Events

  • ANDY WARHOL: ENDANGERED SPECIES opens

    (General - From Friday, September 23, 2022 until Sunday, December 11, 2022)

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    ANDY WARHOL: ENDANGERED SPECIES

    September 23 – December 11, 2022

    Peoria Riverfront Museum

    In 1983, American artist Andy Warhol (1928-1987) created the Endangered Species series, which depicts ten animals that were recognized in the Endangered Species Act of 1973. The screen prints, presented in Warhol’s signature pop style, resemble the artist’s depictions of celebrities such as Dolly Parton and Muhammed Ali. This stylistic choice allows for a visual elevation of the animals’ representation – through oversized portraiture, bold outlines, and vibrant colors – to a type of celebrity or icon.

    Warhol created Endangered Species, commissioned by art dealers and environmental activists Ronald and Frayda Feldman, in response to ongoing ecological concerns around the global impact of human destruction of animals and the environment. Warhol made 150 editions of the set of ten screen prints. He donated 100 of these prints to wildlife conservation organizations with the intention that they be auctioned to raise money.

    Andy Warhol: Endangered Species features a complete set of the ten screen prints, presented through themes that explore Andy Warhol, visual culture as a tool of activism, and ongoing issues of environmental destruction. In the same way that Warhol’s images went beyond simple depictions of endangered species, this exhibition is more than a celebration of art, activism through visual culture, and the natural world. It is a call to remember that we share this planet, and it is our responsibility to make choices that protect and support all living beings.

    Endangered Species displayed prints: African Elephant, Bald Eagle, Bighorn Ram, Black Rhinoceros, Giant Panda, Grevy's Zebra, Orangutan, Pine Barrens Tree Frog, San Francisco Silverspot Butterfly and Siberian Tiger.


    Andy Warhol: Endangered Species is organized by Art Bridges with works drawn from the collection of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art. 

    Image: Andy Warhol (1928-1987), Bighorn Ram, 1983, screen print on paper, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, Arkansas, 2015.38.6. Photography by Edward C. Robison Ill. © 2022 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Licensed by Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / Ronald Feldman Fine Arts, New York.

    THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

    Generous support for this project provided by Art Bridges.

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    Sponsored locally by Visionary Society & Illinois Arts Council Agency.

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  • Planet Passport Series - Earth

    (General - Saturday, December 3, 2022)

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    Planet Passport Series - Earth

    Join our planet passport series! Each month, come to the planetarium for a show focused on one planet or place in space. Participants will receive a planet passport, and for each show they attend, will earn a sticker for that destination. Collect three stickers and earn a prize! Those with five stickers will pick a second prize, and be invited to a planet party in the Dome! Those with eight stickers and more will earn more prizes, be invited to the planet party, and be invited to an exclusive telescope viewing of the planets and Moon. Bring your passport to each show to collect a complete set!

    Shows will be on the first Saturday (10:30 AM) and second Thursday (6 PM) of each month. This program is available for all ages.

    December focuses on Earth! We will look at Earth and our Moon, talk about its formation, exploration, and role in stories and myths.

    Each show will be about 45 minutes in length.

    Buy one passport per participant, and you can come to any show in the series. If you miss the a month or two, don't worry! We will repeat the series next year, so you will have more chances to collect more planet stickers.

    One passport includes: a seat in any of our 10 different planet passport shows, a prize when you collect 3, 5, 8 and 10 stickers, and the ability to earn admission to the planet party and observing night with 5 or 8 stickers earned. Passports are $15 for members and $20 for non-members.

    Sign up for your passport here

    December 3 (10:30 AM) and December 8 (6 PM) - Earth

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  • Christmas in the Village

    (General - Saturday, December 3, 2022)

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    CHRISTMAS IN THE VILLAGE

    Presented by Doug & Diane Oberhelman and Cullinan Properties in support of the Every Student Initiative

    Saturday, December 3, 2022  

    Village Opens 2 PM & Closes 8 PM

    Peoria Riverfront Museum- Outside on the Sun Plaza 

    Join us for the inaugural Christmas in the Village at the Peoria Riverfront Museum, in support of the Every Student Initiative! Alison Unkovich, who worked as an educator in Chicago for a decade has now returned to her hometown of Peoria. Her vision of "Christmas in the Village" is to create an event that will bring families even closer together during the holiday season, as well as expand and improve the ESI program. Alison is doing it all with a touch of Christmas Magic! 

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      Alison Unkovich, pictured here with the tree-stand for the LARGEST live Christmas Tree in Peoria! 

    Prepare to be enthralled by the largest live Christmas tree that Peoria has ever seen! Let’s come together as a community to experience all the wonders of the Holiday season with Santa, Carriage Rides, live animals, carolers, and many magical vendors to explore. Specialty Holiday cocktails, warm hot chocolate, and a variety of food will be in the Village for the whole family to enjoy!

    • Peoria's largest LIVE Christmas tree!
    • Local vendors
    • Food trucks
    • Santa
    • Hot Chocolate
    • Holiday Cocktails
    • Carriage rides
    • All Museum exhibitions open
    • Holiday laser light show
    • Carolers
    • Live animals
    • Merry Makers Tables from 2 PM - 6 PM
    • Peoria Ballet Nutcracker ballerinas
    • Holiday themed movies in the Giant Screen Theater
    • Get a picture with Santa
    • And so much more! 

