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4th of July Backyard BBQ

6 pm to 10:00 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.

  • Cracked Pepper all-you-can-eat buffet! 
  • Cash bar, Uncle Bob's Homemade Ice Cream, popcorn & snacks!
  • WIRL live remote broadcast
  • Visit “Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids: Mythic Creatures” exhibition, Dome Planetarium & all galleries
  • $5 educational films on the Giant Screen
  • Green Screen Photo Booth sponsored by Advanced Medical Transport
  • Great riverfront viewing from outside or inside
  • Indoor facilities, climate controlled comfort & viewing
  • 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.

  • Avengers: Endgame

    (Theater - Thursday, April 25, 2019)

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    Avengers: Endgame

    Experience it in the Giant Screen Theater – the best film experience in Illinois!

    Buy tickets online now - click here!

    Premieres Thu, Apr 15 6 PM

    Showing Daily Apr 25-May 16

    Adrift in space with no food or water, Tony Stark sends a message to Pepper Potts as his oxygen supply starts to dwindle. Meanwhile, the remaining Avengers -- Thor, Black Widow, Captain America and Bruce Banner -- must figure out a way to bring back their vanquished allies for an epic showdown with Thanos -- the evil demigod who decimated the planet and the universe.

    Rated PG-13. 3h 2m. 

    Buy tickets online now - click here!

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  • Homeschool Fridays

    (General - Friday, April 26, 2019)

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    Homeschool Fridays 

    Fridays, April 26-May 17

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    For more info on Homeschool Friday classes - click here

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

    All supplies provided for classes, workshops, and programs unless otherwise noted. All paid classes, workshops, and 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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  • FREE DAY! Bradley FUSE Interactive Media Day

    (General - Saturday, April 27, 2019)

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    FREE DAY! Bradley FUSE Interactive Exhibition

    Sat, April 27 | 10 am-5 pm

    Activities & all Museum exhibits, Dome Planetarium & Giant Screen Theater Free & Open to the Public

    Bradley’s 5th Annual FUSE show brings award-winning interactive design & high-tech fun to Riverfront Museum!

    Bradley’s 5th annual “FUSE: Play • Watch • Interact” experience takes place throughout the museum and all activities are free and open to the public. Entry is also free to all Museum exhibits, the Dome Planetarium and the Giant Screen Theater.

    The interactive FUSE show, which gets its name from a fusion of art and technology, is intended to engage visitors of all ages with artists and developers, as well as the latest hardware, innovation, and applications.

    The FUSE Experience

    Video Showcase
    The Giant Screen Theater is the only place in Peoria to see a custom, Bradley-designed Compendium Reel featuring current work from award-winning Interactive Media students. The high-resolution video previews departmental projects and the senior Animation students' capstone films.

    Creativity Up Close & Personal
    Stop by and chat with one of our Interactive Media majors; we love sharing our work and enthusiasm and we’d be honored to meet you. The department's Junior and Senior classes will be on hand to display the work they have created.

    Catapult Projects
    Groups of students developed, designed, programmed, and engineered original concepts that offer unique opportunities to watch and interact with not only the exhibits but with the student body who made them.

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  • Relax Under the Stars | May

    (Planetarium - Wednesday, May 1, 2019)

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    Relax Under the Stars | FREE Noon Event!

    Wed, May 1 | Noon-1 pm
    First Wednesday of every month, Noon-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: June 5, July 3, August 7

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

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  • History of America in 101 Objects

    (Theater - Thursday, May 2, 2019)

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    History of America in 101 Objects | Featuring Dr. Richard Kurin

    Thu, May 2 | 7 pm

    Giant Screen Theater

    Join us in welcoming Dr. Richard Kurin, Smithsonian Institution's Distinguished Scholar and Ambassador at Large, to our museum for a special lecture on American Inventions! Dr. Kurin, aided by a team of top Smithsonian curators and scholars, created a literary exhibition of 101 objects from across the Smithsonian's museums that together offer a marvelous new perspective on the history of the United States. Learn more about these objects and American ingenuity!

    A book signing will follow in the lobby.

    Free for Members | $8 Public

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

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

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  • Pollinator Family Day

    (General - Saturday, May 4, 2019)

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    Pollinator Family Day

    Sat, May 4 I 11 am-2 pm

    Lobby

    Join us for a fun-filled Family Day!
    Learn all about pollinators and native plants in this fun and educational event, put on in partnership with the Heart of Illinois Sierra Club. Butterflies, bees, hummingbirds, bats, beetles, and many other pollinators are facing declining populations. Learn about these wonderful creatures and what you can do to help from many community organizations.

    Tickets will be available at the museum for a showing of "Flight of the Butterflies 3D" in our Giant Screen Theater at 11 am!

    Pollinator Day activities are free. 

    Regular admission applies to museum galleries, Planetarium, and Giant Screen Theater films.

