Events

  • Ocean Odyssey Touch Tank with the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium-SOLD OUT

    (General - Saturday, May 25, 2024)

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    OCEAN ODYSSEY TOUCH TANK WITH THE NATIONAL MISSISSIPPI RIVER MUSEUM AND AQUARIUM- SOLD OUT

    Saturday, May 25, 2024 | 1 p.m. - 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

    This traveling touch tank from the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium is bringing LIVE ocean animals to the Peoria Riverfront Museum on the official opening day of Sharks!

    Ticket pricing

    Adult: $9

    Child: $8

    Member Adult: $5

    Member child: $5

    Get tickets to the 1 p.m. touch tank HERE

    Get tickets to the 2:30 p.m. touch tank HERE

    Enjoy an educational presentation that breaks down common misconceptions surrounding sharks and rays, as well as highlighting the unique adaptations these animals have to survive. This program allows participants to explore the important roles sharks and rays that live thousands of miles away, and how people can help protect them.

    Participants will have an opportunity to get their hands wet and touch some of the animals. 

    Sharks is organized by the American Museum of Natural History, New York. The Museum gratefully acknowledges Warner Bros. Discovery for its generous support of Sharks. A selection of footage in Sharks has been provided by Discovery's Shark Week.

    Sharks is presented by CEFCU with major support from Gilmore Foundation, Ruby K. Warner Trust, Carle Health

    Additional support from: Precision Planting, Simantel, Corporate Visionary Society Council

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  • Rhumboogie on the Plaza: Central Illinois Jazz Orchestra

    (General - Thursday, May 30, 2024)

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    RHUMBOOGIE ON THE PLAZA: A SUMMER MUSIC SERIES

    May 30, 2024 - August 15, 2024 | Thursday Nights | Doors Open at 6 p.m., Performance at 7 p.m. 

    Join us on the Peoria Riverfront Museum's Sun Plaza for a summer music series featuring local and regional jazz artists, inspired by Preston Jackson's Bronzeville to Harlem: An American Story . This series event will take place select Thursdays from May 30, 2024 to August 15, 2024, featuring artists from the Chicago area as well as regional and local musicians. Get down and boogie with us!

    Jeremy Washum's Reservations will be on-site at every performance, offering meal packages, soda and bottled water options! Enjoy yummy, high-quality food that will fuel your boogie!

    Cash bar available.

    Ticket prices

    Members- $10
    Non-Members- $15
    Student- $7
    Visionary Society-$7

    Ticket price includes admission to Preston Jackson's Bronzeville to Harlem: An American Story. 

    Schedule of events

    Thursday, May 30, 2024 | Central Illinois Jazz Orchestra
    Central Illinois Jazz Orchestra, founded in 1998, is a seventeen-piece big band committed to keeping the big jazz sound alive. Originally called the New Millennium Big Band, the CIJO is made up of professional and semi-professional musicians from the heart of Illinois that include music educators, business professionals, and full-time performers. The group plays classic jazz charts from Count Basie to Stan Kenton and from Duke Ellington to Maynard Ferguson.
    Get tickets HERE

    Thursday, June 20, 2024 | Soul Message
    Soul Message Band is founded on the enduring partnership of Chris Foreman, the Chicago-based and nationally celebrated Hammond B3 Jazz Organist, and the always solid drummer, Greg Rockingham, aka “The Rock.” Greg and Chris have a 25-year history of collaboration, including groups like the Deep Blue Organ Trio. Mr. Rockingham and Mr. Foreman have an unmistakable chemistry that has taken them from Chicago to Jazz Clubs and Arenas around the world as both headliners and as an opening group for Steely Dan. The band adds Chicago veteran guitarist, Lee Rothenberg on guitar.
    Get tickets HERE

    Thursday, July 18, 2024 | Preston Jackson and Friends with Judy Page
    Artist Preston Jackson flexes his creative skills in more ways than one, performing jazz and blues guitar accompanied by Peoria vocal legend, Judy Page. Page's smoky, organic tones and Jackson's live-wire guitar are not to be missed. See Preston Jackson's masterwork Bronzeville to Harlem: An American Story in the museum's galleries with the artist live and on site. Preston will be in the galleries at 6:30 p.m., before the music begins.
    Get tickets HERE

    Thursday, August 15, 2024 | Imperial Boxmen
    Riding through “an international confluence of downtempo, jazz, and funk”, Imperial Boxmen features a power ensemble of heavyweight Chicago players. After years of underground exposure in Chicago as a niche acid jazz trio (made up of Ford, Austin, and Plotkin) focused on recreating the songs sampled in 90’s hip hop, the Boxmen sound gradually moved to original music under the direction of keyboardist Kevin Ford. Their sound sits firmly in the jazz underground of Chicago, drawing influences from instrumental hip-hop, 70s jazz-funk, and currents of afrobeat and ethiopiques music. The band name, Imperial Boxmen, paints an image of the ‘in-house’ musical ensemble in the court of a god-emperor—partly inspired by the era of Ethiopian jazz in the 60s and 70s under Emperor Haile Selassi: the soundtrack of a mythical future utopia.
    Get tickets HERE


    Sponsored by Friends of Bronzeville to Harlem

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  • Nathan Gunn and Friends: A Stroll Down Broadway

    (General - Saturday, June 1, 2024)

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    NATHAN GUNN AND FRIENDS: A STROLL DOWN BROADWAY

    A MUSEUM+ PROGRAM

    Saturday, June 1, 2024 | 8 p.m.