    Members: Family $40 | Individual $15
    General public: Family $50 | Individual $20

    Get tickets HERE

    IT TAKES A VILLAGE...THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS!

    Christmas Angel Presenting Sponsor

    Doug and Diane Oberhelman and Cullinan Properties

    Christmas Village Sponsorship Level

    Alison and Matthew Unkovich

    Carrie & Ron Givens & Family & GIVSCO Construction

    Green View

    Philippi-Hagenbuch

    Visionary Society

    Snow Globe Sponsorship Level

    Chris and Melanie Coulter

    Elle and Jonathan Day & Jingle Holiday Lights

    Muir Omni Graphics

    Altofer CAT

    Snowman Sponsorship Level

    Polly Barton

    Allen and Laura Cullinan

    Steve and Maggie Jackson

    Gretchen Petrakis

    Sally Snyder

    Farnsworth Group

    R. Gingerich Crane

    Kress Corporation

    Candy Cane Sponsorship Level

    Brian Buralli & Maureen Mathews 

    Leali Family

    Ameren Illinois

    Connor Co.

    LS Building Products

    RLI

    Jingle Bell Sponsorship Level

    Gregory & Karen Gerontes

    Sid Ruckriegel and Andrew Rand

    Josh and Danette Swank

    Rob & Kathleen Temple

    Blue Duck Barbecue & Tavern

    F & M Bank

    Technicraft

    Scherer Mazda – Scherer Lincoln/Volvo

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  • Planet Passport - Earth

    (General - Thursday, December 8, 2022)

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    Planet Passport Series - Earth

    Join our planet passport series! Each month, come to the planetarium for a show focused on one planet or place in space. Participants will receive a planet passport, and for each show they attend, will earn a sticker for that destination. Collect three stickers and earn a prize! Those with five stickers will pick a second prize, and be invited to a planet party in the Dome! Those with eight stickers and more will earn more prizes, be invited to the planet party, and be invited to an exclusive telescope viewing of the planets and Moon. Bring your passport to each show to collect a complete set!

    Shows will be on the first Saturday (10:30 AM) and second Thursday (6 PM) of each month. This program is available for all ages.

    December focuses on Earth! We will look at Earth and our Moon, talk about its formation, exploration, and role in stories and myths.

    Each show will be about 45 minutes in length.

    Buy one passport per participant, and you can come to any show in the series. If you miss the a month or two, don't worry! We will repeat the series next year, so you will have more chances to collect more planet stickers.

    One passport includes: a seat in any of our 10 different planet passport shows, a prize when you collect 3, 5, 8 and 10 stickers, and the ability to earn admission to the planet party and observing night with 5 or 8 stickers earned. Passports are $15 for members and $20 for non-members.

    Sign up for your passport here

    December 3 (10:30 AM) and December 8 (6 PM) - Earth

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  • Holiday Family Breakfast

    (General - Saturday, December 10, 2022)

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    Holiday Family Breakfast at the Museum

    Sat, Dec 10, 2022 | 9 AM- Noon

    Break out your holiday PJs and join us for a magical holiday morning with Santa & friends! 

    Enjoy a delicious breakfast with specially themed activities followed by "The Polar Express" in the Giant Screen Theater. Each child receives a gift.

    Breakfast will include: cheesy scrambled eggs, tater tots, applewood smoked bacon, sausage patties, fresh fruit and sugar pearl waffles.

    After the movie, feel free to explore all exhibitions, including "MARS" and watch a planetarium show! 

    Seating is limited, register now

    Pricing:

    Member Adult: $40.00

    Member Child: $50.00

    Non-member Adult: $45.00

    Non-member Child: $55.00

    Visionary Society Member: $40.00

    Special thanks to sponsors Dr. Steve & Patty Cullinan 

  • Laser Light Nights | Holiday Magic, Pink Floyd, and Led Zeppelin

    (General - Friday, December 16, 2022)

    Laser Light Nights | Holiday Magic, Pink Floyd, and Led Zeppelin

    Fri, Dec 16

    6:00 pm | Laser Holiday Magic
    7:15 pm | Laser Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon
    8:30 pm | Laser Zeppelin: Whole Lotta Led 

    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!

    $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.

    Click Here for the full Laser Light Nights Schedule

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

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  • Yoga Under the Stars

    (General - Saturday, December 17, 2022)

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    Yoga Under the Stars 

    Enjoy a beautiful evening of yoga practice under a starry sky, without worrying about cold weather or snow! This evening will feature a 15 minute star talk, showing off our winter constellations. Then Heather will lead a one hour yoga practice, with beautiful stars, nebula and planets dazzling on the dome above.

    Heather Capperrune has been teaching yoga and curating unique experiences with movement in Peoria for seven years.

    Participants are asked to bring their own mats.

    Each session will be an hour and 15 minutes long.

    Saturday, December 17
    Doors open at 5:45, Event starts at 6 PM

    Purchase tickets here.

    $20 Members | $25 Public

    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 5:45 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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