4th of July Backyard BBQ

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4th of July Backyard BBQ

6 to 10:30 pm

All you can eat! Best seats in town!

Indoor-outdoor viewing & family fun!

Save your spot for the Riverfront Museum's Summer Fundraiser ! Purchase tickets online today - click here.

Take the 4th of July CityLink Shuttle right to the Museum - click here for details!

  • Cracked Pepper all-you-can-eat buffet! 
  • Cash bar, Emack & Bolio’s ice cream, popcorn & snacks!
  • WIRL live remote broadcast with Deejay CJ!
  • “Playing with Light” exhibition, Dome Planetarium & all galleries open
  • $5 educational films on the Giant Screen
  • Kids' goodie bag & family programming
  • Green Screen Photo Booth – sponsored by Advanced Medical Transport
  • Great riverfront viewing from outside or inside
  • Indoor facilities, climate controlled comfort
  • FREE water & lemonade

MEMBERS: Adults $35  |  Children (3-12) $17

Member Bonus: Bring your family & friends - purchase up to 4 guest tickets per household at the member rate!

PUBLIC : adults $45, children (3-12) $22

Purchase tickets online at RiverfrontMuseum.org - click here(Tickets are nonrefundable.)

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

Please bring your own seating.

  • Art-spiration: Kaleidoscope Suncatchers!

    (General - Saturday, July 29, 2017)

    Art-spiration: Kaleidoscope Suncatchers! 

    Sat, Jul 29 | 1:30-2:30 pm

    Lobby

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

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

  • Relax Under the Stars | FREE Noon Event!

    (Planetarium - Wednesday, August 2, 2017)

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    Relax Under the Stars  |  FREE Noon Event!

    Wed, Aug 2 | 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: August 2, September 6, October 4

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

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  • Laser Light Night | Laser Floyd

    (Planetarium - Friday, August 4, 2017)

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    LASER LIGHT NIGHT | Laser Floyd

    Fri, Aug 4
    6 pm  |  Laser Floyd: The Wall
    7 pm  |  Laser Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon 

    Dome Planetarium

    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)

    For more information or questions calling 309.686.7000.

    Click Here for the full Laser Light Nights Schedule

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

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  • Uncovering the World's Secrets: Using Technology for Exploration

    (General - Saturday, August 12, 2017)

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    Uncovering the World's Secrets: Using Technology for Exploration

    Sat, Aug 12  |  7 PM

    Giant Screen Theater

    Join National Geographic Innovation Fellow Corey Jaskolski as he shares tales of exploring the world using high tech cameras, laser scanners, and drone systems that he and his team develop. Corey has taken these technologies to some of the world's most amazing places including: underwater caves of Mayan human sacrifice victims, deep in the jungles of Africa, and even the wreck of the Titanic at 12,500' deep.

    Suggested donation of $5. 

    Reserve tickets online now - click here.

    Learn more about Corey Jaskolski - read his bio at National Geographic - click here.

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  • Free! Solar Eclipse Viewing Party!

    (General - Monday, August 21, 2017)

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    Free! Partial Solar Eclipse Viewing Party

    Sun Plaza

    Mon, Aug 21  I  11:30 am - 1:45 pm

    Total Solar Eclipse of 2017: August 21 there will be a total solar eclipse visible in a narrow path across the United States. In Peoria, the Sun will be 90% eclipsed by the Moon. If you cannot travel to the path of totality (full eclipse) watch the partial solar eclipse with us! 

    Join Peoria Riverfront Museum and Peoria Astronomical Society on the museum's Sun Plaza (the center of the Central Illinois Community Solar System) for biggest Partial Solar Eclipse Party in the Peoria area! Free & open to the public.

    • Look through solar telescopes & pinhole projectors! 
    • Talk to astronomy experts! 
    • Enjoy fun family activities! 
    • Eclipse viewing shades & snacks available for purchase 
    • Real-time streaming of total solar eclipse in Dome Planetarium

    Don't miss this very rare astronomical event!

    Read more about the eclipse - click here!

    Contact Renae Kerrigan at  rkerrigan@peoriariverfrontmuseum.org or 309-863-3030 for further information.

    Event is free and open to the public. Regular admission applies to Museum galleries and planetarium shows (eclipse streaming is free). This event will be outside with limited seating provided. If you would like to sit, you are welcome to bring your own folding or camp chair.