    The Peoria Riverfront Museum is thrilled to welcome Grammy Award-winning baritone Nathan Gunn back to the museum for a magical performance that will transport you to the golden era of Broadway musical theater.

    Enjoy a program filled with classic works of musical theater, from Rodgers and Hammerstein, Jerome Kern, Jason Robert Brown, Jeanine Tesori and Adam Guettel. 

    Gunn will be accompanied by soprano Lisa Buhelos, as well as his wife and artistic partner Julie Jordan Gunn on the piano. 

    Tickets

    Adult: $25
    Child: $15
    Member Adult: $20
    Member Child: $12
    Student: $15
    Visionary Society Member: $15

    GET TICKETS HERE

    Nathan Gunn and Friends: A Stroll Down Broadway is the launch of the Peoria Riverfront Museum's MUSEUM+ initiative, a strategy to enhance the Peoria Riverfront Museum's repertoire as a cultural institution, and bring more performance to Peoria! MUSEUM+ is generously supported by Linda Beth and Ed Sutkowski, as they support our mutual goal to lift up the arts and bring them to our community. 

    Nathan Gunn and Friends: A Stroll Down Broadway is sponsored by Linda Beth and Ed Sutkowski, Visionary Society, and Illinois Arts Council Agency.

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  • Laser Light Night: Lasers of Oz, Taylor Swift, Daft Punk

    (General - Saturday, June 8, 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 June 8 

    6:00 – Lasers of Oz (family friendly, 35 min)
    7:15 – Laser Taylor Swift
    8:30 – Laser Daft Punk

    $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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  • Access for All: Alfred Conteh Returns

    (General - Sunday, June 9, 2024)

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    ACCESS FOR ALL: ALFRED CONTEH RETURNS

    Sunday, June 9, 2024 | 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. 

    Thanks to the generous support of Art Bridges Foundation, every second Sunday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum is FREE to the public!

    Join us Sunday, June 9, 2024 as nationally renowned artist Alfred Conteh returns to the Peoria Riverfront Museum and unveils his first ever piece based on a subject outside of his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia. His newest piece features a family from Peoria, Illinois, and emphasizes family ties, fatherhood, and the way that we connect to each other. The unveiling will take place at 12:30 p.m. in FRESH: New Directions in Contemporary Art .

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    On top of unveiling this first-of-its-kind painting, we will be premiering the first ever documentary on Alfred Conteh: The Unseen Majority directed by Arshley Emile of Timberhouse Films. The documentary will premiere at 1:30 p.m. in the Giant Screen Theater, followed by a panel discussion with artist Alfred Conteh, director Arshley Emile, and assistant curator and community engagement coordinator for the Peoria Riverfront Museum, Everley Davis. This panel discussion will be moderated by Strictly Hip-Hop's Marc Supreme. 

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    This Access for All day at the Peoria Riverfront Museum, enjoy a live DJ on the Sun Plaza, docent tours, and so much more!

    Learn more about our new Achievement Passports, and the points that you can earn on June 9, 2024 HERE .

    Schedule

    • 12 p.m. - 3 p.m. | Docent tours | Galleries | 20 points
          
    • 12 p.m. - 3 p.m. | Sketching with Marissa Justiniano | Galleries | 50 points
          
    • 12 p.m. - 3 p.m. | Portrait activity: Make and Take | Museum Lobby | 10 points
            
    • 12 p.m.  3 p.m. | Family Photos with Janay Shepherd | Museum Lobby | 20 points   
            
    • 12:30 p.m. | Painting unveiling with artist Alfred Conteh | FRESH: New Directions in Contemporary Art | 50 points
             
    • 1:30 p.m. | Alfred Conteh documentary premiere | Giant Screen Theater | 50 points
           
    • 2:15 p.m. | Panel Discussion with Alfred Conteh, Arshley Emile and Everley Davis, moderated by Marc Supreme | FRESH: New Directions in Contemporary Art | 100 points
                 
    • 3:30 p.m. | Book signing with Alfred Conteh | Museum Lobby 

    The Alfred Conteh documentary, The Unseen Majority is sponsored by Oak River Foundation, and Ron and Carrie Givens.

    The Alfred Conteh portrait, Our Greatest Inheritance is made possible by an inaugural gift from Ron Givens and family, with major support from the Peoria Riverfront Museum's Anniversary Fund established in honor of guest curator Bill Heidrich, Oak River Foundation, Josh and Danette Swank, Brian and Erica Ray, and Andrew Muir. Additional support was provided by Gretchen Hagen Petrakis, Derrick Booth and Jehan Gordon-Booth, Family of Erma Davis, Aaron and Amanda Kilgore and Family, John Heintzman and Jeff Heintzman, and Rosemary McCullough in memory of her mother, Geraldine Mitchell.

