GeekFest 2018

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GeekFest 2018

Sat, Jul 21  |  5-9 pm

All ages fun! Games, creatures, cosplay, costume contest & more!

Join the museum programs staff for a nerdy night to remember at our first ever GeekFest. Challenge friends and family to "Super Smash Brothers," explore our new "Mythic Creatures: Dragons Unicorns & Mermaids" exhibition, enjoy "Laser Floyd" and play "Star Wars" trivia in the Dome Planetarium! Join La Vie Cosplay for a Q&A panel discussion: “Cosplay Tips and Tricks” on the tips and tricks to leveling up your cosplays. Throughout the night there will be fabulous door prizes, jumbo-sized games in the galleries, vendors selling geeky wares and showing off cool stuff, as well as a juried costume contest! 

Spirited Away Academy Award-winning Animated Film  |  Giant Screen Theater  |  6 pm  (film tickets separate; to purchase - click here)

Partners

  • Tabletop game room provided by Just for Fun Games, plus games for sale
  • Comic books, art, and paraphernalia by Acme Comics 
  • Makers Demos with 3D printers, laser cutters and more by River City Labs
  • Books for sale by The Book Nook
  • Interactive Q&A Panel by La Vie Cosplay
  • Kona Ice
  • and much more!

$15 Members | $18 Public

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

  • Classic Film Series | Jaws

    (Theater - Thursday, July 26, 2018)

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    Jaws

    Thu, Jul 26 | 6 PM

    Giant Screen Theater

    Hosted by Greg Gerontes

    When a young woman is killed by a shark while skinny-dipping near the New England tourist town of Amity Island, police chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) wants to close the beaches, but mayor Larry Vaughn (Murray Hamilton) overrules him, fearing that the loss of tourist revenue will cripple the town. Ichthyologist Matt Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) and grizzled ship captain Quint (Robert Shaw) offer to help Brody capture the killer beast, and the trio engage in an epic battle of man vs. nature.

    Members: 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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  • St. Peter’s and the Papal Basilicas of Rome 3D

    (Theater - From Friday, July 27, 2018 until Sunday, July 29, 2018)

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    St. Peter’s and the Papal Basilicas of Rome 3D
    Co-Sponsored by The Fine Arts Society of Peoria

    Giant Screen Theater

    Fri, July 27 | 6 PM | Members Only Preview
    Sat, July 28 | 6 PM
    Sun, July 29 | 4 PM

    St Peter’s and the Papal Basilicas of Rome 3D takes viewers on a journey through the four Papal Basilicas in Rome and their treasures: St. Peter’s (one of the 25 destinations most visited by travellers from all over the world), St. John in the Lateran, St. Mary Major and St. Paul Outside the Walls. Explore four majestic buildings – each with a precious papal altar, each a treasure trove of timeless works of art and a destination for millions of travelers and pilgrims over the centuries.
    Running time: 90 min

    Members: 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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  • Girl Scout Overnight at the Museum

    (General - From Saturday, July 28, 2018 until Sunday, July 29, 2018)

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    Girl Scout Overnight at the Museum

    Sat, Jul 28-Sun, Jul 29

    Museum Overnight is a rare chance for Girl Scouts and their families to spend a night at the museum. Join us for a night filled with crafts and activities, a chance to explore the Mythic Creatures exhibit, and sleep under the stars in the planetarium!

    For more information, read the What to Expect Guide. Liability Waiver 
    Medical Waiver

    $45 Scouts l $15 Chaperone

    Reserve tickets through the Girl Scout event page here.
    More info available at the Museum or by phone: 309.686.7000.

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  • Relax Under the Stars | August

    (Planetarium - Wednesday, August 1, 2018)

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    Relax Under the Stars  |  FREE Noon Event!

    Wed, Aug 1 | 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: September 5, October 3, November 7, December 5

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

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  • Wine & Art | Coat of Arms

    (General - Saturday, August 4, 2018)

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    Wine & Art | Coat of Arms

    Sat, Aug 4 | 7-9 pm

    Studio 2

    Spend the evening relaxing and creating at one of our Wine & Art Night events! Jack Daleske will guide you in creating you own unique family coat of arms to take home with you! All materials, wine and light snacks are provided. Seating is limited, so register early!

    $30 members | $36 public

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

    Must be age 21+. Pre-registration required. To schedule a private workshop, and or Wine & Art Night, call Shelby Lessen at 309.863.3015. All supplies provided for workshops unless otherwise noted. All paid workshops require a minimum number of participants to run or will be cancelled two business days prior to the start date. 

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  • The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Marathon

    (Theater - Saturday, August 4, 2018)

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    The Lord of the Rings Trilogy Marathon

    Sat, Aug 4

    Giant Screen Theater

    Experience the complete extended editions of the Lord Of The Rings trilogy, back-to-back-to-back! Come prepared for a day-long event of unrivaled cinematic epic-ness as we showcase these spectacular films on the Giant Screen!

    Ticket includes “The One Ring” souvenir necklace!

    10 AM – The Fellowship of the Ring
    The future of civilization rests in the fate of the One Ring, which has been lost for centuries. Powerful forces are unrelenting in their search for it. But fate has placed it in the hands of a young Hobbit named Frodo Baggins (Elijah Wood), who inherits the Ring and steps into legend. A daunting task lies ahead for Frodo when he becomes the Ringbearer - to destroy the One Ring in the fires of Mount Doom where it was forged.

    2:30 PM – The Two Towers
    Frodo and Sam (Sean Astin) discover they are being followed by the mysterious Gollum. Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen), the Elf archer Legolas and Gimli the Dwarf encounter the besieged Rohan kingdom, whose once great King Theoden has fallen under Saruman's deadly spell.

