• Eclipse Euphoria: How to Enjoy the Total Solar Eclipse

    (General - Thursday, February 29, 2024)

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    Eclipse Euphoria: How to Enjoy the Total Solar Eclipse

    FREE Lecture by Planetarium Director Renae Kerrigan 

    Thursday, February 29 | 6:30 p.m.

    In the Dome Planetarium

    Prepare for an extraordinary celestial spectacle as the United States gears up for the Total Solar Eclipse on April 8, 2024. Learn how to safely observe this wonderful natural phenomena, why eclipses happen, and why you should travel to the path of totality!
    Free event. Eclipse shades will be for sale after the event for $4 apiece.

    Reserve your ticket for this FREE event HERE

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  • Museum Conversations: A'Lelia Bundles

    (General - From Friday, March 1, 2024 until Saturday, March 2, 2024)

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    A Live, In-Person Weekend with A'Lelia Bundles, Biographer and Great-Great-Granddaughter of Madam C.J. Walker

    March 1, 2024 and March 2, 2024 at the Peoria Riverfront Museum


    This March, the Peoria Riverfront Museum is honored to host A'Lelia Bundles, an American journalist and news producer who is known nationally for her 2001 biography of her great-great-grandmother, Madam C.J. Walker: On Her Own Ground .

     A'Lelia Bundles will be in-person at the Peoria Riverfront Museum March 1, 2024 and March 2, 2024 to discuss Madam C.J. Walker's and Annie Turnbo Malone’s complicated relationship, their successful companies and their enduring legacies. She also challenges the myths created by Netflix’s Self Made

    On March 1, 2024, for the first time in history two descendants of Madam C.J. Walker and Annie Malone will be present to discuss the way that their relatives are remembered: in media, in literature, and on the most popular streaming service in the nation, Netflix itself.

    James Agbara Bryson, descendant and historian of Annie Malone as well as A'Lelia Bundles herself will be in attendance and participating in a Q&A segment of the greater overall lecture by Bundles: Mentors, Rivals and Sisterfriends: Madam C.J. Walker and Annie Turnbo Malone. 


    March 1, 2024 | 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 

    Join us in the Peoria Riverfront Museum's Gilmore Auditorium for a live, in-person conversation with A'Lelia Bundles. Bundles has written one of the definitive biographies on Madam C.J. Walker; On Her Own Ground, which earned national recognition and was turned into a mini-series by Netflix. Now, hear Bundles' perspective on the way that her writing and her family's history was depicted by the popular streaming service, and hear her uplift the legacy of Annie Malone, in addition to Madam C.J. Walker. This conversation will have a brief selection of scenes from the Netflix mini-series, and a discussion between Bundles herself and lead curator of museum exhibition Life and Legacy of Annie Malone , Everley Davis. Following the discussion, there will be a book signing. 

    Reserve your place for this FREE program HERE

    March 2, 2024 | 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 

    Join us in the Peoria Riverfront Museum's Giant Screen Theater, where Bundles will present on the historic life of Madam C.J. Walker, followed by a book signing in the museum lobby. There will be brief selections from Netflix's mini-series Self Made, as well as PBS documentary Boss: The Black Experience in Business screened. After Bundles' presentation, there will be a Q&A segment. Bring your books, bring your questions, and enjoy!

    Reserve your place for this FREE program HERE

    Generous support for this project provided by Art Bridges. 

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  • FREE SEMINAR! Cybersecurity Protection for Seniors: Operation Boomerang

    (General - Monday, March 11, 2024)

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    Pearl Technology presents


    Monday, March 25, 2024 | 2 p.m. | in the Giant Screen Theater

    The Peoria Riverfront Museum and Pearl Technology are proud to present a seminar aimed at seniors and/or the adult children who look after their senior parents. 

     This seminar will last about an hour and will talk about how people over 60 years old are the most targeted demographic for scams. The lecture will go through some of these scams and show examples (investment, romance, fake grandchild asking for help, charitable donation solicitation, banking information, etc.) It will also talk about what safeguards seniors should take to stay safe online and on their phones. The material will be presented in easy-to-understand terminology and will include Q&A at the end. 

