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  • Van Gogh: Member Preview (Giant Screen Theater documentary film)

    (Theater - Friday, September 19, 2014)

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    Van Gogh: Brush with Genius

    Member-only Preview
    Fri, Sept 19, 7 pm
    Giant Screen Theater

    $5 per person

    Rediscover the life and passionate artistry of the world’s most popular artist

    The extraordinary colors and passionate brushwork of Vincent van Gogh take on new life in the dazzling giant screen film Van Gogh: Brush With Genius. Audiences will relive Van Gogh’s life journey through his letters, visit the landscapes that inspired him, and discover a Van Gogh they never knew before.

    Run time: 40 min. Suitable for all ages. Limited seating; reserve a ticket: 309.686.7000.

    Click here for more information.

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  • Bradley Chemistry Demos!

    (General - Saturday, September 20, 2014)

    BRADLEY CHEMISTRY DEMOS!

    Sat, Sept 20, 1-2 pm

    Stand back, watch out, and enjoy chemistry in action! Bradley University Chemistry Club students provide activities and perform fun chemistry demonstrations. 

    FREE to members and with regular paid admission. For more information, call: 309-686-7000.

  • Wine & Art Night: Matisse Printmaking

    (General - Saturday, September 20, 2014)

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    Wine & Art Night: Matisse-inspired Printmaking

    Sat, Sept 20, 7-9 pm

    Featured artist: Eugene Nana Ekow Maison

    $30 members | $33 Public

    Join us as we explore a variety of art forms and techniques this fall, all while enjoying a sampling of three different wines! This month, participants will learn about printmaking with artist Eugene Maison, and create a beautiful, completed piece of art to take home and show off to family and friends! All materials are provided.

    Click here for Elise Zwicky's Peoria County News Bulletin article on Eugene Nana Ekow Maison and WIne & Art Night.

    Seating is limited. Advance registration requested. To register, call: 309-863-3034.

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  • Van Gogh: Brush with Genius Opens (Giant Screen Theater documentary film)

    (Theater - Saturday, September 20, 2014)

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    VAN GOGH: BRUSH WITH GENIUS

    Opens Sat, Sept 20: 12:05, 2:15 & 4:30 p.m.
    Giant Screen Theater

    Rediscover the life and passionate artistry of the world’s most popular artist

    The extraordinary colors and passionate brushwork of Vincent van Gogh take on new life in the dazzling giant screen film Van Gogh: Brush With Genius. Audiences will relive Van Gogh’s life journey through his letters, visit the landscapes that inspired him, and discover a Van Gogh they never knew before.

    Cost: $7 adults, $6 seniors (age 60+), $5 children (ages 3-17). Suitable for all ages. Run time: 40-min. Runs daily during regular Museum hours.

    Click here to buy tickets and for more information.

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  • Celebrate Autumnal Equinox!

    (General - Sunday, September 21, 2014)

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    Celebrate Autumnal Equinox!

    Sun, Sept 21

    Come celebrate the arrival of the autumn Sun with special Dome Planetarium shows and activities in the lobby. Learn how equinoxes are celebrated in other cultures, such as China. See if an egg can truly only stand on its end during the equinox. Create your own paper sundial to take home.

    Special Activities
    • 1-2:30 pm Main Lobby 
    Special Planetarium Schedule
    • 12:30 pm Dynamic Sun*
    • 2:30 pm Stars Over Peoria – Autumnal Equinox
    • 3 pm Dynamic Sun*
    • 4 pm Ultimate Universe 

    *Dynamic Sun show details: the Sun is a dynamic place; during this show you’ll see amazing close-ups and videos that will reveal the secrets of our very own star. (25 min)

    FREE to members and with regular paid admission. For more information, call: 309-686-7000.

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  • Sunday Fun Day! The Rainbow Fish

    (General - Sunday, September 21, 2014)

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    Sunday Fun Day! The Rainbow Fish

    Sun, Sept 21, 2-2:45 pm

    $3 per child 

    Sunday Fun Day is one more way to learn and play alongside your child at the Museum! Listen to the book The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister, learn about some of the fish in the Illinois River, and make a fishy craft to take home. 

