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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.

  • Evening Experience | Extended Gallery Hours & Films

    (General - From Wednesday, November 15, 2017 until Wednesday, November 29, 2017 - and Wednesdays only)

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  • Holiday Classics: The Polar Express 3D | Nov 22

    (General - Wednesday, November 22, 2017)

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    Holiday Classics: The Polar Express 3D

    Wed, Nov 22 | 5:15 pm

    Giant Screen Theater

    Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis ("Forrest Gump"; "Cast Away") reunite for "Polar Express," an inspiring adventure based on the beloved children's book by Chris Van Allsburg. When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.

    Rated G

    See the Holiday Classics lineup - click here.

    Members- $8.50 Adult, $7.50 Senior, $6.50 Child | Public $10.50 Adult, $9.50 Seniors, $8.50 Child

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

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  • Holiday Classics: Home Alone

    (General - Wednesday, November 22, 2017)

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    Holiday Classics: Home Alone

    Wed, Nov 22 | 7:30 pm

    Giant Screen Theater

    When bratty 8-year-old Kevin McCallister (Macaulay Culkin) acts out the night before a family trip to Paris, his mother (Catherine O'Hara) makes him sleep in the attic. After the McCallisters mistakenly leave for the airport without Kevin, he awakens to an empty house and assumes his wish to have no family has come true. But his excitement sours when he realizes that two con men (Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern) plan to rob the McCallister residence, and that he alone must protect the family home.

    Rated PG.

    See the Holiday Classics lineup - click here.

    Members- $8.50 Adult, $7.50 Senior, $6.50 Child | Public $10.50 Adult, $9.50 Seniors, $8.50 Child

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

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  • Holiday Classics: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

    (Theater - Friday, November 24, 2017)

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    Holiday Classics: National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

    Fri, Nov 24 | 7:30 pm

    Giant Screen Theater

    As the holidays approach, Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) wants to have a perfect family Christmas, so he pesters his wife, Ellen (Beverly D'Angelo), and children, as he tries to make sure everything is in line, including the tree and house decorations. However, things go awry quickly. His hick cousin, Eddie (Randy Quaid), and his family show up unplanned and start living in their camper on the Griswold property. Even worse, Clark's employers renege on the holiday bonus he needs.

    Rated PG-13

    See the Holiday Classics lineup - click here.

    Members- $8.50 Adult, $7.50 Senior, $6.50 Child | Public $10.50 Adult, $9.50 Seniors, $8.50 Child

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

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  • Holiday Classics: The Polar Express 3D | Nov 24

    (General - Friday, November 24, 2017)

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    Holiday Classics: The Polar Express 3D

    Fri, Nov 24 | 5:15 pm

    Giant Screen Theater

    Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis ("Forrest Gump"; "Cast Away") reunite for "Polar Express," an inspiring adventure based on the beloved children's book by Chris Van Allsburg. When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.

    Rated G

    See the Holiday Classics lineup - click here.

    Members- $8.50 Adult, $7.50 Senior, $6.50 Child | Public $10.50 Adult, $9.50 Seniors, $8.50 Child

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

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  • Holiday Classics: The Polar Express 3D | Members Only

    (General - Friday, November 24, 2017)

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    Holiday Classics: The Polar Express 3D | Members Only

    Fri, Nov 24 | 3 pm

    Giant Screen Theater

    Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis ("Forrest Gump"; "Cast Away") reunite for "Polar Express," an inspiring adventure based on the beloved children's book by Chris Van Allsburg. When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.

    Rated G

    See the Holiday Classics lineup - click here.

    Members- $5 per person

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

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  • Yule Like Peoria

    (General - Friday, November 24, 2017)

    Yule Like Peoria

    Fri, Nov 24  |  5-9 pm

    Join us as we begin the holiday season!

    • $5 admission to all exhibits & galleries
    • Museum Store discounts: 20% off for members, 10% off for non-members
    • Fun activities for children & families 
    • Free refreshments 
    • Giant Screen Theater films: “The Polar Express” 3D, 5:15 pm; “National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation,” 7:30 pm

    Purchase theater tickets online - click here!

