Events

  • Stroll and Sign with Communication Junction

    (General - From Thursday, May 25, 2023 until Thursday, August 10, 2023 - and Thursdays only)

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    STROLL AND SIGN WITH COMMUNICATION JUNCTION

    Every Thursday May 25, 2023 - August 10, 2023 | Friday evening sessions June 23, July 14 and August 4 

    Grab your stroller (or bike or scooter) and your kids and join us for 30- minutes of self-paced stroll. Then let the kids burn off some steam during a 20-minute Sign and Sing Story and Playtime.

     Meet us for our walk in the Sculpture Garden. The Peoria Riverfront Museum is accessible from the parking garage/elevator or off Washington Street. Parking is available at any of the outside lots or in the museum parking garage at no charge. After moving your body, explore "HEART" and "BODY WORLDS RX " in the galleries. 

    "Stroll and Signs" on Thursday mornings will begin at 9:15 a.m. and go until 10 a.m. Morning sessions will take place every Thursday from May 25 to August 10, 2023.

     Friday evening sessions begin at 6 p.m. Friday evening sessions will take place June 23, July 14 and August 4, 2023. 

    General admission to the museum for Stroll + Sign participants is $5 per family immediately following the program. It is suggested that for Friday evening sessions you explore the museum prior to the 6 p.m start time. 

    See flyer HERE

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  • Cocktails with a Curator: "HEART"

    (General - Tuesday, May 30, 2023)

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    COCKTAILS WITH A CURATOR

    Every Last Tuesday of the Month | 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

    On the last Tuesday of every month, the Peoria Riverfront Museum invites you to join us for "Cocktails with a Curator."

    Sip on a signature cocktail based on an exhibition or work of art as our curators present a discussion on the history an significance of the object(s) in question. 

    Cocktail hour will be accompanied by light refreshments in the Peoria Riverfront Museum lobby.

    There will be a cash bar available after the first signature cocktail or drink of choice.

    On May 30, 2023, please join us for a discussion on the exhibition "HEART."

    Director of the planetarium and curator of science Renae Kerrigan and museum educator Sadie Helmick will lead a brief discussion about the newest exhibition: "HEART." Following the discussion, cocktail hour will begin with light food in the lobby. Signature drink will be served. 

    Doors open at 6 p.m. Discussion will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by a cocktail hour in the museum lobby. 

    Members: $25

    Non-members: $30

    Get tickets HERE

    In accordance with Illinois law, participants must be 21+ years of age to consume alcohol on museum property. 

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  • Planet Passport - Neptune

    (General - Saturday, June 3, 2023)

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    Planet Passport Series - Neptune

    Join our planet passport series! Each month, come to the planetarium for a show focused on one planet or place in space. Participants will receive a planet passport, and for each show they attend, will earn a sticker for that destination. Collect three stickers and earn a prize! Those with five stickers will pick a second prize, and be invited to a planet party in the Dome! Those with eight stickers and more will earn more prizes, be invited to the planet party, and be invited to an exclusive telescope viewing of the planets and Moon. Bring your passport to each show to collect a complete set!

    Shows are on the first Saturday (10:30 AM) and second Thursday (6 PM) of the month.  This program is available for all ages.

    June focuses on Neptune, and its 14 moons!

    Each show will be about 45 minutes in length.

    Buy one passport per participant, and you can come to any show in the series. If you miss the a month or two, don't worry! We will repeat the series next year, so you will have more chances to collect more planet stickers.

    One passport includes: a seat in any of our 10 different planet passport shows, a prize when you collect 3, 5, 8 and 10 stickers, and the ability to earn admission to the planet party and observing night with 5 or 8 stickers earned. Passports are $15 for members and $20 for non-members.

    Sign up for your passport here.

    June 3 (10:30 AM) and June 9 (6 PM) - Neptune

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  • Artifact Identification Day with Dana Bardolph and Greg Wilson

    (General - Sunday, June 4, 2023)

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    ARTIFACT IDENTIFICATION DAY

    Sunday, June 4, 2023 | 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

    In the Museum Lobby


    Join us at the Peoria Riverfront Museum for an "Artifact Identification Day" with PhD archeologists and special advisors to the museum, Dana Bardolph and Greg Wilson!

    Dana Bardolph is an assistant professor at Northern Illinois University, and Greg Wilson is a professor in the University of California's Department of Anthropology. Both have previously worked in the Illinois area with the Fandel Mounds archeological dig, and are excited to return and do further archeological research in the Peoria area this summer. 

    Bardolph and Wilson, will be setting up at the museum to examine and identify prehistoric and historic artifacts! 

    Bring in historical artifacts from your home and family and have them examined by Bardolph and Wilson. No appraisals will be done at this time. 

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  • Planet Passport Series | Neptune

    (General - Thursday, June 8, 2023)

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    Planet Passport Series - Neptune

    Join our planet passport series! Each month, come to the planetarium for a show focused on one planet or place in space. Participants will receive a planet passport, and for each show they attend, will earn a sticker for that destination. Collect three stickers and earn a prize! Those with five stickers will pick a second prize, and be invited to a planet party in the Dome! Those with eight stickers and more will earn more prizes, be invited to the planet party, and be invited to an exclusive telescope viewing of the planets and Moon. Bring your passport to each show to collect a complete set!

