Genome Programs & Events


Engineering Challenge: DNA Extraction (workshop)
Tue, Apr 11 | 5-6 pm

Inside every single one of the 37.2 trillion cells in your body is a complete set of your DNA – the genetic information that makes you unique! In this hour-long workshop, you’ll learn about the study of the human genome, and then get the chance to extract a sample of your very own DNA!
Nick Rae: Museum Educator

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Spring Into Science! (drop-in activity)
Apr 10-15 & 17 | 1:30-2:30 pm

Stop by the Riverfront Museum to see how you can add a little extra science and a lot more fun to your spring break! We’ll be demonstrating awesome science activities and experiments in the lobby that are perfect for the whole family. Best of all, we’ll give you an instruction sheet so you can recreate the fun at home!

Free to members and with regular paid admission.

An Evening with the Experts: Genomics and Our Health
Wed, Apr 19 | 5-8 pm

Experts in the field of genomics, Eric Green, M.D., Ph.D., Director, National Human Genome Research Institute, Les Biesecker, M.D., and Marcelo Bento Soares, Ph.D. will be presenting on genomics and the future of precision medicine, followed by a question and answer session moderated by Dr. Gary Knepp, Chief Medical Officer at UnityPoint Health. Click here for more information and to make reservations!

Art-spiration: Mendel's Monsters! (drop-in activity)
Sat, Apr 22 | 1:30-2:30 pm

Looking for a little art-spiration? Stop by the lobby for a free family-friendly workshop that encourages teamwork, investigation and imagination!

Free to members and with regular paid admission.

DNA Family Day
Tue, Apr 25 | 3:30-6 pm

Come celebrate National DNA Day at the Riverfront Museum with science activities in the Museum Lobby!
This fun event is free to the public (including free admission to Genome: Unlocking Life's Code from 3:30-6 pm).
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Free and open to the public.

Evolution of Insects: A Lecture by Mark Dubois Sun, Apr 30 | 2 PM

Learn about the history, diversity, and biological impact of insects on our planet; they are the "little things that run our world."

Free and open to the public.


DNA Discovery (4-week homeschool class)
Wednesdays, May 3-24, 2:00-3:00 p.m.

Starting with the basic structure of the cell, this four week class looks at DNA and its role in life. Session content includes: the basic function and process of DNA and the historic discovery of this molecule. Activities include building DNA and protein models, extracting DNA from fruit, experimenting with gel electrophoresis, and visiting Genome: Unlocking Life’s Code.

Engineering Challenge: Sequencing DNA (workshop)
Tue, May 9 | 5-6 pm

What is DNA, how does it replicate, and why is it important? Answer these three questions in this fun, hands-on workshop while you work to create a DNA sequence bracelet to take home. Dave Grebner: Museum Educator

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Museum After Dark: An Evening of Art & Science
Sat, May 19 | 7-9 pm

Looking for a unique way to spend an evening? Come explore 3 great exhibitions ranging from art to science with a special after visit of GENOME: Unlocking Life's Code, Microsculpture: The Insect Portraits of Levon Biss, and The George & Norma Kottemann Collection: A 40-Year Passion for Art! You’ll enjoy creating and painting with bug paint, a signature gin-etics strawberry cocktail, and more awesome art and science activities! Light snacks and a cash bar will be available in the lobby.

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Genealogy Lecture: Search for Your Roots at Peoria Public Library
Location: Peoria Riverfront Museum auditorium
Tue, May 23 | 6 pm

Library representatives will discuss what Peoria Public Library resources are available to help you find your roots and how using DNA can enhance your paper trail search. Presented by Amber Lowery and Trisha Noack.

Free and open to the public.