  • Member Appreciation Day

    (General - Friday, November 24, 2017)

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    Member Appreciation Day

    Fri, Nov 24  |  10 am-5 pm

    ONE DAY ONLY! $10 off Memberships (New, Renewal, or Gift Memberships)

    Our Peoria Riverfront Museum team - staff, volunteers and board members - thank you for your support as a member of the Museum family! Please join us on Friday, November 24 for member appreciation day and take advantage of these members-only perks!

    • Kids’ activities, 11 am-3 pm 
    • 30% off Museum Store sidewalk sale, 8-10 am 
    • 20% off Museum Store all day
    • Free educational GST movie admission all day
    • $5 members only The Polar Express 3D at 3 pm, tickets on sale now - click here
    • Refreshments

    *Consignment items not included

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  • Holiday Classics: A Christmas Story

    (Theater - Saturday, November 25, 2017)

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    Holiday Classics: A Christmas Story

    Sat, Nov 25 | 7:30 pm

    Giant Screen Theater

    Based on the humorous writings of author Jean Shepherd, this beloved holiday movie follows the wintry exploits of youngster Ralphie Parker (Peter Billingsley), who spends most of his time dodging a bully (Zack Ward) and dreaming of his ideal Christmas gift, a "Red Ryder air rifle." Frequently at odds with his cranky dad (Darren McGavin) but comforted by his doting mother (Melinda Dillon), Ralphie struggles to make it to Christmas Day with his glasses and his hopes intact.

    Rated PG

    See the Holiday Classics lineup - click here.

    Members- $8.50 Adult, $7.50 Senior, $6.50 Child | Public $10.50 Adult, $9.50 Seniors, $8.50 Child

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

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  • Holiday Classics: The Polar Express 3D | Nov 25

    (Theater - Saturday, November 25, 2017)

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    Holiday Classics: The Polar Express 3D

    Sat, Nov 25 | 5:15 pm

    Giant Screen Theater

    Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis ("Forrest Gump"; "Cast Away") reunite for "Polar Express," an inspiring adventure based on the beloved children's book by Chris Van Allsburg. When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.

    Rated G

    See the Holiday Classics lineup - click here.

    Members- $8.50 Adult, $7.50 Senior, $6.50 Child | Public $10.50 Adult, $9.50 Seniors, $8.50 Child

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

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  • Holiday Classics: The Polar Express 3D | Nov 26

    (Theater - Sunday, November 26, 2017)

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    Holiday Classics: The Polar Express 3D

    Sun, Nov 26 | 5:15 pm

    Giant Screen Theater

    Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis ("Forrest Gump"; "Cast Away") reunite for "Polar Express," an inspiring adventure based on the beloved children's book by Chris Van Allsburg. When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.

    Rated G

    See the Holiday Classics lineup - click here.

    Members- $8.50 Adult, $7.50 Senior, $6.50 Child | Public $10.50 Adult, $9.50 Seniors, $8.50 Child

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

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  • Museum Store Sunday

    (General - Sunday, November 26, 2017)

    Join Us For The New Global Event Of Museum Store Sunday On November 26. Meet The Local Artists, Authors, And Vendors That Make The Museum Store Special. Enjoy Game Demonstrations, Test Out Our Art Supplies, And T (1)

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  • Artist Lecture Series: "Emergence" | Anita Tuccillo & John Tuccillo

    (General - Tuesday, November 28, 2017)

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    Featuring Anita Tuccillo & John Tuccillo

    Tue, Nov 28 | 6:30 pm

    Auditorium

    Are you interested in learning more about what it takes to be an artist? Join us in our lecture series featuring artists from the new exhibition, Emergence: The National Arts of Central Illinois. This lecture will feature John Tuccillo, Associate Professor of Art in Painting at Illinois Central College and Anita Tuccillo, Associate Professor of Art in Drawing at Illinois Central College. Learn about their inspirations and what opportunities led them to where they are today.

    To see the full schedule of lectures - click here!

    Free and open to the public

    No reservations required. For more information call 309.686.7000.