    Shows are on the first Saturday (10:30 AM) and second Thursday (6 PM) of the month.  This program is available for all ages.

    June focuses on Neptune, and its 14 moons!

    Each show will be about 45 minutes in length.

    Buy one passport per participant, and you can come to any show in the series. If you miss the a month or two, don't worry! We will repeat the series next year, so you will have more chances to collect more planet stickers.

    One passport includes: a seat in any of our 10 different planet passport shows, a prize when you collect 3, 5, 8 and 10 stickers, and the ability to earn admission to the planet party and observing night with 5 or 8 stickers earned. Passports are $15 for members and $20 for non-members.

    Sign up for your passport here.

    June 3 (10:30 AM) and June 9 (6 PM) - Neptune

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  • Storytime In "HEART"

    (General - Friday, June 16, 2023)

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    STORY TIME IN HEART 

    Every Third Friday | 10: 30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

    Free With General Admission!

    Join museum educator Sadie Helmick for a story! Following story time will be a small craft based on the book! Story time occurs every third Friday from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

    Join Museum Educator Sadie Helmick in the Learning Lab of Heart exhibition for story time! Sadie will begin the story time series with Barbara Jean Hicks’ “Monsters Don’t Eat Broccoli” and Amanda Miller’s “Eat Your Color" in the HEART exhibition on Friday, June 16, 2023.

    Reserve your place HERE  

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  • Yoga Under the Stars

    (General - Friday, June 16, 2023)

    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 16
    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.

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  • Senior Day: Soulside Healing Arts

    (General - Wednesday, June 21, 2023)

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    SENIOR FREE DAY 


    SENIOR MORNING PROGRAM 

    Third Wednesday of Each Month

    10 AM Coffee & Pastries | 10:30 AM Discussion

    Gilmore Auditorium 


    COME FOR THE MORNING, STAY FOR THE DAY!

    Please join us for Senior Day on the third Wednesday of each month where members and seniors 60+ can enjoy all exhibitions and daytime planetarium shows for free.

    June 21st, we are excited to invite you to Chair Yoga with Soulside Healing Arts. This will be available for all ages and physical needs. This class brings something to everybody! A light breakfast and coffee will be served and guests will have the opportunity to explore the Museum. Museum guest are encouraged to stay and catch a Planetarium showing as well!

    NOTE: Registration is not necessary but groups are encouraged to call ahead so that we will be prepared. Senior groups, please contact Family and Educator Engagement Coordinator, Sadie Helmick, 309-863-3016

    Sponsored by Visionary Society.

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  • Laser Light Night | Taylor Swift, Queen, Beatles

    (General - Friday, June 23, 2023)

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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!


    Fri, June 23

    6:00 pm Laser Taylor Swift
    7:15 pm Laser Queen
    8:30 pm Laser Beatles

    $7 Members | $10 Public

    Buy tickets online click 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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  • 100 Things To Do In Illinois Before You Die: Book Signing with Melanie Holmes

    (General - Saturday, July 1, 2023)

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    100 Things To Do In Illinois Before You Die: Book Signing with Melanie Holmes

    July 1, 2023 | 12 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. 

    Meet the Author!

    Melanie Holmes will be in person at the Peoria Riverfront Museum to sign her book "100 Things To Do In Illinois Before You Die!"

    "100 Things to Do in Illinois Before You Die" introduces you to the state’s rich history, showcasing the places with some of the best food and entertainment Illinois has to offer. Discover Cahokia Mounds and Dickson Mounds State Museum, which reveal sacred sites and customs of indigenous tribes who dwelled here before it became the United States. Experience Mark Twain–style paddleboats, world class museums, and unique lodgings like a train caboose or a treehouse. There are boulders for climbing, hot air balloons for riding, and some of the best spectator sports to enjoy, all just beyond the borders of your neighborhood or region. Local author Melanie Holmes shares her favorite tips about her home state.

    Books will be available for signing in the museum lobby!

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  • 4th of July: Backyard BBQ

    (General - Tuesday, July 4, 2023)

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    4TH OF JULY BACKYARD BBQ 

    TUESDAY, JULY 4, 2023 | 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 BODY WORLDS RX and HEART, all exhibitions and galleries, the Dome Planetarium and the Giant Screen Theater!

    • Cracked Pepper all-you-can-eat buffet
    • Cash bar
    • Live radio broadcast
    • Explore BODY WORLDS RX and all museum galleries
    • Enjoy Dome Planetarium laser shows every twenty minutes! 
    • See Giant Screen Theater immersive educational films on Illinois' Largest Screen
    • Indoor facilities, climate controlled viewing
    • FREE water and lemonade
    • Purchase treats from Young's Popcorn Heaven, Tropical Sno and Sucré Sweets and Socials
    • 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!

    ALL EDUCATIONAL FILMS $5! 

    Film Schedule:

    • Into America’s Wild | 6:30 p.m.
    • Dinosaurs of Antarctica | 7:30 p.m.
    • America’s Musical Journey | 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! 

    MEMBERS! Get your pre-sale 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 VSI

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