Events

  • Be the Astronaut Opens

    (Exhibit - From Saturday, June 18, 2016 until Sunday, September 11, 2016)

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    Be the Astronaut Exhibition

    June 18 through September 11

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    DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO BE AN ASTRONAUT? 

    Lead missions into deep space! Drive a planetary rover using NASA data! interface with giant robots!

    Download the Summer of Space poster! (Click here for pdf.)

    Be the Astronaut is a world-class exhibit experience for all ages that teaches STEM-based content via a fusion of physical exhibitry, state-of-the-art video game technology and simulators, and actual NASA reconnaissance data. 

    Scientifically verified by experts at NASA for accuracy and feasibility, the exhibit teaches visitors about the concepts, challenges, and excitement of spaceflight, through the use of touch-screen stations, artifacts, and interactive simulator pods built to look like space capsules. 

    Visitors will have their own crew of virtual content experts throughout every stage of the exhibit. These digital characters will help visitors learn what’s needed to fly a spaceship, pilot a lander, and drive a surface rover — and will be there as visitors climb into the simulators to perform these feats, in a thrilling narrative adventure that spans the solar system.

    In each space capsule, a massive 70-in. monitor serves as the ‘windshield,’ giving visitors a first-person view of their adventures. Touchscreens and a industrial-quality joysticks put visitors in command. During missions, the entire cockpit comes alive with animated lighting effects, game visuals, and sounds that make visitors believe they ARE astronauts.

    Visitors each receive a magnetic swipe ID card that they can use to track their progress through the exhibition’s missions. Each card can be used over multiple visits, so that visitors can continue where they left off on a previous adventure.

    Also on display inside the exhibition are a 3-D printer – space missions use them to print tools as needed, vintage space toys, and a collection of authentic space suits and artifacts from NASA missions and US Apollo and USSR space programs.

    Special companion robots will move about the hall and interact with visitors.

    A “Summer of Space” programming at the museum accompanies the exhibit.

    Learn more about the exhibit - click here

    See the video - click here.

    For more information call 309.686.7000.

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  • Visit Riverfront Museum PokéStops - Get $5 Off 'Be the Astronaut'!

    (General - From Thursday, July 14, 2016 until Sunday, September 11, 2016)

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    Riverfront Museum is infested with Pokémon! 

    Screen capture one for $5 off "Be The Astronaut" admission! Plus we'll be dropping lures at all 6 Museum PokéStops !

    All Pokémon Trainers are invited to head down to Riverfront Museum and take advantage of the SIX PokéStops on the Museum campus.

    Take a screenshot of any Pokémon next to one of the stops and bring it to the front desk to get $5 off* your admission to the "Be the Astronaut" exhibit - and continue your gaming fun with deep space NASA style simulations. 

    PLUS: keep an eye on our Facebook page as we will be dropping lures on all 6 stops to attract tons of Pokémon to our location! With our proximity to the river, you can stock up on all the Magikarp you need to get that Gyrados!

    *Limit one screenshot redemption per visitor. Good through Sept. 11.

    DID YOU KNOW? Pokémon inventor Satoshi Tajiri got his inspiration for the game from his hobby of collecting insects as a boy. Riverfront Museum also has an insect collection, part of which we feature in our Natural History Collections display cases near the planetarium.

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  • Makers in Motion Workshop - FULL!

    (General - From Tuesday, July 26, 2016 until Wednesday, July 27, 2016)

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    Makers in Motion Workshop - FULL!

    July 26 & 27
    8:30 am-4:30 pm each day

    Participants at the 2-day Makers in Motion Workshop will have fun learning about aerospace and drone technology. The youth will also get to experience the Be the Astronaut exhibit and planetarium at the museum. Plans also include a paper airplane competition. Using a silhouette cutter, youth will add their own designs to their planes before flying them with a smartphone!

    For students entering 7th & 8th grade.

    $50 per participant

    Register online now - click here. - This camp is full!

    Partners include Peoria Riverfront Museum and University of Illinois Extension, Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit. For more information, contact: University of Illinois Extension, Fulton-Mason-Peoria-Tazewell Unit, Peoria County Branch Office: 309-685-3140.

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  • Live Call to the International Space Station (ISS) - FREE EVENT!

    (General - Wednesday, July 27, 2016)

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    Live Call to the International Space Station (ISS)!

    Wed, July 27  |   2:15 (doors open)

    Free & Open to the Public!