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  • Classic Film Series: The Wizard of Oz

    (Theater - Thursday, November 30, 2017)

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    Classic Film Series "The Wizard of Oz"

    Thu, Nov 30 | 6 PM

    Hosted by Dr. William Bond

    When a tornado rips through Kansas, Dorothy (Judy Garland) and her dog, Toto, are whisked away in their house to the magical land of Oz. They follow the Yellow Brick Road toward the Emerald City to meet the Wizard, and en route they meet a Scarecrow (Ray Bolger) that needs a brain, a Tin Man (Jack Haley) missing a heart, and a Cowardly Lion (Bert Lahr) who wants courage. The wizard asks the group to bring him the broom of the Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton) to earn his help.

    Digitally remastered in 4K resolution using the original 1939 Technicolor negatives!

    Member- Adult $8.50, Senior $7.50, Child $6.50 | Public- Adult $10.50, Senior $9.50, Child $8.50.

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

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  • First Friday at the Museum! | December

    (General - Friday, December 1, 2017)

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    First Friday at the Museum!

    Fri, Dec 1 | 5-9 pm

    Museum Lobby/International Feature Gallery

    The Museum's new exhibition, Emergence: The National Arts of Central Illinois , in the International Feature Gallery will remain open for First Friday! Come after hours to experience this new exhibition with activities like drawing in the galleries and a chance to discover regional artists!

    Join us for the final First Friday date: Jan 5.

    Free & Open to the Public

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

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  • Chemistry Demonstrations | Dec 2

    (General - Saturday, December 2, 2017)

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    Chemistry Demonstrations

    Sat, Dec 2 | 1-2 pm

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

    Free to members and with general admission.

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

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  • Scouting at the Museum: Book Artist

    (General - Sunday, December 3, 2017)

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    Scouting at the Museum: Book Artist

    Sun, Dec 3 | Noon-3 pm

    Studio 2

    A one-day workshop for Cadettes to get creative with books! The girl scouts will learn the basics of bookbinding and will even make their own diary to take home! The workshop includes everything the scouts need to get their patch!
    While this workshop is intended for brownies to earn their Home Scientist patch, it is open to scouts and family members of all ages. There will be a snack break. Scouts are welcome to bring a snack or money for the concession stand.

    Group rates are available for groups of 5 or more and include 1 chaperone per 5 scouts.

    Scouts $20 | Chaperones $5.50

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

    All scouting events require a minimum number of participants to run. Pre-registration is required.

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  • Curious Minds: Discovering Artists | Roy Lichtenstein & Kara Walker

    (General - Tuesday, December 5, 2017)

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    Curious Minds: Discovering Artists

    Featuring the styles of Roy Lichtenstein & Kara Walker

    Tuesdays, Dec 5 & 12 | 4:30-5:30 pm

    Studio 2

    Calling all artists, makers, and creators! Are you interested in creating art and experimenting with different techniques? Join other curious minds in learning the creative process of some of the world’s most famous artists. In each class, you will learn about a different artist, and then create your own masterpiece in his or her own unique style!
    Heather Placko: Museum Educator

    Ages 10-14

    $12 Members | $15 Public (price per session)

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

    All supplies provided for children's classes unless otherwise noted. All classes require a minimum number of participants to run. Pre-registration is required.

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  • Artist Lecture Series: "Emergence" | Michael Godsil & Fred Jones

    (General - Tuesday, December 5, 2017)

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    Artist Lecture Series: Emergence

    Featuring Michael Godsil & Fred Jones

    Tue, Dec 5 | 6:30 pm

    Auditorium

    Are you interested in learning more about what it takes to be an artist? Join us in our lecture series featuring artists from the new exhibition, Emergence: The National Arts of Central Illinois. This lecture will feature John Tuccillo, Associate Professor of Art in Painting at Illinois Central College and Anita Tuccillo, Associate Professor of Art in Drawing at Illinois Central College. Learn about their inspirations and what opportunities led them to where they are today.

    To see the full schedule of lectures - click here!

    Free and open to the public
    (Regular Museum admission applies to exhibitions, giant screen theater, and planetarium)

    No reservations required. For more information call 309.686.7000.

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  • Peoria Astronomical Society | So, You Want to Buy a Telescope?

    (Planetarium - Wednesday, December 6, 2017)

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    Peoria Astronomical Society | So, You Want to Buy a Telescope?