    This is being offered as a public service and will be free of charge.

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  • Laser Light Night | Movie Magic, Dark Side of the Moon, The Wall

    (General - Saturday, March 16, 2024)

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    Laser Light Nights are back at the DOME featuring an all-new 3D experience & fresh playlist!

    Sit back, relax and rock out with our new laser light system from "the worldwide leader in planetarium laser light shows," Laser Fantasy! Experience the full 3D excitement! The system features a graphics laser projector with special effects, a haze machine & a new beam projector, plus a fresh playlist of 20+ performances, from Beyoncé to The Beatles! Pick up show-enhancing spectrum glasses and refreshments at concessions!

    SAT March 16

    6:00 – Laser Movie Magic (view song list here)
    7:15 – Laser Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon
    8:30 – Laser Pink Floyd: The Wall (view song list here)

    $7 Members | $10 Public

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

    (Note: These shows contain lyrics to popular songs and some may not be suitable for all ages.)

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  • Yoga Under the Stars | March 19

    (General - Tuesday, March 19, 2024)

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    Yoga Under the Stars 

    Join us for an evening of yoga movement under the stars to celebrate the vernal equinox. This evening will feature a 15 minute star talk, showing off our spring constellations. Then Heather will lead a one hour yoga practice, with beautiful stars, nebula and planets dazzling on the dome above.

    The spring equinox in yoga symbolizes a time of inner renewal and balance. Join us for a rejuvenating and gentle flow, as we set our intentions for the new season

    Participants are asked to bring their own mats.

    Each session will be an hour and 15 minutes long.

    Tues, March 19, 6 p.m.

    Doors open at 5:45 p.m. | Event starts at 6 p.m.

    Tickets Here. 

    $20 Members | $25 Public

    All sessions are an hour and 15 minutes in length.

    Limited mats are available, please bring a mat and a light blanket. Doors open at 5:45 pm. 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.

    This program is presented by Sun Collectors with additional support from the Visionary Society and the Planetarium and Science Club.

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  • Disney Fest 2024

    (General - From Friday, March 22, 2024 until Sunday, March 24, 2024)

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    DISNEY FEST 2024

    Friday, March 22, 2024 - Sunday, March 24, 2024

    This March, the Peoria Riverfront Museum becomes the Happiest Place on Earth! Join us, for Disney Fest!

    Disney Fest 2024  brings to life decades of Disney, with special activities that are fun for the whole family! Experience classic Disney films, shorts, and documentaries on the Peoria Riverfront Museum's Giant Screen Theater, the largest Film Society screen in America. 2024's Disney Fest brings more to the movies: join us for a Disney Trivia Night, a Dinner and a Movie experience, and so much more! 

    Renowned Disney author and historian J.B. Kaufman will join us for fascinating pre-film talks and post-film Q&As as well as book signings after select films. Mr. Kaufman is a film historian and author who specializes in Disney animation history and silent films. His books include The Fairest One of All, Pinocchio: The Making of the Disney Epic, and Walt Disney's Mickey Mouse

    Documentarian Theodore Thomas will also be in attendance, for a screening of his 1995 documentary Frank and Ollie. Mr. Thomas is the son of Disney animator Frank Thomas, and will be giving insight into growing up as a 'Disney kid,' the making of Frank and Ollie, which focuses on his father's career, as well as that of Ollie Johnston, another chief animator for Disney.

    For the full schedule of Disney Films, click HERE.

