Events

  • Summer Camp at the Museum

    (General - From Monday, June 8, 2020 until Friday, August 7, 2020)

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    Summer Camp at the Museum | Canceled

    Every year, the Peoria Riverfront Museum aims to offer a fun-filled, impactful program for our summer camp family. Our top priority is always the safety of the children, counselors and staff. In light of continued uncertainties caused by COVID-19, we have made the difficult decision to cancel 2020 summer camp sessions that were to be held in June, July and August. While the welfare of the community was at the forefront of this conclusion, we deeply regret the disappointment this announcement brings to our campers who look forward to this annual escape. Please know that we are exploring “at home” camp opportunities that will allow us to remotely connect. We will continue to communicate updates on this effort. In the meantime, check out the virtual Peoria Riverfront Museum and all of its online programs and content.

    Thank you for your support.

    If you have questions or would like information on a refund for your registration, please contact Heather, Program Manager at hplacko@peoriariverfrontmuseum.org.

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  • Music Mondays | Mindy Watkins LIVE Sessions

    (General - Monday, July 6, 2020)

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    Music Mondays | Year of the Guitar LIVE SESSIONS on Facebook

    Mindy Watkins LIVE

    Mon, Jul 6 | 5 pm

    Live on Peoria Riverfront Museum's Facebook Page (@riverfrontmuseum)

    Join us for FREE Music Mondays | Year of the Guitar LIVE SESSIONS on Peoria Riverfront Museum's Facebook page, as Central Illinoisans and accomplished guitar musicians bring live concerts to your living room!

    Mindy Watkins

    Peoria native, singer-songwriter and music teacher, Mindy Watkins celebrates “The Year of the Guitar” with a live acoustic performances from her living room. Mindy writes her own music and lyrics and studied vocal performance at the University of Illinois and University of Colorado (Boulder), graduating with a Bachelor of Music from Colorado. She received her teaching certification in music education from Bradley University and has been teaching music for 16 years, including voice, guitar, piano, ukulele, performance and theory. She recently completed her debut album in Athens, Georgia with Grammy nominated John Keane.

    Post-concert videos will be posted on our YouTube channel in our "Year of the Guitar" playlist!

    Sponsored by Visionary Society.

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  • Summer Blockbusters | Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park, Jaws, The Empire Strikes Back

    (General - From Wednesday, July 8, 2020 until Saturday, July 11, 2020)

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    RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK

    Wed, Jul 8 | 2 pm & 6 pm

    In 1936, archaeologist and adventurer Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) is hired by the U.S. government to find the Ark of the Covenant before Adolf Hitler's Nazis can obtain its awesome powers. Directed by Steven Spielberg, 1981. 1h 55m. Rated PG.

    Purchase tickets online HERE!

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    JURASSIC PARK

    Thu, Jul 9 | 2 pm & 6 pm

    During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok. Starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum & Sir Richard Attenborough. Directed by Steven Spielberg, 1993. Written by Michael Crichton. 2h 7m. Rated PG-13.

    Purchase tickets online HERE!

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    JAWS

    Fri, Jul 10 | 2 pm & 6 pm

    When a killer shark unleashes chaos on a beach community, it's up to a local sheriff (Roy Scheider), a marine biologist (Richard Dreyfuss), and an old seafarer (Robert Shaw) to hunt the beast down. Directed by Steven Spielberg, 1975. 2h 4m. Rated PG.

    Purchase tickets online HERE!

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    THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK | STAR WARS EPISODE V

    Sat, Jul 11 | 2 pm & 6 pm

    After the Rebels are brutally overpowered by the Empire on the ice planet Hoth, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) begins Jedi training with Yoda (Frank Oz, voice), while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader (David Prowse; James Earl Jones, voice) and a bounty hunter named Boba Fett (Jeremy Bulloch) all over the galaxy. Also starring Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams & Alec Guiness. Directed by Irvin Kershner, 1980. Story by George Lucas. 2h 4m. Rated PG.

    Purchase tickets online HERE!

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  • Viewing Room LIVE on Facebook | Peoria's Duryea: America's First Marketed Gas-Powered Car

    (General - Thursday, July 9, 2020)

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    Viewing Room LIVE | Peoria's Duryea: America's First Marketed Gas-Powered Car

    Thu, Jul 9 | 6 pm

    Peoria Riverfront Museum's Facebook page (@riverfrontmuseum)

    Peoria Heights brothers Charles and J. Frank Duryea are credited as the first Americans to design, mass-produce and market a gasoline-powered car - ahead of Henry Ford. Join Curator of History, Lottie Fiddes and local Duryea expert, Mike Rucker, for a conversation about the Duryea brothers and the manufacturing of the gasoline powered Duryea Motor Trap here in Peoria, Illinois.