    Wed, Dec 6  |  7:30-9 pm

    Dome Planetarium

    Are you interested in buying a telescope but don’t know where to start? Don’t go to a big box store! Hear from the telescope users at the Peoria Astronomical Society which telescopes are best for beginners, and which are still useful years later. Learn telescope basics and get recommendations on what telescope will fit your needs!

    This lecture is the part of the monthly meeting of the Peoria Astronomical Society. All meetings are free and open to the public. The PAS meets at 7:30 pm the first Wednesday of each month, October – May in the planetarium at the Peoria Riverfront Museum.

    Free Parking in the museum parking deck.

    Free & Open to the Public. 

    For more information call 309.686.7000. 

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  • Relax Under the Stars | December

    (Planetarium - Wednesday, December 6, 2017)

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    Relax Under the Stars  |  FREE Noon Event!

    Wed, Dec 6 | 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. If you arrive past Noon, it will be dark in the Dome. Please pause for a few minutes to allow your eyes to adjust to the dark. 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: January 3, February 7

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

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  • Messy Mornings II

    (General - Wednesday, December 6, 2017)

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    Messy Mornings

    Wednesdays, Dec 6 & 13 | 9:30-10:15 am

    Classrooms 2

    Explore art from a pint-sized point of view! Whether learning how to paint with marbles or making a bouncy ball, you and your child are sure to have a fabulous time in this creative class! Each session offers new activities so you can enjoy this class over and over again. You will get messy, so wear old clothes! Caregivers must stay with children. This class is perfect for grandparents.
    Shelby Lessen: Museum Educator

    Ages 2-5

    $15 Members | $18 Public

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

    All supplies are provided for classes unless otherwise noted. All classes require a minimum number of participants to run. Pre-registration is required.

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  • Elementary Pottery II

    (General - Thursday, December 7, 2017)

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    Elementary Pottery

    Thursdays, Dec 7 & 14 | 4:30-5:30 pm

    Studio 1

    Students will explore the artistic medium of clay through hand building techniques, wheel work, and glazing. Students will take home at least three completed projects, and will walk away with a better understanding of the building, firing, and glazing processes. No previous experience is necessary, and students are welcome to take this class several times as projects will continue to change.
    Shelby Lessen: Museum Educator

    Ages 6-10

    $25 Members | $30 Public

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

    All supplies provided unless otherwise noted. All classes require a minimum number of participants to run. Pre-registration is required.

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  • PreK Pottery II

    (General - Friday, December 8, 2017)

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    PreK Pottery

    Fridays, Dec 8 & 15 | 9:30-10:30 am

    Little hands will love squishing and molding, painting and creating with all things ceramic! Parents will be encouraged to find joy in the child's creativity as unique works of art are created each and every week. Caregivers must stay with children.
    Shelby Lessen: Museum Educator

    Ages 3-6

    $20 Members | $25 Public

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

    All supplies are provided for classes unless otherwise noted. All classes require a minimum number of participants to run. Pre-registration is required.

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  • Holiday Tangles: Zentangle©

    (General - Saturday, December 9, 2017)

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    Holiday Tangles: Zentangle©

    Saturdays, Dec 9 & 16 | 1-2 pm

    Studio 2

    Join us for this unique Zentangle© class and create beautiful cards and ornaments perfect for the holidays! Zentangle© combines the art of meditation with the beauty of free-form drawing. No previous artistic ability is needed to create these unique patterns, called tangles. Once practiced, this technique can be used to decorate and accentuate a variety of things, while fostering a clear, focused and relaxed mind.
    Materials fee of $8 is due to the instructor on the first day of class.
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    Ages 12 & older (Adults Welcome)!

    $25 Members | $30 Public

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

    All supplies are provided for classes unless otherwise noted. All classes require a minimum number of participants to run. Pre-registration is required.

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  • Cute & Crafty | String Art

    (General - Saturday, December 9, 2017)

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    Sat, Dec 9 | 1:30-2:30 pm

    Studio 2

    Feeling crafty? Spend some time creating “Pinterest worthy” projects with the help of one of our friendly instructors. We’ll provide the materials, get you started with easy to follow instructions, and handle the clean-up for you. It’s a crafter’s dream!

    Ages 15 and up, adults are welcome!