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  • Senior Morning Lecture Series | Apollo 11

    (General - Wednesday, May 8, 2019)

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    Senior Morning Lecture Series | Apollo 11

    Wed, May 8 | 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 our presentation is by Planetarium Director, Renae Kerrigan, on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 and the Lunar Landing!

    Enjoy a presentation in the auditorium, then you will be able to explore the museum. Free parking in the covered park deck off of Water Street.

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

    For the full schedule of Senior Morning Lecture Series - click here

    To learn more about Senior Free Days - click here

    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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  • Cabernet & Clay | Wheel Thrown Pottery

    (General - Saturday, May 11, 2019)

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    Cabernet & Clay | Wheel Thrown Pottery

    Sat, May 11 | 6:30-9 pm

    Studio 1

    Sit back, relax, and enjoy the simple pleasure of making something with your own two hands. Local teacher and artist, Al Corpuz, will lead you in a variety of ceramic techniques, including glazing, wheel throwing, and hand-building! Best of all, once you’ve created it, we’ll fire and glaze it for you! All events will include a variety of wine and light snacks, and finished pieces will be ready for pickup within 10 business days.

    $30 members | $36 public

    Register online now - click here.
    Tickets & more info also available at the Museum or by phone: 309.868.7000.

    Ages 21+. 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. If you are interested in scheduling a private Cabernet & Clay for a special occasion or for your organization, contact Shelby at 309.863.3015.

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  • Art Club | May

    (General - Tuesday, May 14, 2019)

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    Art Club

    Tue, May 14 | 1 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 Andrea del Verrochio.
    If you would like to discuss a piece please email: slessen@peoriariverfrontmuseum.org.

    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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  • Tiny Tot Explorers | May

    (General - Thursday, May 16, 2019)

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    Tiny Tot Explorers

    Thu, May 16 | 11:30 am-Noon

    IL River Classroom

    Join us every third Thursday for Tiny Tot Explorers! Preschoolers and their adult caregivers will enjoy a story and hands-on art or science activities related to the book. Each month will have a different theme that correlates to one or more of the museum’s pillars of art, science, history and achievement!

    Free for members and with general admission.

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  • The Art of the Brick | The World's Most Elaborate Display of LEGO® Art opens

    (General - From Saturday, May 25, 2019 until Monday, September 2, 2019)

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    The Art of the Brick | The World's Most Elaborate Display of LEGO® Art

    May 25 - September 1, 2019

    Presented by CEFCU

    THE ART OF THE BRICK takes LEGO somewhere you wouldn’t expect and shows you things you have never seen before. The goal with this collection of art is to demonstrate the potential of imagination and the power of creativity.- Nathan Sawaya, artist

    THE ART OF THE BRICK, a captivating touring exhibition, features intriguing works of art made exclusively from one of the most recognizable toys in the world, the LEGO® brick. This critically acclaimed collection of creative and inspiring pieces constructed using only LEGO bricks is created by renowned contemporary artist Nathan Sawaya.

    Designed to inspire ingenuity and creativity, is the world's most elaborate display of LEGO brick art, featuring more than 100 artworks. The collection highlights original pieces as well as re-imagined versions of some of the world's most famous masterpieces made exclusively from LEGO bricks, such as van Gogh's "Starry Night" and da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" as well as a gallery showcasing an innovative, multimedia collection of LEGO brick-infused photography produced in tandem with award-winning photographer Dean West.

    Visitors will have the opportunity to get up-close and in-person with the fan favorite, "Yellow," a life-size sculpture of a man ripping his chest open with thousands of yellow LEGO bricks cascading from the cavity. In addition, visitors will be able to walk under a 20-foot-long T-Rex dinosaur skeleton made out of bricks and come face-to-face with a giant LEGO skull. 

    THE ART OF THE BRICK is the first major museum exhibition to use LEGO bricks as the sole art medium. Sawaya transforms LEGO bricks into tremendous and thought-provoking sculptures, elevating the toy to the realm of art. Sawaya’s ability to transform this common toy into something meaningful, his devotion to spatial perfection and the way he conceptualizes action, enables him to elevate what almost every child has played with into the status of contemporary art. 

    Interactive Activity Area

    THE ART OF THE BRICK is sure to inspire the artist within. Take inspiration from Sawaya’s artwork to create your own LEGO brick sculptures in an interactive activity area, where you can build whatever you can imagine.

    Exhibition sponsors

    The Peoria Riverfront Museum gratefully acknowledges our exhibition presenter, CEFCU, and our exhibition sponsors, the Gilmore Foundation and the Visionary Society.