    Generous support for Access for All free days provided by Art Bridges Foundation's Access for All program.

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  • Yoga Under the Stars

    (General - Thursday, June 20, 2024)

    Yoga Under the Stars 

    Enjoy a beautiful evening of yoga practice under a starry sky, without worrying about rain or mosquitos! This evening will feature a 15 minute star talk, showing off our summer constellations. Then Heather will lead a one hour yoga practice, with beautiful stars, nebula and planets dazzling on the dome above.

    Heather Capperrune has been teaching yoga and curating unique experiences with movement in Peoria for seven years.

    Participants are asked to bring their own mats.

    Each session will be an hour and 15 minutes long.

    Friday, June 20
    Doors open at 5:45, Event starts at 6 PM

    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.

  • Wine & Cheese Under the Stars | Aurora, Solar Storms, and More

    (General - Saturday, June 29, 2024)

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    Aurora, Solar Storms, and More: Our Fantastic Sun

    Saturday, June 29 | 7-9 PM

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    Our Sun is approaching a period of heightened activity, meaning there will be more solar storms, prominences, and aurora, like the ones that were visible in Central Illinois in May! Enjoy an evening out in the Dome Planetarium while learning about our fantastic star, and how its weather can affect us here on Earth.
    Your evening will also include a tour of the night sky, and a flight to the edge of space and back.
    Each guest receives an individual Canterbury Creations charcuterie box featuring cheeses, fruits, nuts & more; up to three servings of wine; and an entertaining evening under the stars.

    Doors open at 6:50 PM

    The program will be in two parts, allowing time to socialize and refill your wine glass between the shows.

    Ages 21+

    $45 members | $55 public

    Tickets can be purchased here.

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

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  • 4th of July Backyard BBQ 2024

    (General - Thursday, July 4, 2024)

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    4TH OF JULY BACKYARD BBQ 

    Thursday, July 4 | 6 p.m. - 10 p.m.  |  All you can eat. The best seat in town.

    Perfect riverside viewing, indoors or outdoors, and plenty of family fun with access to Sharks , all exhibitions and galleries, the Dome Planetarium and the Giant Screen Theater!

    • Cracked Pepper all-you-can-eat buffet
    • Cash bar
    • Explore Sharks and all museum galleries
    • Enjoy Dome Planetarium laser shows every twenty minutes! 
    • See Giant Screen Theater immersive educational films on the largest Film Society screen in the nation!
    • Indoor facilities, climate controlled viewing
    • FREE water and lemonade
    • Purchase sweet treats from local vendors!
    • Reserved seating for Visionary Society members

    Planetarium Show Times:

    • Spirit of America Laser Show | 6:20 p.m., 6:40 p.m., 7:00 p.m., 7:20 p.m., 7:40 p.m., 8:00 p.m., 8:20 p.m., 8:40 p.m. FREE WITH TICKET!

    Don't wait in line! Pick up a free ticket to reserve your seat for one of these timed shows from an usher outside the Planetarium door.

    ALL EDUCATIONAL FILMS $5! 

    Film Schedule:

    • Cities of the Future | 6:30 p.m.
    • Great White Shark | 7:30 p.m.
    • National Parks Adventure | 8:30 p.m.

    MEMBERS: Adults $55 | Children (3-12) $30 

    GENERAL PUBLIC: Adults $65 | Children (3-12) $40

    Children 2 and under join for FREE! 

    GET TICKETS HERE

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    Please bring your own seating. 

    Download detailed flyer HERE (pdf)

    For more information or to purchase tickets by phone call: 309.686.7000

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    Thank you to our sponsors Advanced Medical Transport and Vonachen Group.

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  • Access for All with The Autism Collective: July 2024

    (General - Sunday, July 14, 2024)

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    ACCESS FOR ALL WITH THE AUTISM COLLECTIVE: INCLUSION IS JAW-SOME!

    Sunday, July 14, 2024 | 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. 

    Thanks to the generous support of Art Bridges Foundation, every second Sunday at the Peoria Riverfront Museum is FREE to the public!

    Dive into a sea of inclusivity at the Inclusion is Jaw-some event! Join us at the Peoria Riverfront Museum, partnering with The Autism Collective, for a day of sensory-friendly fun and exploration.

    Admission is free from 12 p.m.- 5 p.m., and we welcome individuals of all ages and all abilities to enjoy a day at the museum. 

    Enjoy our summer blockbuster exhibition: Sharks , presented by CEFCU! Sharks is the largest exhibition ever curated on the subject by the American Museum of Natural History in New York, and will inspire you with dozens of true to size models, interactives, and so much more.

    Additional programming on this Access for All day includes:

    The day will also include a resource fair to support individuals seeking resources and services for autism and other developmental disabilities.

    Embrace your unique self! We welcome all, understanding that excitement, noise, and expressions are part of the experience. But for individuals who may want a break from the excitement, Hang Ten Calm Rooms will be onsite providing a mobile calm room.

    Join us for a day of acceptance, understanding, and endless discoveries. Together, let's make waves of inclusivity at the Inclusion is Jaw-some event. See you there!

    Generous support provided by Art Bridges Foundation's Access for All program.

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