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  • Lights, Camera, Vision! A Free Lecture by Dr. Tim Cundiff, OD

    (General - Thursday, August 24, 2017)

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    Lights, Camera, Vision! A Free Lecture by Dr. Tim Cundiff, OD

    Thu, Aug 24  |  6:30 pm

    Auditorium

    Explore the world of vision through the eyes of an optometrist using words, photos, videos, and optical illusions. Dr. Tim Cundiff will help you explore the function of our amazing visual system and the role that light plays with our appreciation of the world around us. The talk will include analysis of 3-D vision, polarization, and more! In 2017, there are countless demands and stresses on our eyes. This talk will shed some light on ways to properly protect and care for your eyes. And it will help you answer the age-old question: Why is the sky blue?

    Dr. Cundiff is an optometrist at Vision Care Center in Peoria. He is the host of a video series known as "TIM Talks" (his take on the TED Talks series) and also serves the Museum as a proud member of our Board of Directors!

    The lecture is free and open to the public.

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  • Museum After Dark: Laser & Light Party

    (General - Saturday, August 26, 2017)

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    Museum After Dark: Laser & Light Party

    Sat, Aug 26 | 7-9 PM

    Looking for a unique way to spend an evening? Come explore "Playing With Light" afterhours, an experience in the Dome Planetarium and spectacular light-related activities in the lobby! Drinks, light snacks, and a cash bar will be available.

    21+

    Buy tickets online now - click here

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  • Art-spiration: Coffee Filter Rainbows!

    (General - Saturday, August 26, 2017)

    Art-spiration: Coffee Filter Rainbows!

    Sat, Aug 26 | 1:30-2:30 pm

    Lobby

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

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

  • Party on Sun Plaza - The BraziLionaires & 9 Area Restaurants!

    (General - Saturday, September 9, 2017)

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    Party on Sun Plaza

    Sat, Sep 9  |   6-9:30 pm

    Peoria Riverfront Museum Lobby & Sun Plaza

    Purchase tickets online - click here.

    Join us at the sizzlin’ center of the Community Solar System for our annual summer fundraiser, Party on Sun Plaza, and enjoy an evening of entertainment with a Latin twist and 9 of Central Illinois' finest restaurateurs - 6 of whom will be competing for our annual People's Choice Award! Listen to The BraziLionaires live - a sound that's an infectious blend of jazz, rock & pop over hypnotic Latin Grooves. Free Samba dance lessons provided by Beverly and Ed Caballero.

    FEATURING:

    • Gourmet Cuisine from 9 of the Area’s Finest Food Establishments
    • Live Music by The BraziLionaires (sponsored by Terry Knueppel)
    • Samba Dance Lessons
    • 2 Free Drinks, plus Cash Bar

    9 Participating Central Illinois Restaurants

    Premier Museum Caterers

    • Barracks Cater Inn
    • Cracked Pepper Catering and Bakery
    • Kickapoo Creek Winery

    Restaurants Competing for the People’s Choice Award!

    • A Matter of Taste
    • Cyd’s
    • Chef’s Catering
    • Hacienda El Mirador
    • Jason’s Deli
    • Nelson’s Catering

    Purchase tickets by phone at 309.686.7000, or online at RiverfrontMuseum.org - click here!

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  • Yoga Under the Stars | Slow Flow

    (Planetarium - Saturday, September 23, 2017)

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    Yoga Under the Stars | Slow Flow

    Sat, Sep 23 | 8 pm

    Dome Planetarium

    Enjoy the healing benefits of a slower, more restorative paced yoga, while gazing toward the stars. Great for beginners, or those who prefer a gentle meditative practice.

    $20 members | $25 public

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

    Limited mats are available, please bring a mat and a light blanket. Advanced tickets required. All sessions are an hour and 30 minutes in length.

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  • Yoga Under the Stars l Energetic Flow

    (General - Saturday, September 23, 2017)

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    Yoga Under the Stars | Energetic Flow

    Sat, Sep 23 | 6 pm

    Dome Planetarium

    Let your mind go as we connect movements in an energetically paced ow under the stars. We’ll move at a quicker pace to build heat and strength, while maintaining sound alignment. Some yoga experience is beneficial.

    $20 members | $25 public

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

    Limited mats are available, please bring a mat and a light blanket. Advanced tickets required. All sessions are an hour and 30 minutes in length.

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