Events

  • State of the Museum 2024

    (General - Tuesday, June 25, 2024)

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    STATE OF THE MUSEUM 2024

    Tuesday, June 25, 2024 | 4 p.m.

    In the Museum Lobby

    The state of the museum is strong! Join us at the Peoria Riverfront Museum  as we look back on a fantastic year, and look forward to another one, even better. 

    "State of the Museum" presentation led by Board Chair Todd Baker and President and CEO of the Peoria Riverfront Museum, John Morris. 

    Peoria Riverfront Museum
    The only multidisciplinary museum of its kind in the nation, the Peoria Riverfront Museum uses art, science, history and achievement to inspire confidence, lifelong learning, and talent. Since opening in 2012, the privately funded museum has provided more than one million experiences through major exhibitions, a permanent collection, interactive galleries, a dome planetarium, giant screen theater and educational programming including curricula-related student visits. The AAM-accredited, Smithsonian-affiliated private nonprofit museum is supported by more than 4,000 members and donors, and is housed in a county-owned LEED Gold-certified building on a campus overlooking the Illinois River.

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  • Wine & Cheese Under the Stars | Aurora, Solar Storms, and More

    (General - Saturday, June 29, 2024)

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    Wine and Cheese Under the Stars

    Aurora, Solar Storms, and More: Our Fantastic Sun

    Saturday, June 29 | 7-9 PM

    Dome Planetarium
    Our Sun is approaching a period of heightened activity, meaning there will be more solar storms, prominences, and aurora, like the ones that were visible in Central Illinois in May! Enjoy an evening out in the Dome Planetarium while learning about our fantastic star, and how its weather can affect us here on Earth.
    Your evening will also include a tour of the night sky, and a flight to the edge of space and back.
    Each guest receives an individual Canterbury Creations charcuterie box featuring cheeses, fruits, nuts & more; up to three servings of wine; and an entertaining evening under the stars.

    Doors open at 6:50 PM

    The program will be in two parts, allowing time to socialize and refill your wine glass between the shows.

    Ages 21+

    $45 members | $55 public

    Tickets can be purchased here.

    This program is presented by Sun Collectors with additional support from the Visionary Society and the Planetarium and Science Club.

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  • 4th of July Backyard BBQ 2024- SOLD OUT

    (General - Thursday, July 4, 2024)

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    4TH OF JULY BACKYARD BBQ - SOLD OUT

    Thursday, July 4 | 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.  |  All you can eat. The best seat in town.

    Perfect riverside viewing, indoors or outdoors, and plenty of family fun with access to Sharks , all exhibitions and galleries, the Dome Planetarium and the Giant Screen Theater!

    • Cracked Pepper all-you-can-eat buffet
    • Cash bar
    • Explore Sharks and all museum galleries
    • Enjoy Dome Planetarium laser shows every twenty minutes! 
    • See Giant Screen Theater immersive educational films on the largest Film Society screen in the nation!
    • Indoor facilities, climate controlled viewing
    • FREE water and lemonade
    • Purchase sweet treats from local vendors!
    • Reserved seating for Visionary Society members

    Planetarium Show Times:

    • Spirit of America Laser Show | 6:20 p.m., 6:40 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 7:20 p.m., 7:40 p.m., 8:00 p.m., 8:20 p.m., 8:40 p.m. FREE WITH TICKET!

    Don't wait in line! Pick up a free ticket to reserve your seat for one of these timed shows from an usher outside the Planetarium door.

    ALL EDUCATIONAL FILMS $5! 

    Film Schedule:

    • Cities of the Future | 6:30 p.m.
    • Great White Shark | 7:30 p.m.
    • National Parks Adventure | 8:30 p.m.

    MEMBERS: Adults $55 | Children (3-12) $30 

    GENERAL PUBLIC: Adults $65 | Children (3-12) $40

    Children 2 and under join for FREE! 

    GET TICKETS HERE

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    Please bring your own seating. 

    Download detailed flyer HERE (pdf)

    For more information or to purchase tickets by phone call: 309.686.7000

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    Thank you to our sponsors Advanced Medical Transport and Vonachen Group.

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  • Access for All with The Autism Collective: July 2024

    (General - Sunday, July 14, 2024)

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    ACCESS FOR ALL WITH THE AUTISM COLLECTIVE: INCLUSION IS JAW-SOME!

    Sunday, July 14, 2024 | 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. 

    Thanks to the generous support of Art Bridges Foundation, every second Sunday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum is FREE to the public!

    Dive into a sea of inclusivity at the Inclusion is Jaw-some event! Join us at the Peoria Riverfront Museum, partnering with The Autism Collective, for a day of sensory-friendly fun and exploration.

    Admission is free from 12 p.m.- 5 p.m., and we welcome individuals of all ages and all abilities to enjoy a day at the museum. 