    Giant Screen Theater

    Peoria Riverfront Museum will be calling the International Space Station (ISS) live via telebridge - a phone call transmitted by radio signal to the ISS. We’ll be speaking with the ISS Commander, NASA Astronaut Col. Jeffrey (Jeff) N. Williams, a Wisconsin native.
    The event, made possible by US ARISS (Amateur Radio on the International Space Station), is hosted by Riverfront Museum, Peoria-Area Amateur Radio Club and University of Illinois Extension 4-H club.

    The event is free and open to the public. No tickets are required. Seating is first come, first served.

    If you cannot attend in person, never fear! The call will be broadcast live on Facebook and on Google Hangouts. The video from the Google Hangout will be embedded on this page.

    Timeline:

    • 2:15  Doors open (Giant Screen Theater)
    • 2:21  Introduction
    • 2:26  Short presentation on the current ISS crew & research
    • 2:59-3:09  Call from Astronaut Col. Jeff Williams
    • 3:10  Post-call Q&A with Dome Planetarium staff

    About the ISS Call
    The International Space Station live event began as an educational proposal to be part of the US ARISS program which allows students to speak directly with ISS crew members. Peoria Riverfront Museum worked with the Peoria-Area Amateur Radio Club and the University of Illinois Extension 4-H club to submit a proposal that was one of only 17 chosen worldwide to participate this summer!

    Due to the ISS call - Special Planetarium Schedule July 27: 

    • 11:30 am - One World, One Sky with Big Bird and Elmo
    • 12:30 pm - Extreme Planets
    • 1:15 pm - Stars Over Peoria 
    • 3:30 pm - Uniview: Living in Space
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  • Scouting at the Museum: Sky is the Limit!

    (General - Saturday, July 30, 2016)

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    Scouting at the Museum: Sky is the Limit!

    Sat, Jul 30th | Noon - 3 pm

    Dome Planetarium

    This workshop is intended to help Tiger Cub Scouts learn astronomy and earn their Sky is the Limit belt loop. The workshop will fulfill requirements 3-8 and prepare the Scouts for requirements for their night hike (requirements 1 & 2).

    The workshop includes a planetarium show, a lesson on constellations and the science behind the stars, and hands-on time for Scouts to make their own planisphere (star-chart) and practice with them. They will also observe the daytime moon through a telescope (weather permitting).

    The workshop also includes admission to the museum so that Scouts and chaperones can explore the Be the Astronaut exhibit in the afternoon. While the event is intended for Tiger scouts to earn their Sky is the Limit belt loop, it is open to Scouts and family members of all ages.

    There will be a snack break. Please bring a lunch or money for the concession stand.

    $20 per Scout. By tickets online now - click here.
    Group rates are available for groups of 5 and more and include 1 chaperone per 5 Scouts.
    Tickets and more info also available at the museum or by phone: 309.868.7000.

  • Space Blast Pre-K Drop-in Workshop | Jul 30

    (General - Saturday, July 30, 2016)

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    Space Blast Pre-K Drop-in Workshop

    Sat, Jul 30 | 11-11:30 am

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    Space Blast! is a drop-in style workshop where children ages 3-5 years old can participate in cool space science. Activities will be different each workshop. This event is free with general admission.

    Ages 3-5

    Free for members and with general admission.

    Upcoming Dates:
    Sat, Aug 13 | 11-11:30 am

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  • Docent Led Gallery Walk | Jul 31

    (Exhibit - Sunday, July 31, 2016)

    Docent Led Gallery Walk

    Sun, Jul 31 | 2 pm

    Folk Art Gallery

    Join a knowledgeable Museum docent on an exhibition tour of Changing Perspectives: The Landscapes of Harold Gregor located in the Folk Art Gallery.

    For the full schedule of docent led gallery tours - click here

    Free tour with general admission.

  • Drop-in Drawing | Jul 31

    (Exhibit - Sunday, July 31, 2016)

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    Drop-in Drawing

    Sun, Jul 31 | 12-5 pm

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    New Program! Supplies provided with ID (or bring your own)!

    Escape the chaos of life and relax while sketching in the Museum's galleries. Learn the way the masters did and draw inspiration from original works of art while giving yourself a much needed break. Stay for thirty minutes or three hours, sketching a piece or two to take home with you.

    Check out supplies at the front desk (folding stool, sketching paper, a clipboard, and a pencil) - or bring your own sketchbook and pencils. (There is no cost to borrow supplies, but we ask that you leave a driver's license, library card, or similar as a security deposit.)

    All ages welcome (ages 16 and under require an adult in attendance). Free for members and with general admission.
    Pencils only in the galleries, please!

    To see upcoming dates - click here.

    For more information call 309.686.7000

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  • Relax Under the Stars | FREE Noon Event!

    (Planetarium - Wednesday, August 3, 2016)

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    Relax Under the Stars  |  FREE Noon Event!