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  • Wine & Cheese Under the Stars

    (Planetarium - Saturday, May 25, 2019)

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    Sat, May 25 | 7-9 pm

    Dome Planetarium

    Relax and enjoy a variety of wine, gourmet cheese and crackers under a spectacular full-dome night sky. We will start the evening with a tour of the night sky, finding constellations and planets. After a break to socialize and ask our astronomy expert your questions, we will fly through the Solar System and beyond with our immersive Uniview software. 2019 is the 50th anniversary of Apollo missions 9-12, including Apollo 11, the first landing on the Moon. Learn about the history of the Apollo program and take a tour of the landing sites while enjoying wine and cheese in our beautiful planetarium.

    Guests will receive up to three glasses of wine or soda, and a variety of cheese & crackers with paid admission. Doors open at 6:50 pm.

    $30 members | $36 public

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

    Ages 21+. Up to 3 glasses of wine included in ticket. 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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  • Wine & Art | Keith Haring, "Figures"

    (General - Saturday, May 25, 2019)

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    Wine & Art | Keith Haring, Figures

    Sat, May 25 | 7-9 pm

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    Spend the evening relaxing and creating at one of our Wine & Art Night events! Local artist, Eugene Nana Ekow Maison, will guide you in creating your own unique version of Keith Haring's Figures! All materials, wine and light snacks are provided. Seating is limited, so register early!

    Ages 21+

    $30 Members | $36 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. If you are interested in scheduling a private Wine & Art for a special occasion or for your organization, contact Shelby at 309.863.3015.

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  • Museum After Dark | Bricktastic Luau

    (General - Saturday, June 1, 2019)

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    Museum After Dark | Bricktastic Luau

    Sat, Jun 1 | 7-10 pm

    Put on your best Hawaiian shirt and join us for a night of brick building and tropical fun! Sign up for the limbo contest, participate in brick building challenges, and play Bricktionary against your pals! If you are brave enough, attempt the brick fire walk on Sun Plaza. You’ll also have the opportunity to view our amazing current exhibition, The Art of the Brick, without kiddos around!

    Plus, in the Museum Lobby:
    Science demos and hands-on activities: 3D printer demos, island art projects, & more!
    Strike your best hula pose & take your photo in paradise with our Green Screen Photo Booth.

    A cash bar will be available with beer and wine, plus a tropical signature drink – Red Brick Punch!

    Ages 21+

    $15 for members | $20 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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  • Relax Under the Stars | June

    (Planetarium - Wednesday, June 5, 2019)

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    Relax Under the Stars  |  FREE Noon Event!

    Wed, Jun 5 | 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: July 3, August 7, September 4

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

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  • Art Club | June

    (General - Tuesday, June 11, 2019)

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    Art Club

    Tue, Jun 11 | 1-2 pm

    Boardroom

    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 Max Ernst!

    If you would like to discuss a piece please email: 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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  • Robo Rumble | FREE DAY!

    (General - Saturday, June 15, 2019)

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    Robo Rumble | FREE DAY*!

     Sat, Jun 15 | Noon-5 pm

    Lobby, Sun Plaza, Auditorium

    Experience the exciting world of robotics as area teams demonstrate their robots in this family-friendly annual event. Come out and try your hands on one of these robots, other hands on activities, and connect with these amazing high school students to learn how your kids can get involved with these programs!

    Free for Members | Public - Free General Admission. Giant Screen Theater is not included.
    *Up-charge applies to The Art of the Brick | The World's Most Elaborate Display of LEGO® Art ($7 adults, $6 seniors, $5 children)

    For more info call 309.686.7000.

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  • GeekFest

    (General - Saturday, June 29, 2019)

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    GeekFest

    Sat, Jun 29

    All ages fun! Games, building bricks, cosplay, costume contest & more!

    Experience the Museum transformed into a nerdy night to remember at our 2nd annual GeekFest: Round 2. Challenge friends and family to video games, explore our new Art of the Brick exhibition, enjoy "Laser Floyd" and 20-minute live Uniview shows in the Dome Planetarium! Throughout the night there will be awesome panels, fabulous door prizes, awesome exhibitions in the galleries, vendors selling geeky wares and showing off cool stuff in the auditorium, as well as a juried costume contest (Be sure to review our Cosplay and Costuming Weapons Policy)

    All ages welcome; under 16 cannot be admitted without a parent.

    $15 Members | $20 Public

    Buy tickets online now - click here.
    Tickets & more info also available at the Museum or by phone: 309-686-7000.

    Miyazaki Fest in the Giant Screen Theater:
    Noon | Princess Mononoke 
    2:30 pm | Kiki's Delivery Service
    5 pm | Howl's Moving Castle - 15th Anniversary!
    7:30 pm | Spirited Away - Academy Award-winning Animated Film

    Get $2 off admission to GeekFest when you purchase a ticket to one Miyazaki Film - discount only available in person or by phone 309.686.7000. Or show your Miyazaki Film ticket day of & get $2 off GeekFest admission!

    For film descriptions - click here

    Interested in being a vendor, panelist, or activity provider? For more info - click here.  

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