    7:15 PM – The Return of the King
    "The Return of the King" presents the final confrontation between the forces of good and evil fighting for control of the future of Middle-earth. Hobbits Frodo and Sam reach Mordor in their quest to destroy the `one ring', while Aragorn leads the forces of good against Sauron's evil army at the stone city of Minas Tirith.

    $30 Members | $35 Public

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

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  • Creatures in the River!

    (General - Saturday, August 4, 2018)

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    Creatures in the River!

    Sat, Aug 4 | 10-11 am

    Illinois River Classroom & Lab

    Join in the Mythic Creatures fun and discover the big and microscopic animals living in the Illinois River, nearby streams, and ponds! Fish have their own story to tell, and small macro-invertebrate nymphs, larvae, and snails give us an indication of water quality. We’ll also test the water for the presence of some chemicals that influence its habitability. 

    Ages 8-12

    $10 Members | $12 Public

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

    All supplies provided for workshops unless otherwise noted. All paid workshops 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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  • The Wizard of Oz 3D

    (Theater - Friday, August 10, 2018)

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    The Wizard of Oz 3D

    Fri, Aug 10 | 6 PM

    Giant Screen Theater

    Get ready for the Hollis Park District's Oz Fest Illinois with a special showing of The Wizard of Oz in 3D!

    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.

    Members: 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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  • Laser Light Night | Laser Floyd

    (Planetarium - Saturday, August 11, 2018)

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    LASER LIGHT NIGHT | Laser Floyd

    Sat, Aug 11 
    6 pm  |  Laser Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon
    7 pm  |  Laser Floyd: The Wall 

    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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  • Art Club | August

    (General - Tuesday, August 14, 2018)

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    Art Club

    Tue, Aug 14 | 1-2 pm

    Auditorium

    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 TBD!

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

    Free to members & with general admission.

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

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  • Story Time in the Galleries | August

    (General - Thursday, August 16, 2018)

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    Story Time in the Galleries

    Thu, Aug 16 | 10:30-11:15 am

    Lobby

    Join in the fantastic fun this summer with a local librarian reading a story in the museum's galleries! Come hear a story that relates to an object in the Museum, and then hear more about the gallery from a museum educator. Families should meet in the lobby and will travel together to the gallery.
    Program is intended for younger audiences.

    Free for members & with paid general admission

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  • Classic Film Series | Sunset Boulevard

    (Theater - Thursday, August 16, 2018)

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    Sunset Boulevard

    Thu, Aug 16 | 6 PM

    Guest Speaker: Jennifer Ritchrath

    An aging silent film queen refuses to accept that her stardom has ended. She hires a young screenwriter to help set up her movie comeback. The screenwriter believes he can manipulate her, but he soon finds out he is wrong. The screenwriters ambivalence about their relationship and her unwillingness to let go leads to a situation of violence, madness, and death. Dir. Billy Wilder. 1950.

    Members: 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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  • Unicorn Day

    (General - Saturday, August 18, 2018)

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    Unicorn Day 

    Sat, Aug 18 | 11 am-2 pm

    Lobby

    This summer, join in the Mythic Creatures fun with hands-on art and science activities featuring unicorns in the Museum Lobby! Take home your creations to keep the myth alive.  

    Free for Members | $2 Public 

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  • Cub Scout Overnight at the Museum

    (General - From Saturday, August 18, 2018 until Sunday, August 19, 2018)

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    Cub Scout Overnight at the Museum

    Sat, Aug 18-Sun Aug 19

    Museum Overnight is a rare chance for Cub Scouts and their families to spend a night at the museum. Join us for a night filled with crafts and activities, a chance to explore Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Mermaids, & Unicorns, and sleeping under the stars in the planetarium!

    For more information, read the What to Expect Guide.
    Liability Waiver
    Medical Waiver

    $45 Scouts l $15 Chaperone

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

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  • Museum After Dark

    (General - Friday, August 24, 2018)

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    Museum After Dark

    Fri, Aug 24 | 7-9 pm

    Grab a friend and get ready for an other-worldly party! You’ll start off with a self-guided tour of our "Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids" exhibit, where you can immerse yourself in the creatures that have gripped the world imaginations and the cultures where they began. Enjoy two free drinks, light snacks, and hands-on activities and demos in the lobby.

    Ages 21+

    $30 Members | $36 Public

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

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  • Classic Film Series | Touch of Evil

    (Theater - Thursday, August 30, 2018)

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    Touch of Evil

    Thu, Aug 30 | 6 PM

    Guest Speaker: Steve Tarter

    When a car bomb explodes on the American side of the U.S./Mexico border, Mexican drug enforcement agent Miguel Vargas (Charlton Heston) begins his investigation, along with American police captain Hank Quinlan (Orson Welles). When Vargas begins to suspect that Quinlan and his shady partner, Menzies (Joseph Calleia), are planting evidence to frame an innocent man, his investigations into their possible corruption quickly put himself and his new bride, Susie (Janet Leigh), in jeopardy. Dir. Orson Welles. 1958. PG-13.

    Members: 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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  • Fantastic Fantasy: Wands, Potions, & More!

    (General - Saturday, September 1, 2018)

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    Fantastic Fantasy: Wands, Potions, & More!

    Sat, Sep 1 | 10-11:30 am

    Studio 2

    Join in for spells, potions, mythic creatures, wand making, and more! Take a tour of the new summer exhibition, Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns, & Mermaids, create potions, design your own wand, and more!

    Ages 10-16

    $12 Members | $15 Public

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

    All supplies provided for workshops unless otherwise noted. All paid workshops 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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