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  • Wildlife + Nature Photography Contest

    (General - Friday, July 10, 2020)

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    Would you like your artwork displayed by the Peoria Riverfront Museum? Here is your chance!

    To enter, photograph wildlife and nature with your camera of choice. Only entries that are submitted digitally and 8''x10' or smaller will be accepted. One or more members of the Peoria Riverfront Museum’s curatorial staff will serve as the contest’s judge.

    For more information - click here.

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  • Laser Light Night | Journey, 80's, Vinyl

    (General - Saturday, July 11, 2020)

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    Laser Light Night: Journey, 80's, Vinyl 

    Dome Planetarium 

    Sat, Jul 11
    6 pm | Laser Journey
    7:15 pm | That 80's Laser Show
    8:30 pm | Laser Vinyl (Classic Rock Mix)

    Sit back, relax, look up and rock out! Listen to some of your favorite music from The Beatles - while being dazzled with 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.)

    $5 Members | $7 Public
    *Multi-show discount available: $2 off for 2 shows & $3 off for three shows per patron.

    (For combo price tickets call 309.686.7000 or visit the ticket desk in 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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  • Music Mondays | Kate Larson LIVE Sessions

    (General - From Monday, July 13, 2020 until Monday, July 27, 2020)

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    Music Mondays | Year of the Guitar LIVE SESSIONS on Facebook

    Kate Larson LIVE

    Mon, Jul 13 & 27 | 5 pm

    Live on Peoria Riverfront Museum's Facebook Page (@riverfrontmuseum)

    Join us for FREE Music Mondays | Year of the Guitar LIVE SESSIONS on Peoria Riverfront Museum's Facebook page, as Central Illinoisans and accomplished guitar musicians bring live concerts to your living room!

    Kate Larson

    Hey everybody! I'm Kate Larson, a singer-songwriter from the suburbs of Chicago. I'm 14, and my favorite thing in the whole entire world, is sharing stories with people, all through music. Music has always been that one thing for me that could be shared between anybody, and connect any two people, and that's such a crazy, special, thing. Music, and singing is the core of my world, and has been for as long as I can remember. My hope is that these songs really do fill up people's souls just as much as they fill up mine. I truly believe music can and will take you so many places- it can change the world, and it's so beautiful to me to be able to reach people that way. Looking forward to playing for you guys! Hope you all are doing well out there!!
    Instagram: @katelarsonmusic
    YouTube Channel: KateLarsonMusic

    Post-concert videos will be posted on our YouTube channel in our "Year of the Guitar" playlist!

    Sponsored by Visionary Society.

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  • Virtual Art Club via Zoom | Featuring artist, Alexander Martin

    (General - Tuesday, July 14, 2020)

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    Virtual Art Club via Zoom

    Featuring artist, Alexander Martin

    Tue, Jul 14 | 1 pm

    Join us for our inaugural virtual Art Club! Art Club is a monthly meeting of people who love art. Each month we hear about a different artist or topic. We encourage artists to come talk about their own work, a style they love, or another artist they admire. Enjoy a casual discussion with PowerPoint slides. Participants are encouraged, though not required, to ask questions and discuss pieces of art presented.

    This month, artist Alexander Martin will be presenting their own work while you enjoy coffee and treats at your home.

    Join in the ZOOM Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86235799564
    Meeting ID: 862 3579 9564

    If you would like to present at Art Club on your own work, discuss an artist, a style, or an art movement, please email: hplacko@peoriariverfrontmuseum.org

    For more info or upcoming dates - click here.

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  • Virtual Space Family Night | New Missions to Mars!

    (General - Thursday, July 16, 2020)

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    Virtual Space Family Night | New Missions to Mars!
    Facebook LIVE

    Thu, Jul 16 | 6 pm

    Peoria Riverfront Museum Facebook page: @riverfrontmuseum

    NASA is set to launch two new robots to the Red Planet this summer: the rover Perseverance, and the first helicopter to fly on another world, Ingenuity. Hang out with us to learn about the new mission, the exciting missions that came before, and how you can follow the launch and landings at home. Questions are welcomed and encouraged!

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  • Music Mondays | John Cardoni LIVE Sessions

    (General - Monday, July 20, 2020)

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    Music Mondays | Year of the Guitar LIVE SESSIONS on Facebook

    John Cardoni LIVE

    Mon, Jul 20 | 5 pm

    Live on Peoria Riverfront Museum's Facebook Page (@riverfrontmuseum)

    Join us for FREE Music Mondays | Year of the Guitar LIVE SESSIONS on Peoria Riverfront Museum's Facebook page, as Central Illinoisans and accomplished guitar musicians bring live concerts to your living room!