    Programming Schedule:

    Friday, March 22, 2024

    • Disney 100 Trivia and Cocktail Night
      6 p.m. - 8 p.m. 
      Disney is celebrating 100 years of movies, parks, and more! Test your knowledge on all things Disney at this 21+ event. One ticket includes a walking taco bar by Barracks catering, one free drink, and dessert. Costumes encouraged! Bring your best to our costume contest and if you win, take home a Disney-themed prize! Winning trivia team will also receive a prize, including tickets to Disney Fest events.
    • *Teams up to 8 members

      Members: $25
      Non- Members: $30

      Get tickets HERE

    Saturday, March 23, 2024

    • Screening of 101 Dalmatians
      10 a.m. 
      With a brief introduction by author J.B. Kaufman, see this Disney classic as you've never seen it before, on the Giant Screen!
      Get tickets HERE
    • Super Dogs | Service Dog Meet and Greet in Partnership with Wags for Mags
      11:30 a.m. in the Gilmore Auditorium
      Meet local service dogs through Bradley University's student-led organization Wags for Mags
    • Laser Movie Magic 
      12 p.m. in the Dome Planetarium
      Join us for a laser light show featuring all your favorite Disney movies, including songs and visuals from classic Disney films like The Lion King to newer additions to the Disney family like Star Wars!
      Get tickets HERE
    • Screening of Frank and Ollie (1995)
      2:30 p.m. 
      With an introduction by documentarian Theodore Thomas on the incredible story of his father, Frank Thomas, and his tenure as one of Disney's chief animators, along with Ollie Johnston. Thomas will discuss his father's legacy, growing up as a 'Disney kid' and the enduring power of Disney as it moves audiences today. There will be a brief Q&A portion after the documentary. 
      Get tickets HERE
    • Saturday Night Feature: Lady and the Tramp (1955) 
      Dinner at 5:30 p.m. | Film at 6:30 p.m. 
      Join us for a Dinner and a Movie experience based on the classic Disney film Lady and the Tramp (1955.) Enjoy a spaghetti dinner catered by Barracks Catering, one free glass of wine, a themed photo opportunity, and an exclusive talk from J.B. Kaufman and Theodore Thomas. There will be a book signing after the film with Mr. Kaufman. 
      Get tickets for the full Dinner and a Movie experience HERE
      Get tickets for only the film HERE

    Sunday, March 24, 2024 

    • Draw It! A workshop with Joe the Art Guy!
      1 p.m. - 2 p.m. in the Gilmore Auditorium
      The Peoria Riverfront Museum invites you to a drawing workshop with Joe the Art Guy who will show you how to draw realistic and cartoon depictions of all your favorite animals; everything from dogs, horses, kitty cats, birds, and more. Joe will guide you through a step-by-step process, using basic shapes to help you create the animal of your choice! All materials are provided, including sketch paper, pencils, colored pencils and ink. 
      Get tickets HERE
    • Screening of Silly Symphonies Shorts 
      2:30 p.m. 
      Enjoy some of Disney's earliest shorts, the Silly Symphonies! Prepare to laugh and learn, with an introduction by J.B. Kaufman, who will be signing his book Walt Disney's Silly Symphonies- A Companion to the Classic Cartoon Series after the screening. 
      Get tickets HERE
    • Laser Movie Magic 
      4:45 p.m. in the Dome Planetarium
      Join us for a laser light show featuring all your favorite Disney movies, including songs and visuals from classic Disney films like The Lion King to newer additions to the Disney family like Star Wars!
      Get tickets HERE


    Disney Fest 2024 is sponsored by Steve and Jeanine Spain and Visionary Society

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  • Laser Movie Magic

    (General - From Saturday, March 23, 2024 until Sunday, March 24, 2024)

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    Laser Movie Magic brings favorite songs from popular family films and reimagines them using vibrant laser light. Experience favorite hits in an entirely new way. Laser Movie Magic pulls from the soundtracks of The Lion King, Star Wars, Encanto, Frozen, Moana and many more.

    SAT March 23

    12:00 PM Laser Movie Magic (see list of songs here)

    SUN March 24

    4:45 PM Laser Movie Magic (see list of songs here)

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  • Interplanetary 5K Race

    (General - Saturday, March 30, 2024)

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    Run the Planets!

    Interplanetary 5K Race + 1 Mile Fitness Walk

    March 30, 2024 - Register Now!

