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In addition to the historical displays and the small aquarium with life along the Illinois River... read more

Reviewed August 21, 2018
Hartsdale, New York
A fine museum with a natural emphasis of the Illinois River

With the Illinois River flowing adjacent to the museum it is apt that an "Illinois River Encounter... read more

Reviewed August 13, 2018
Geelong, Australia
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Peoria Riverfront Museum features international exhibitions, the Dome Planetarium, RealD Giant Screen Theater, art & natural history collections, and interactive galleries - including IHSA Peak Performance, Illinois River Experience, Discovery...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
222 SW Washington St, Peoria, IL 61602-2500
+1 309-686-7000
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All reviews giant screen permanent exhibits imax theater the river local history interactive sports free parking kids area all ages traveling exhibits a lot of fun couple hours peoria riverfront gift shop is nice facility great place to visit across the street
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Reviewed October 31, 2018

My wife and I have attended this museum several times. We always go to view the new temporary exhibits. We have seen the Titanic exhibit, the lights and lasers exhibit, the mythology exhibit and others that have passed through. The temporary exhibits are always well...More

Thank Geoff C
Reviewed September 21, 2018 via mobile

The museum was a great experience. We enjoyed the exhibit on mythical creatures and were also pleasantly surprised to find out our admission included the planetarium. It's a fairly small museum but a great value.

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Reviewed September 18, 2018 via mobile

I attended a business event here. The shows and exhibits were well done and interesting and the catering and bar service were good and efficient. I got the impression that management of the facility truly cares about the facilities and the experience they are providing...More

Thank Joe3cpa
Reviewed August 28, 2018

We have been to the Peoria Riverfront Museum many times. They have frequently changing exhibits - all of them first rate - plus permanent exhibits and hands-on experiences for children. They frequently have interactive learning opportunities. Beautiful viewing location for the Illinois River and a...More

Thank Sally G
Reviewed August 21, 2018

In addition to the historical displays and the small aquarium with life along the Illinois River, there was a special display of mythological creatures and their place in many cultures around the world. School children were involved by drawing their favorite creatures and entered into...More

Thank 911carolg
Reviewed August 19, 2018 via mobile

Great place to visit. Well within any budget. Parking can be tough but do able. Museum is very clean and plenty to do. Food is available but not necessary. The river front offers many placed to eat. I recommend it for all not just families....More

Thank EYE1234
Reviewed August 13, 2018

With the Illinois River flowing adjacent to the museum it is apt that an "Illinois River Encounter" gallery is a central element of the museum’s offering. This gallery provides details of many aspects of the river including a large aquarium, stocked with local fish, an...More

Thank sinclaired
Reviewed August 6, 2018

This summer we ventured to Peoria to take in a Peoria Chiefs game and also experience the Peoria Riverfront Museum. Principally we were interested in the the Dragons and Mythical Beasts exhibit ( added cost). We did enjoy the exhibit although the lighting was rather...More

Thank maiagaia
Reviewed August 6, 2018

Very good museum with good rotating exhibits. Planetarium, IMAX theatre, interesting area history exhibits, and interactive sports museum area with things for both younger children and teens. The current rotating exhibit is on dragons and mythological creatures -- very interesting for both kids and adults.

Thank Tom P
Reviewed July 22, 2018

Having grown up in the Peoria area, I've heard of this place for some time. We finally had a chance to visit last week. There were some hands on exhibits that would be fun for children and several environmental/river exhibits that were interesting but not...More

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Cassie S
May 25, 2018|
Response from monicacN2080AI | Reviewed this property |
Yes there's a nice parking garage and elevator inside the museum.
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January 25, 2017|
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Yeah, what they said. The internet is a marvelous thing. ;)
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Response from Christie R | Reviewed this property |
The Titanic special exhibit costs $18 per adult. Scouting at the Museum for kids costs $20 for three hours. The Planetarium costs $5. Wine and Art costs $30. Family membership costs $95 and includes Free Admission for 2... More