Events

  • "Double Double" Shakespeare for Young Audiences!

    (General - From Thursday, June 21, 2018 until Friday, June 22, 2018)

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    "Double Double" Shakespeare for Young Audiences!

    Thu, Jun 21 | 10-10:40 am

    Fri, Jun 22 | 10-10:40 am

    Sculpture Garden

    Join the Museum in welcoming a performance of "Double Double" by the Theatre for Young Audiences troupe of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival!

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    "Double Double" by Nancy Steele Brokaw
    Directed by Enrico Spada

    Want to meet William Shakespeare AND Abraham Lincoln? How about three dastardly witches, a king or two, and a funny talking wall? You can! They are together in Double, Double, a fun, fast-paced show for the young and young-at-heart. Look over there! That's Abraham Lincoln sitting on a bench outside the McLean County Courthouse. He's wrestling with a decision that will change his life and the life of his country. Who can help him? Why, William Shakespeare, of course! This beloved writer has been Lincoln's go-to guy since childhood. Both Lincoln and Shakespeare rose from humble beginnings to outshine expectations and they will teach you how to do that, too. Join us as we meet two of history's biggest superstars, hear real Shakespeare words, have some laughs, be inspired, and even learn a line or two.

    https://illinoisshakes.com/plays/theatre-for-young-audiences/

    Free & Open to the Public

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  • Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids Exhibition Opens!

    (Exhibit - Saturday, June 23, 2018)

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    Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids Exhibition Opens!

    Jun 23-Sep 30

    International Features Gallery 

    The world is full of stories about brave heroes, magical events, and fantastic beings. For thousands of years, humans everywhere - sometimes inspired by living animals or even fossils - have brought mythic creatures to life in stories, songs, and works of art.

    Today these creatures, from the powerful dragon to the soaring phoenix, continue to thrill, terrify, entertain, and inspire us. We seem to catch glimpses of these creatures all around us: hiding beneath the ocean waves, running silently through the forest, and soaring among the clouds. Some symbolize danger. Others, we think, can bring us luck or joy.

    Together mythic creatures give shape to humankind's greatest hopes, fears, and most passionate dreams.

    Thank you to our Mythic Creatures sponsors!

    Presenting sponsor: PNC Foundation; sponsors: Illinois Mutual & the Visionary Society

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    Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids: Mythic Creatures is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York (amnh.org) in collaboration with the Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney; Canadian Museum of History, Gatineau-Quebec; Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Atlanta; and The Field Museum, Chicago.

    For more information - click here!

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  • Mythic Creatures: Culture Day

    (General - Saturday, June 23, 2018)

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    Mythic Creatures Culture Day

    Sat, Jun 23 | 11 am-2 pm 

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    Cultures from all over the world have their own myths and legends, starring their own creatures! Learn from local organizations about some of the cultures featured in “Mythic Creatures: Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids”, and explore the new exhibition on opening day.
    *Special Member-only hour from 10-11 with Member exclusive activities and light treats.

    FREE for members & with General Admission

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  • Dragon Day

    (General - Saturday, June 30, 2018)

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    Dragon Day 

    Sat, Jun 30 | 11 am - 2 pm

    Lobby

    Join in the Mythic Creatures fun with activities featuring Dragons! 

    Free for Members | $2 Public 

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  • 4th of July Backyard BBQ

    (General - Wednesday, July 4, 2018)

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    6 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
    “Dragons, Unicorns & Mermaids: Mythic Creatures” exhibition, Dome Planetarium & all galleries open
    $5 educational films on the Giant Screen
    Green Screen Photo Booth
    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.

  • Art Club | July

    (General - Tuesday, July 10, 2018)

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    Art Club

    Tue, Jul 10 | 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 mythic creatures in art!

    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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  • Senior Morning | Solar Super Storms

    (General - Wednesday, July 11, 2018)

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    Wed, Jul | 10-11

    Lobby & Dome Planetarium

    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 watch the new education planetarium show Solar Superstorms! Enjoy the show in the planetarium, and after you will be able to explore the museum free with 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 Lobby
    10:30 am Program in the Planetarium
    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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  • Wine & Cheese Under the Stars | Featuring Regional Wine

    (Planetarium - Friday, July 13, 2018)

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    Wine & Cheese Under the Stars | Featuring Regional Wines

    Fri, Jul 13 | 7-9 pm

    Dome Planetarium

    Relax and enjoy a variety of local wine, gourmet cheese and crackers under a spectacular full-dome night sky. Enjoy the latest news from space and take a real-time Uniview tour across the Universe with an astronomy expert as your guide. 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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  • Kids Night at the Museum: Mythic Creatures

    (Exhibit - Saturday, July 14, 2018)

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    Kids Night at the Museum: Mythic Creatures

    Sat, Jul 14, 6-9 pm

    GST, Galleries, Lobby

    Kids, 5 years and up, join us for a Night at the Museum all your own. Bring your friends, or make some new ones as you play the night away! This drop-off event is perfect for parents looking to enjoy an evening out while children spend time after-hours at the museum! They’ll explore their favorite exhibitions and galleries; see the new exhibition, Mythic Creatures, and enjoy staff-led activities. A pizza dinner will be provided. 

    Pre-registration is required. Additional charges may apply for late pick-up.

    Ages 5-14

    $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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  • Super Saturday: Volcanoes

    (General - Saturday, July 14, 2018)

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    Super Saturday: Volcanoes

    Sat, Jul 14 | 1:30-2:30 pm

    Lobby

    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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  • Story Time in the Galleries | July

    (Exhibit - Thursday, July 19, 2018)

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    Story Time in the Galleries

    Thu, Jul 19 | 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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  • Geek Fest

    (General - Saturday, July 21, 2018)

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    Geek Fest | All Ages Fun!

    Sat, Jul 21 | 5-9 pm

    Games, creatures, cosplay & more! Join the Museum for a nerdy night to remember for our first ever Geek Fest. Challenge friends and family to Super Smash Brothers, explore our new Mythic Creatures 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! Plus at 6 pm, Spirited Away is on the Giant Screen Theater (tickets sold separately).

    Partners

    • Table top 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.

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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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    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 
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    $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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  • 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.
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    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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