    Wed, Aug 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, 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: Sept 7, Oct 5, Nov 2

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

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  • Cosmic Cocktails: A Party in Space

    (Planetarium - Friday, August 5, 2016)

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    Cosmic Cocktails: A Party in Space

    Fri, Aug 5 | 7-9 pm

    Grab a friend, practice your moon walk, and get ready for an out-of-this-world party! Start the night off right with a self-guided tour of Be the Astronaut, where you can immerse yourself in a virtual mission and see if you’ve got what it takes to explore the stars. In the lobby, you’ll be treated to two complimentary cocktails and light snacks, and interactive science stations, all while you enjoy live music by Suit and Tie Guy. Finally, head to the DOME Planetarium where we’ll use our remarkable Uniview software to take you on an exclusive tour of where humans are living and working in space right now and into the future.

    $30 Members | $33 Public

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

    All materials included. Must be 21 and older.

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  • Solar System Size & Scale Workshop

    (General - Saturday, August 6, 2016)

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    Solar System Size & Scale!

    Sat, Aug 6 | 1:30-2:30 pm

    River Classroom

    How far are we from our nearest neighbors in space? How long would it take to travel to the edge of our Solar System? Just how big is the sun? Get the answers to these questions and many more in this unique workshop that helps put the size and scale of our universe into perspective! Pre-registration is required. Renae Kerrigan: Planetarium Curator, BS

    Ages 8-12

    $10 Members | $12 Public

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

    All materials included. 

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  • Docent Led Gallery Walk | Aug 6

    (Exhibit - Saturday, August 6, 2016)

    Docent Led Gallery Walk

    Sat, Aug 6 | 2 pm

    Folk Art Gallery

    Join a knowledgeable Museum docent on an exhibition tour of Changing Perspectives: The Landscapes of Harold Gregor located in the Folk Art Gallery.

    For the full schedule of docent led gallery tours - click here.

    Free tour with general admission.

  • Docent Led Gallery Walk | Aug 7

    (Exhibit - Sunday, August 7, 2016)

    Docent Led Gallery Walk

    Sun, Aug 7 | 2 pm

    Folk Art Gallery

    Join a knowledgeable Museum docent on an exhibition tour of Changing Perspectives: The Landscapes of Harold Gregor located in the Folk Art Gallery.

    For the full schedule of docent led gallery tours - click here.

    Free tour with general admission.

  • Laser Light Night | Zeppelin & Laseropolis

    (Planetarium - Saturday, August 13, 2016)

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    LASER LIGHT NIGHTS: ZEPPELIN & LASEROPOLIS

    Sat, Aug 13
    6 pm - Laser Zeppelin
    7 pm - Laseropolis (mix of music from 70s-2000s)

    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.)

    Members: $5 one show, $8 both shows | Public: $7 one show, $12 both shows (to get 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: 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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  • Space Blast Pre-K Drop-in Workshop | Aug 13

    (General - Saturday, August 13, 2016)

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    Space Blast Pre-K Drop-in Workshop

    Sat, Aug 13 | 11-11:30 am

    River Classroom

    Space Blast! is a drop-in style workshop where children ages 3-5 years old can participate in cool space science. Activities will be different each workshop. This event is free with general admission.

    Ages 3-5

    Free for members and with general admission.

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  • "Let it Glide!" NASA Engineering Design Challenge

    (General - Saturday, August 13, 2016)

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    "Let It Glide!" NASA Engineering Design Challenge

    Sat, Aug 13 | 11 am - 2 pm

    Illinois River Classroom

    Let it Glide! Is a one day workshop where students will take part in NASA's Engineering Design Challenge and learn about the physics of flight in the process. There will be a snack break in which students are able to eat a sack lunch or purchase food from the concession stand.

    Learn more about NASA's Engineering Design Challenge: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ium3IS41Xqc

    Ages 9-13

    $25 per person

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

    All materials included.

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  • Docent Led Gallery Walk | Aug 13

    (Exhibit - Saturday, August 13, 2016)

    Docent Led Gallery Walk

    Sat, Aug 13 | 2 pm

    Folk Art Gallery

    Join a knowledgeable Museum docent on an exhibition tour of Changing Perspectives: The Landscapes of Harold Gregor located in the Folk Art Gallery.

    For the full schedule of docent led gallery tours - click here.

    Free tour with general admission.

  • Gallery Walk with Harold Gregor

    (Exhibit - Sunday, August 14, 2016)

    Gallery Walk with Harold Gregor

    Sun, Aug 14 | 2 pm

    Folk Art Gallery

    Join artist Harold Gregor in a special tour of his current exhibition, Changing Perspectives: The Landscapes of Harold Gregor located in the Folk Art Gallery.