    John Cardoni

    John Cardoni is an Adjunct Instructor of Guitar at Belmont University, where he teaches commercial guitar lessons, guitar class, and performs with the Faculty Jazz Group. He regularly performs across the country with Nashville-based bands and artists. Currently he works with the 12 South Band, a high-end corporate band. From 2013 to 2015 he was lead guitarist and musical director for American Idol alum Josh Gracin. He also performed on stage with Amy Grant, Danny Gottlieb, Chester Thompson, Kristin Kelly, Maynard Ferguson, Paul Galbraith, Laura Bell Bundy, and Amber Carrington (The Voice). In addition, he opened for Little Richard, Earth Wind & Fire, Laurence Juber (guitarist for Wings), Norbert Putnam, NEEDTOBREATHE, Craig Morgan, Keith Anderson, J.T. Hodges, Antigravity, Freckled Sky, and Blue Rodeo. So far Mr. Cardoni has recorded nine albums with four different bands, along with various session and demo work. For six years he helped lead a 9-piece funk/fusion band called Public Display of Funk (they were young). The band recorded three albums that featured many of his original compositions and arrangements. He recorded four more records with an original alt-country/rock group called The Micah Walk Band. In his spare time, he works on producing original tracks for licensing and writing solo guitar arrangements.

    Mr. Cardoni earned his M.M. in Commercial Music with an emphasis in guitar performance from Belmont University in 2013. His graduate recital and thesis paper focused on the music and playing styles of Nashville guitarists over the years. That research involved interviewing greats such as John Knowles (C.G.P.), Guthrie Trapp, Kenny Vaughan, Jack Pearson, and Brent Mason. Mr. Cardoni received his B.M. in Commercial Music from Millikin University in 2004. His undergraduate studies centered on both classical and jazz guitar, music theory, arranging, and recording studio work. In 2008 Mr. Cardoni joined the Millikin faculty. He taught classical and commercial guitar lessons, directed the secondary guitar ensemble, and led a pop/rock combo. He also composed and arranged multiple pieces for classical guitar ensemble. His arrangement of “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” featured as the title track for a 2010 Christmas album by the Millikin Guitar Ensemble.

    Contact: john.cardoni@adjuncts.belmont.edu

    Post-concert videos will be posted on our YouTube channel in our "Year of the Guitar" playlist!

    Sponsored by Visionary Society.

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  • Viewing Room LIVE on Facebook | Illinois Women and the Fight for the Vote

    (General - Thursday, July 23, 2020)

    Viewing Room LIVE | Illinois Women and the Fight for the Vote

    Thu, Jul 23 | 6 pm

    Peoria Riverfront Museum's Facebook page (@riverfrontmuseum)

    A century ago, Illinois women fought a long, hard battle for full citizenship and the chance to improve society through their electoral power. In 1913 they won an important victory: the right to vote in federal and municipal elections. In 1919, Illinois was the first state to ratify the 19th amendment granting all American women the right to vote.

    Join Curator of History, Lottie Fiddes, and Director of the Evanston Women's History Project, Lori Osborne LIVE on Facebook to discuss Illinois women's struggles, their accomplishments and failures, their vision of social change, and their legacy.

    Lori Osborne is director of the Evanston Women’s History Project, a community-wide project to document the significant contributions Evanston women have made to the community. She also serves as the director of the Frances Willard House Museum in Evanston, Illinois.
    Osborne currently serves on the board of the National Collaborative for Women’s History Sites (NCWHS) which works to increase the level of women’s history interpretation at all historic sites. She is the Illinois Coordinator for the Votes for Women Trail, which is a NCWHS project in honor of the 100th Anniversary of the 19th (Suffrage) Amendment. She also serves on the Women’s Suffrage Anniversary Committee of the League of Women Voters of Illinois. Osborne holds a Master’s Degree in English Literature from the University of Chicago and a Master’s Degree in Public History from Loyola University Chicago.

  • Laser Light Night | Beatles, 80's, Journey

    (General - Saturday, August 8, 2020)

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    Laser Light Night: Journey, 80's, Vinyl

    Dome Planetarium

    Sat, Aug 8
    6 pm | Laser Beatles
    7:15 pm | That 80’s Laser Show
    8:30 pm | Laser Journey

    Sit back, relax, look up and rock out! Listen to some of your favorite music from The Beatles - while being dazzled with 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.)

    $5 Members | $7 Public
    *Multi-show discount available: $2 off for 2 shows & $3 off for three shows per patron.

    (For combo price tickets call 309.686.7000 or visit the ticket desk in person)

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

    Click Here for the full Laser Light Nights Schedule

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