    $20 Members | $25 Public

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

    All supplies are provided for classes unless otherwise noted. All classes require a minimum number of participants to run. Pre-registration is required.

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  • Star Wars Trivia: Pub Night in a Galaxy Far, Far Away

    (Planetarium - Saturday, December 9, 2017)

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    Star Wars Trivia: Pub Night in a Galaxy Far, Far Away

    Sat, Dec 9 | 7-9 pm

    Dome Planetarium

    Think you know the answers to all things Star Wars? Make a team and test yourself while enjoying a variety of beer and a food as we fly through the galaxy in the Dome Planetarium. We'll put your team to the test and see if the Force is with you for this Star Wars themed Trivia Night!
    *Up to 3 beers, food, and non-alcoholic beverages included in ticket price.

    Must be age 21+

    $30 members | $33 public

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

    Must be 21 or older. All events require a minimum number of participants to run. Pre-registration is required.

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  • Super Saturday: Snow Science!

    (General - Saturday, December 9, 2017)

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    Super Saturday: Snow Science!

    Sat, Dec 9 | 1:30-2:30 pm

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    Join knowledgeable Museum staff and volunteers exploring science!

    Free to members and with general admission.

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

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  • Art Club: The Art of Seward Johnson

    (General - Tuesday, December 12, 2017)

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    Art Club: The Art of Seward Johnson

    Tue, Dec 12 | 1-2 pm

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    Art Club is a monthly meeting of people who love art. We select a different topic each month, and enjoy a casual staff-led discussion (with Powerpoint slides) accompanied by coffee and treats. Participants are encouraged, though not required, to submit discussion suggestions of art that is related to the topic. It's like a book club, but without as much homework! 

    This month's topic is the art of Seward Johnson, the artist behind the 31-foot tall piece "Return Trip" on the Water St. side of the Museum. If you'd like to talk about a specific piece, please email Shelby at slessen@peoriariverfrontmuseum.org.

    Coffee and treats are served. Please bring your own coffee cup!

    Free to members and with general admission.

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

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  • Laser Light Night | Laser Floyd

    (Planetarium - Saturday, December 16, 2017)

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    LASER LIGHT NIGHT | Laser Floyd

    Sat, Dec 16 
    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 the full Laser Light Nights schedule - click here!

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

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  • Star Wars Day

    (General - Saturday, December 16, 2017)

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    Star Wars Day

    Sat, Dec 16 | Noon-4 pm

    Stop by the Museum for all-day Star Wars fun with themed crafts, a costume contest with stellar prizes, a Star Wars mythology lecture, and more! Come dressed up as your favorite Star Wars character.

    • Noon-4 pm | Create Star Wars themed snowflakes & holiday ornaments (free) | Museum Lobby 
    • Noon-4 pm | Build your own light saber ($2 activity fee, cash only) | Museum Lobby
    • 1:30 pm | Costume contest Judging & prizes handout - winner receives 4 movie tickets (Last Jedi 2D) & an official Last Jedi movie poster! | Museum Lobby
    • 2 pm |  Lecture with Dan Z - Star Wars and Mythology | Museum Auditorium (description below)

    Star Wars and Mythology: How Stories Reflect our Culture
    As with many world mythologies, Star Wars reflects what we value as a society and a culture. In fact, many of the themes and belief systems found in Greek and Roman mythology are inherent to that galaxy far, far away. Join educator, StarWars.com writer, & Coffee With Kenobi host and co-creator, Dan Z as he brings you a whole new way to look at the great modern mythology that is Star Wars.You'll never look at the saga the same way again!

    Free to members and with general admission | $2 fee for light saber activity- cash only 

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

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  • Scouting at the Museum: Space is the Limit!

    (General - Saturday, December 16, 2017)

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    Scouting at the Museum: Space is the Limit!

    Sat, Dec 16 | Noon- 3 pm

    Studio 3

    Using the latest visualization technology in the dome planetarium, Scouts will explore the past, present and future of space exploration in the Dome Planetarium. This workshop will fly through the solar system and learn about Sputnik, Apollo 11, the International Space Station and more!

    Scouts will not be able to fulfill requirement #3 at the museum (build and launch a model rocket).