    General admission not required. No preregistration necessary. For more information or to register, call: 309-686-7000.

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  • Museum Day Live! Smithsonian Free Day

    (General - Saturday, September 27, 2014)

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    Museum Day Live! Smithsonian Free Day

    Sat, Sept 27, 10-5 pm

    Free Museum entry for two with Smithsonian ticket (see below)

    The Smithsonian Museum Day Live! Ticket provides free admission for two people. In the spirit of Smithsonian Museums, which offer free admission every day, Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian Magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a “Museum Day Live!” ticket, for free! To print your free ticket, visit: smithsonianmag.com/museumday

    For more information, call: 309-686-7000.

  • Super Saturday: Creepy Creatures!

    (General - Saturday, October 4, 2014)

    Super Saturday: Creepy Creatures!

    Sat, Oct 4, 1-2 pm

    Come explore a variety of “creepy” creatures that are often misunderstood. We will have various specimens on display, including a bat, snake skeleton, scorpion, giant thorny phasmid, and more! 

     Free to members and with regular paid admission. No preregistration necessary. For more information, call: 309-686-7000.

  • New Class: The Art of Batik

    (General - From Tuesday, October 7, 2014 until Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - and Tuesdays only)

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    NEW CLASS: THE ART OF BATIK

    Tuesdays, Oct 7-28  |  6-7 pm  |  4 week class

    Instructor: Becky Kraut, BA art

    Practiced by a number of cultures, including Nigeria, China, and the Philippines, batik is used to create intricate patterns and designs using the ancient art of wax resist-dyeing. Artists use melted wax to paint or draw on fabric before dyeing. Once the fabric dries, the wax is removed to reveal the pattern beneath. Learn a bit about this beautiful technique from talented instructor, Becky Kraut, while making functional pieces of art.

    Ages 10+ | Adults welcome!

    $40 members | $48 public

    Download a pdf of the class program and registration. Call 309.863.3034 for more info.

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  • New Class: Mask Making

    (General - From Tuesday, October 7, 2014 until Tuesday, October 28, 2014 - and Tuesdays only)

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    NEW CLASS: MASK MAKING

    Tuesdays, Oct 7-Oct 28  |  4:30-5:30 pm  |  4 week class

    Instructor: Becky Kraut, BA art

    Mask making is an important aspect of many cultures around the world. In this special four-week class, students will learn about the historical and cultural significance of masks, and create their own masks out of a variety of materials.

    Ages 8-12

    $40 members | $48 public

    Download a pdf of the class program and registration. Call 309.863.3034 for more info.

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  • New Class: River Creature Feature

    (General - From Wednesday, October 8, 2014 until Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - and Wednesdays only)

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    NEW CLASS: RIVER CREATURE FEATURE

    Wednesdays, Oct 8-29  |  4:30-5:30 pm  |  4 week class

    Instructor: Becky Kraut, BA art

    There are some fascinating creatures living in our own backyard! Come explore some of our Illinois River critters; learn about their habitats, their behaviors, and how they interact with each other. Students will practice observational skills, sketching, recording data, identifying species of plants and animals, and so much more!

    Ages 6-10

    $30 members | $38 public

    Download a pdf of the class program and registration. Call 309.863.3034 for more info.

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  • New Class: Curious Crafty Creatures

    (General - From Thursday, October 9, 2014 until Thursday, October 30, 2014 - and Thursdays only)

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    NEW CLASS: CURIOUS CRAFTY CREATURES

    Thursdays, Oct 9-30  |  4:30-5 pm  |  4 week class

    Instructor: Dave Grebner, Museum Science Teacher

    From snakes and flamingos to waterbears (tardigrades) and platypuses, the world is filled with animals who move in strange ways, have odd eating habits, and at least in one instance, look like they’ve been assembled by a group of practical jokers! In this class we will learn a bit about the science behind them and make take-home crafts to remind us of these amazing creatures who share our planet. 