    Enjoy our summer blockbuster exhibition: Sharks , presented by CEFCU! Sharks is the largest exhibition ever curated on the subject by the American Museum of Natural History in New York, and will inspire you with dozens of true to size models, interactives, and so much more.

    Additional programming on this Access for All day includes:

    The day will also include a resource fair to support individuals seeking resources and services for autism and other developmental disabilities.

    Schedule

    12 p.m.- 5 p.m.
    Sharks drawing activity and word search | Front desk | 50 points
    Sharks scavenger hunt | Front desk | 50 points

    12 p.m. - 3 p.m.
    Face Painting | Museum Lobby 
    Free snow cones | Sun Plaza
    Windy City Mermaids Meet and Greet | Fountain area | 20 points
     Shark dissection with OSF STEAM | Sun Plaza | 20 points
    Hang Ten Calm Room | Downstairs
    Autism Collective Resource Fair | Museum Lobby
    Docents available with educational 'Shark cart' | Sharks Gallery | 20 points
    Yard games | Sun Plaza | 10 points

    12:45 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. 
    Lucas Miller the Singing Zoologist | Giant Screen Theater | 50 points

    Embrace your unique self! We welcome all, understanding that excitement, noise, and expressions are part of the experience. But for individuals who may want a break from the excitement, Hang Ten Calm Rooms will be onsite providing a mobile calm room.

    Join us for a day of acceptance, understanding, and endless discoveries. Together, let's make waves of inclusivity at the Inclusion is Jaw-some event. See you there!

    Generous support provided by Art Bridges Foundation's Access for All program.

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  • Laser Light Night: Michael Jackson, The Weekend, David Bowie

    (General - Saturday, July 20, 2024)

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    Laser Light Nights are back at the DOME featuring an all new experience!

    Sit back, relax and rock out with our new laser light system from "the worldwide leader in planetarium laser light shows," Laser Fantasy! Experience the full 3D excitement! The system features a graphics laser projector with special effects, a haze machine & a new beam projector, plus a fresh playlist of 20+ performances, from Beyoncé to The Beatles! Pick up show-enhancing spectrum glasses and refreshments at concessions!

    SHOW SCHEDULE

    July 20
    6:00 – Laser Michael Jackson
    7:15 – Laser The Weekend (new show!)
    8:30 – Laser David Bowie 

    August 16 
    6:00 – Sgt Pepper's Laser Light Show (The Beatles)
    7:15 – Laser Taylor Swift
    8:30 – Laser The Weekend 

    September 14 
    6:00 – Lasers Elton John
    7:15 – Laser Jimi Hendrix
    8:30 – Laser Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon

    $5 Visionary Society Members | $7 Members | $10 Public

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

    (Note: These shows contain lyrics to popular songs and some may not be suitable for all ages.)

    This program is presented by Sun Collectors with additional support from the Visionary Society and the Planetarium and Science Club.

  • Laser Light Night: The Beatles, Taylor Swift, The Weekend

    (General - Friday, August 16, 2024)

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    Laser Light Nights are back at the DOME featuring an all new experience!

    Sit back, relax and rock out with our new laser light system from "the worldwide leader in planetarium laser light shows," Laser Fantasy! Experience the full 3D excitement! The system features a graphics laser projector with special effects, a haze machine & a new beam projector, plus a fresh playlist of 20+ performances, from Beyoncé to The Beatles! Pick up show-enhancing spectrum glasses and refreshments at concessions!

    SHOW SCHEDULE

    August 16 
    6:00 – Sgt Pepper's Laser Light Show (The Beatles)
    7:15 – Laser Taylor Swift
    8:30 – Laser The Weekend 

    September 14 
    6:00 – Lasers Elton John
    7:15 – Laser Jimi Hendrix
    8:30 – Laser Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon

    $5 Visionary Society Members | $7 Members | $10 Public

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

    (Note: These shows contain lyrics to popular songs and some may not be suitable for all ages.)

    This program is presented by Sun Collectors with additional support from the Visionary Society and the Planetarium and Science Club.

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  • Laser Light Night | Elton John, Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd

    (General - Saturday, September 14, 2024)

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    Laser Light Nights are back at the DOME featuring an all new experience!

    Sit back, relax and rock out with our new laser light system from "the worldwide leader in planetarium laser light shows," Laser Fantasy! Experience the full 3D excitement! The system features a graphics laser projector with special effects, a haze machine & a new beam projector, plus a fresh playlist of 20+ performances, from Beyoncé to The Beatles! Pick up show-enhancing spectrum glasses and refreshments at concessions!

    SHOW SCHEDULE

    September 14 
    6:00 – Lasers Elton John
    7:15 – Laser Jimi Hendrix
    8:30 – Laser Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon

    $5 Visionary Society Members | $7 Members | $10 Public

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

    (Note: These shows contain lyrics to popular songs and some may not be suitable for all ages.)

    This program is presented by Sun Collectors with additional support from the Visionary Society and the Planetarium and Science Club.