    Group rates are available for groups of 5 and more and include 1 chaperone per 5 Scouts.

    Scouts $20 | Chaperones $5.50

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

    All scouting events require a minimum number of participants to run. Pre-registration is required.

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  • Artist Lecture Series: Emergence | Featuring Andrea Ferrigno & Mark Holmes

    (General - Sunday, December 17, 2017)

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    Artist Lecture Series: Emergence

    Featuring Andrea Ferrigno & Mark Holmes

    Sun, Dec 17 | 2 pm

    Auditorium

    Are you interested in learning more about what it takes to be an artist? Join us in our lecture series featuring artists from the new exhibition, Emergence: The National Arts of Central Illinois. This lecture will feature Margaret LeJeune, Associate Professor of Art, Photography at Bradley and Lynette Lombard, Associate Professor of Art, Painting at Knox College. Learn about their inspirations and what opportunities led them to where they are today.

    To see the full schedule of lectures - click here!

    Free and open to the public

    No reservations required. For more information call 309.686.7000.

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  • Holiday Boredom Busters!

    (General - From Tuesday, December 26, 2017 until Saturday, December 30, 2017)

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    Holiday Boredom Busters!

    Dec 26-30 | 1:30-2:30 pm

    Museum Lobby

    Stop by the Riverfront Museum to see how you can add a little extra science and a lot more fun to your winter break! We’ll be demonstrating awesome sensory activities and experiments in the lobby that are perfect for the whole family. Best of all, we’ll give you an instruction sheet so you can recreate the fun at home!

    See the Full Schedule - click here!

    Free to members and with regular paid admission.

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  • Art-spiration: Paper Snowflakes!

    (General - Saturday, December 30, 2017)

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    Art-spiration: Paper Snowflakes!

    Sat, Dec 30 | 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 general admission.

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

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  • Winter Break STEAM Camp!

    (General - Tuesday, January 2, 2018)

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    Winter Break STEAM Camp 2018

    January 2-5 | 8 am-4 pm daily

    This January 2-5, warm up with some S.T.E.A.M.-y fun this winter break! This special-edition Winter Break Camp will explore science, technology, engineering and art using a variety of approaches. Campers will get to design and create their own video game, design and 3-D print a fidget spinner, complete challenges using LEGOS & K’NEX, visit our newest exhibit Emergence: The National Arts of Illinois, the DOME Planetarium, the Giant Screen Theater, and more! Best of all, this winter camp will provide all of the same quality of programming as summer camp, but with special extended hours designed to better accommodate working parents.

    Ages 6-14

    Check out more information about pick-up & drop-off, lunches, before & aftercare, and more - click here

    Register online now - click here.
    Registration & more info also available at the Museum or by phone: 309.863.3034.

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  • Relax Under the Stars | January

    (Planetarium - Wednesday, January 3, 2018)

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    Relax Under the Stars | FREE Noon Event!

    Wed, Jan 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: February 7, March 7

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

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  • First Friday at the Museum! | January

    (General - Friday, January 5, 2018)

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    First Friday at the Museum!

    Fri, Jan 5 | 5-9 pm

    Museum Lobby/International Feature Gallery

    The Museum's new exhibition, Emergence: The National Arts of Central Illinois , in the International Feature Gallery will remain open for First Friday! Come after hours to experience this new exhibition with activities like drawing in the galleries and a chance to discover regional artists!

    Free & Open to the Public

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

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  • Artist Lecture Series: "Emergence" | Featuring Jaci Willis, Doug Leunig & Eileen Leunig

    (General - Sunday, January 7, 2018)

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    Artist Lecture Series: Emergence

    Featuring Jaci Willis, Doug Leunig & Eileen Leunig

    Sat, Jan 7 | 2 pm

    Auditorium

    Are you interested in learning more about what it takes to be an artist? Join us in our lecture series featuring artists from the new exhibition, Emergence: The National Arts of Central Illinois. This lecture will feature Jaci Willis, MFA in Sculpture from Bradley University, and
    Doug & Eileen Leunig, Purpose Driven Art. Learn about their inspirations and what opportunities led them to where they are today.

    To see the full schedule of lectures - click here!

    Free and open to the public

    No reservations required. For more information call 309.686.7000.

