by immersive visuals on the Dome. 

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    Tickets: $12 in advance l $15 at the door

    Contact Renae Kerrigan at 309-863-3030 or for more information

    Purchase tickets in person at the front desk or by calling 309-676-7000. Seating is limited.

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  • I C Ceres - News from the Dawn Mission

    (Planetarium - Saturday, May 9, 2015)

    I C Ceres - News from the Dawn Mission

    Sat, May 9  |  1-5 pm

    Dome Planetarium

    Did you know that NASA has a space probe orbiting a dwarf planet? The Dawn mission is orbiting the dwarf planet Ceres, an icy round body in the asteroid belt. Learn breaking news from the mission and see high resolution images in live streaming lectures from project scientists at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. There will be activities in the museum lobby from 1-3 pm, and live streaming lectures in the Dome from ~3-5 pm.

    Free with general admission. Contact Renae Kerrigan at 309-863-3030 or for more information.

  • Pub Night Under the Stars

    (General - Friday, May 22, 2015)

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    Pub Night Under the Stars

    Dome Planetarium

    Fri. May 22, 7:00-9:00 pm

    Learn the latest news from Space while you enjoy local craft beer and soft pretzels under the stars! Planetarium Curator, Renae Kerrigan, will take you on a tour of the Universe using our remarkable Uniview software. Beer, soft pretzels, fixings, and bar snacks served.

    $25 Members l $30 Public

    Contact Renae Kerrigan at 309-863-3030 or for more information.

    Register in person at the Front Desk or by calling 309-676-7000. Preregistration required. Seating is limited. Walk-ins allowed as space permits. Must be 21 to attend.

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  • Free Day! Robo Rumble 2015

    (General - Saturday, June 27, 2015)

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    Robo Rumble 2015

    Jun 27, 12-5 pm

    Experience the exciting world of robotics as teams compete for the top ranking in this family-friendly annual event. These robots are ready for battle, are you ready to cheer them on? Free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by ATS (Advanced Technology Services).

  • Monarch Butterflies and Other Pollinators

    (General - Saturday, July 11, 2015)

    Monarch Butterflies and Other Pollinators - Family Day!

    Museum Lobby/Sun Plaza/River Classroom

    Sat. July 11, Noon-4 pm

    Monarch butterflies, bees, hummingbirds, oh my! Learn what you can do to help save the pollinators in this educational and fun Family Day. Local organizations will have living and preserved pollinators on display, teach about native plants, and much more. This event is co-sponsored by the Heart of Illinois Sierra Club.

    Activities are free. Regular admission applies to museum galleries.

    Contact Renae Kerrigan at 309-863-3030 or for more information.