    For the full schedule of docent led gallery tours - click here.

    Free tour with general admission.

  • Wine & Cheese Under the Stars | Mackinaw Valley Vineyard

    (Planetarium - Friday, August 19, 2016)

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    Wine & Cheese Under the Stars

    Featuring Mackinaw Valley Vineyard

    Fri, Aug 19  |  7-9 pm

    Dome Planetarium

    Featuring wines from Mackinaw Valley Vineyard in Mackinaw, Illinois. Wine & Cheese Under the Stars lets you relax with a variety of local wines under a spectacular full-dome 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. Wine & Cheese Under the Stars lets you relax with a variety of local wines under a full-dome spectacular night sky. Guests will receive up to three glasses of wine or sparkling juice, and a variety of cheese & crackers with paid admission.

    $25 members | $30 public

    Buy tickets online now - click here.
    Limited seating, advance registration requested. Register in person at the information desk or by phone: 309-686-7000

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  • Super Saturday: Infrared Light!

    (General - Saturday, August 20, 2016)

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    Super Saturday: Infrared Light!

    Sat, Aug 20 | 1:30-2:30 pm

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    Join knowledgeable Museum staff and volunteers as we explore the science behind infrared light!

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

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  • Party on the Plaza - with the Brazillionaires!

    (General - Saturday, August 20, 2016)

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    Party on the Plaza  -  Featuring the Brazillionaires!

    Aug 20  |  6-10 pm

    Sun Plaza

    Join us for our 2nd annual Peoria Riverfront Museum Party on the Plaza. This year the Brazillionaires are back, along with a tasty Brazilian buffet by Barrack's Cater Inn and a cash bar.

    Tickets: $30 in advance  |  $35 at the door

    Tickets available online soon!

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  • Cabernet & Clay | Hand Built Ceramics

    (General - Saturday, August 20, 2016)

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    Cabernet & Clay | Hand Built Ceramics

    Sat, Aug 20  |  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 | $33 public

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

    Ages 21 and over only. All materials are included. This program is conditional upon minimum participation. If you are interested in scheduling a private Cabernet & Clay for a special occasion or for your organization, contact Taylor at 309.863.3034.

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  • Art-spiration: Ice Cream Paint!

    (General - Saturday, August 27, 2016)

    Art-spiration: Ice Cream Paint!

    Sat, Aug 27 | 1:30-2:30 pm

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

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

  • Bubble Blast! Aug 27

    (General - Saturday, August 27, 2016)

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    Bubble Blast! 

    Sat, Aug 27 | 11-11:30 am

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

    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.

    A $2 donation per child is encouraged.

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

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  • National Parks Adventure 3D Premiere

    (Theater - Saturday, August 27, 2016)

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    Sat, Aug 27
    11 am | 1:30 pm | 4 pm

    Narrated by Academy Award® winner Robert Redford, National Parks Adventure takes audiences on the ultimate off-trail adventure into the nation’s awe-inspiring great outdoors and untamed wilderness. Immersive IMAX® 3D cinematography takes viewers soaring over red rock canyons, hurtling up craggy mountain peaks and into other-worldly realms found within America’s most legendary outdoor playgrounds, including Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, Yosemite, the Everglades and Arches. Celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the national parks with world-class mountaineer Conrad Anker, adventure photographer Max Lowe and artist Rachel Pohl as they hike, climb and explore their way across America’s majestic parks in an action-packed expedition that will inspire the adventurer in us all.

    Adult $7.50 | Child $5.50 | Senior $6.50 | Members $5

    Buy tickets online now - click here.

    Tickets & more info also available at the Museum or by phone: 309.686.7000.

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  • Meteorites: Touch Another World | Free Lecture with Brian Poelker

    (General - Sunday, August 28, 2016)

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    FREE LECTURE!

    "Meteorites: Touch Another World"

    Featuring Science Educator & Meteorite Expert, Brian Poelker

    Sun, Aug 28  |  2 pm

    Auditorium

    Join us as we learn how to tell meteorites from "meteorwrongs"! We will explore the types and characteristics of meteorites displayed in conjunction with the Be the Astronaut exhibit. Pieces of the asteroid belt will be on hand to hold. 

    Featured speaker: Brian Poelker, Science Methods Eastern Illinois University Retired Distinguished Colleague Illinois Science Teachers Association.

    Note: See Brian Poelker's amazing collection of meteorites on display in our natural history case near the Dome Planetarium.

    Free & Open to the Public!

    For more information call 309.686.7000. 

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