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  • Art Club: The Art & Inspirations of Bill Conger, Meet our Curator

    (General - Tuesday, January 9, 2018)

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    Art Club: The Art & Inspirations of Bill Conger, Meet our Curator

    Tue, Jan 9 | 1-2 pm

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    Art Club is a monthly meeting of people who love art. We select a different topic each month, and enjoy a casual staff-led discussion (with Powerpoint slides) accompanied by coffee and treats. Participants are encouraged, though not required, to submit discussion suggestions of art that is related to the topic. It's like a book club, but without as much homework!

    This month's topic is the art and inspirations of Bill Conger, meet our new Curator!

    Coffee and treats are served. Please bring your own coffee cup!

    Free to members and with general admission.

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

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  • Senior Morning

    (General - Wednesday, January 10, 2018)

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    Wed, Jan 10 | 10-11 am 

    Auditorium & Galleries

    Free for seniors - these educational events take place every other month on Wednesday morning and cover topics from Museum exhibits to educational movies. This month we'll look at the art and inspirations of Bill Conger. Meet our new Curator, Bill Conger, he is an artist and will be sharing some of his works. Bill will also be sharing some of his favorite art pieces which have inspired him to become a Museum Curator. After the program, you can explore the exhibits and planetarium. Free parking in our covered parking garage off of Water Street.

    9:45 am Doors Open
    10:00 am Coffee and danish, muffins, and other light breakfast treats
    10:30 am Program
    11:00 am Gallery visit

    Registration is not necessary, but groups are encouraged to call ahead so that we will be prepared. Please call Shelby Lessen at 309.863.3015.

    Free event for seniors.

    More information available at the Museum or by phone: 309.686.7000.

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  • Space Cantina: Pub Night in a Galaxy Far, Far Away

    (General - Friday, January 12, 2018)

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    Space Cantina: Pub Night in a Galaxy Far, Far Away

    Fri, Jan 12 | 7-9 pm

    Dome Planetarium

    Enjoy a variety of beer and a food as we fly through the galaxy in the Dome Planetarium. We'll explore a few of the 3,000+ exoplanets discovered around alien suns. Can these worlds be as strange and exotic as planets in the Star Wars Universe? Is the Death Star still lurking near the Forrest Moon of Endor? Discover new worlds with a knowledgeable planetarium operator as your guide.

    *Up to 3 beers, food, and non-alcoholic beverages included in ticket price.

    Must be age 21+

    $30 members | $33 public

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

    Must be 21+. All events require a minimum number of participants to run. Pre-registration is required.

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  • Artist Lecture Series: "Emergence" | Tony Gant & Christopher M. Gauthier

    (General - Sunday, January 14, 2018)

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    Artist Lecture Series: Emergence

    Featuring Tony Gant & Christopher M. Gauthier

    Sat, Jan 14| 2 pm

    Auditorium

    Are you interested in learning more about what it takes to be an artist? Join us in our lecture series featuring artists from the new exhibition, Emergence: The National Arts of Central Illinois. This lecture will feature Tony Gant, Associate Professor of Art at Knox College and Christopher M. Gauthier, Assistant Professor of Art at Illinois Central College. Learn about their inspirations and what opportunities led them to where they are today.

    To see the full schedule of lectures - click here!

    Free and open to the public

    No reservations required. For more information call 309.686.7000.

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  • ASCE Engineers Week Bridge Contest

    (General - Sunday, February 18, 2018)

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    27th Annual Bridge Contest

    6th, 7th, and 8th grade students! It's time to test your imagination and your technical skill! The Illinois Valley Branch of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) is sponsoring the 27th Annual Bridge Contest.

    THE OBJECTIVE

    Design and construct a bridge using standard 3” x 5” (176 mm x 127 mm) index cards. The winning team will be judged based on team participation, conformance to the design and construction requirements, a written report, and finally, the performance of the bridge under a dead load.

    IMPORTANT DATES

    Thurs, Feb 1: Registration deadline
    Sat, Feb 17: Drop off your bridge at the Peoria Riverfront Museum
    Sun, Feb 18: Contest and awards at the Peoria Riverfront Museum (part of Engineering Day)

    For registration application, click here .
    For rules, click here