    Register by March 1 to guarantee a shirt!
    • A family oriented race/walk for participants of all ages. 5K Race for all ages,  1 Mile Fitness Walk,  1/2 Mile Kids' Fun Run
    • Walk or run through portions of the Central Illinois Community Solar System, the world's most complete large scale model of the Solar System
    • Participants will follow the routes of interplanetary explorers through the Solar System, from the Sun - past Mercury, Venus, and Earth - to Mars and back along the Riverfront Trail
    • It's athletic, it's educational, it's fun... for the whole family!


    Peoria Riverfront Museum (packet pickup), Gateway Building (start & finish Line)

    Course: Entirely flat (no hills) along the Riverfront Trail (from Gateway Building to Detweiller Marina)


    Packet Pickup: Friday, March 29, from 12:30-5:30 PM, and race day starting at 7:30 AM, in the museum's auditorium on the lower level.

    March 30, 2024:
    • 7:30-8:30 am: Race day registration; packet pickup
    • 9 am: 5K Race start
    • 9:05 am: 1 Mile Fitness Walk start
    • 9:30 am: Kids' 1/2 Mile Fun Run start
    • Refreshments after 5K race; awards after the Kids' Fun Run

    Participants can choose to receive a race shirt, or skip it for a discount on registration. Must register by March 1 to guarantee a shirt.


    • 5K Race (3.1 miles): $25 ($30 race day), without shirt: $20 ($25 race day)
    • 1 Mile Fitness Walk: $20 ($25 race day), without shirt: $15 ($20 race day)
    • Kids' Fun Run: $15 (includes Terry the Tractor book), without shirt: $10
    • Make checks payable to "Peoria Riverfront Museum"


    Register here!

    You may also fill out this form and mail it in to register.

    All race participants registered by March 1 have the option to receive a gender specific T-shirt. Participants may also choose not to receive a shirt, for a discounted entry fee.


    Included in your packet will be a one day pass to the Peoria Riverfront Museum, a sticker showing your out-of-this-world mileage, a t-shirt (if you chose that option), coupons and more!

    FUN RUN:

    Kids will run in a loop, starting from and ending at the Gateway Building. We will have a runner with them. A parent can run with their child at no extra cost. All kids will receive a medal at the end.


    Awards to overall male and female winners, and top male and female 5K runners in each age division. Certificates for kids and fitness walkers. All kids will receive their choice of a Terry the Tractor book, signed by the author and race director, Mike Rucker.

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  • Solar Eclipse Watch Party

    (General - Monday, April 8, 2024)

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    Presented by Sun Collectors


    Monday, April 8 | 12:30-2:30 PM | On the Peoria Riverfront Museum's Sun Plaza

    On Monday, April 8, there will be a total solar eclipse visible in a narrow path across the United States. If you are able to travel, we highly encourage you to make plans as soon as possible to travel to the path of totality. There is no event in nature that compares to the wonder of a total solar eclipse! You can learn more details and see the path on our website here.

    If you will remain in Peoria on April 8, you will be able to view a partial solar eclipse. The Sun will be about 95% eclipsed by the Moon locally. You need to use eclipse shades, special eye protection, to be able to view this event. Eclipse shades are for sale in the Museum store.
    If you are not traveling to totality, watch the partial eclipse with us at the Museum! The eclipse begins at 12:47 PM. The Sun will be at maximum eclipse locally 2:03 PM. We will have a few solar telescopes available, and activities set up on our Sun Plaza. We will be joined by community partners who will also be teaching about the Sun and Moon.

    The Peoria Riverfront Museum's galleries will be open thanks to the generous support of Art Bridges Foundation's Access for All program.

    Please bring your own lawn chair or picnic blanket. Seating will be limited. Food will be available for purchase from the museum's concession stand, as well as local food trucks. 

    Eclipse Glasses will be on sale at the Museum Store for $4! Glasses will NOT be provided for free.

    Reserve your place on our website HERE

    Visionary Society members reserve your place HERE

    Thank you to our community partners who will join us!

    Peoria Art Guild
    Illinois Art Station
    Peoria Public Library
    The Peoria PlayHouse

    The Solar Eclipse Watch Party is presented by Sun Collectors. Additional support from Visionary Society, Planetarium and Science Club

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