    Ages 8-12

    $30 members | $38 public

    Download a pdf of the class program and registration. Call 309.863.3034 for more info.

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  • Bradley Chemistry Demos II!

    (General - Saturday, October 11, 2014)

    BRADLEY CHEMISTRY DEMOS II!

    Sat, Oct 11, 1-2 pm

    Stand back, watch out, and enjoy chemistry in action! Bradley University Chemistry Club students provide activities and perform fun chemistry demonstrations.

    Free to members and with regular paid admission. For more information, call: 309-686-7000.

  • Art Club (Oct)

    (General - Tuesday, October 14, 2014)

    Art Club

    Tue, Oct 14, 1-2 pm

    Just like book club, but without the homework! Join a casual discussion about a different art topic each month. 

    Free to members and with regular paid admission. For more information, call: 309-863-3028.

  • ACS Science Rocks!

    (General - Saturday, October 18, 2014)

    ACS SCIENCE ROCKS!

    Sat, Oct 18, 11-4 pm

    The Illinois Heartland Local Section of the American Chemical Society, other local chemistry clubs, and NCAUR will lead hands-on activity in the lobby and other locations around the Museum. Learn about what chemists do at work and try some fun activities yourself! 

     Free to members and with regular paid admission. For more information, call: 309-686-7000.

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  • Wine & Art Night: Painting

    (General - Saturday, October 18, 2014)

    Wine & Art Night: Painting

    Sat, Oct 18, 7-9 pm

    Featured artist: Kayla Phillips

    $30 members | $33 public

    Join us as we explore a variety of art forms and techniques this fall, all while enjoying a sampling of three different wines! This month, participants will focus on painting with artist Kayla Phillips, and create a beautiful, completed piece of art to take home and show off to family and friends! All materials are provided.

    Seating is limited. Advance registration requested. To register, call: 309-863-3034.

  • Sunday Fun Day! Why Do Leaves Change Colors?

    (General - Sunday, October 19, 2014)

    Sunday Fun Day! Why Do Leaves Change Colors?

    Sun, Oct 19, 2-2:45 pm

    $3 per child

    Sunday Fun Day is one more way to learn and play alongside your child at the museum! Listen to Why Do Leaves Change Colors? by Betsy Maestro, learn a little about fall, and make a lovely leafy project to take home.

    General admission not required. No preregistration necessary. For more information or to register, call: 309-686-7000.

  • Wine & Cheese Under the Stars - Kickapoo Creek

    (Planetarium - Friday, October 24, 2014)

    Wine & Cheese Under the Stars

    Fri, Oct 24, 7-9 pm

    Featured winery: Kickapoo Creek

    $25 members | $30 public

    Relax with local wines as Renae Kerrigan, Planetarium Curator, shares the latest news from Space and takes you on a guided tour of the Universe using the state-of-the-art Zeiss planetarium equipment. Wines from Kickapoo Creek Winery will be featured. Catering by The Creek on State.

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

  • Gallery Walk with Kristan McKinsey

    (General - Sunday, October 26, 2014)

    Gallery Walk with Kristan McKinsey

    Sun, Oct 26, 2 pm

    Join the Museum’s Curator, Kristan McKinsey, for a special gallery walk of our newest art exhibit, “Impressionism Into Modernism: A Paradigm Shift in American Art.” Explore the various avant-garde art styles from the late 1880s to the 1950s, and learn about how the artists were responding to the historical and political events of their day.

    Free to members and with regular paid admission. No preregistration necessary. For more information, call: 309-686-7000.

  • Spook-tacular Science Show!

    (General - Saturday, November 1, 2014)

    Spook-tacular Science Show!

    Sat, Nov 1, 1:30-2:15 pm

    $5 per person | children 4 and under free

    Come watch a variety of Halloween themed science experiments sure to be a scary good time! From oozing pumpkins and glowing drinks, to bubbling potions and dancing ghosts, this is a fun event for the whole family.

    Maximum cost $20 per family. For more information, call: 309-686-7000.