Peoria Riverfront Museum
Peoria Riverfront Museum
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
About
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 Worlds & The Street local history. We offer unique classes, programs and community outreach efforts that provide fun, hands-on educational experiences for all ages. The Museum is the perfect, riverfront location for one-of-a-kind event rentals - unique weddings in the sculpture garden, corporate team building activities, relaxing meeting spots, special celebrations, giant screen video game competitions and even dinners under the stars. Peoria Riverfront Museum is a privately funded AAM-accredited nonprofit museum. Our mission is to inspire lifelong learning for all - connecting art, history, science and achievement through collections, exhibitions, and programs.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Rusty S
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
As a resident of Peoria its depressing, to see that the museum has not moved into the 21st century. My family stopped supporting the museum because it was very repetitive even with the “rotating exhibitions”. We went to try out the Dinosaur exhibit hoping it would be different we where told about all the cool different exhibits that where going to be coming so maybe it would make renewing our membership worth it again. Its December 2021 and the only real exhibit for family's is dinosaurs, yeah 8 month of the same exhibit that you could see in under 10 minutes. If your wanting to support your community in the arts and history don’t go here. To add to this the children's area was taken away so if your kids want to run around not the place to go. I was told they were building a new one but it seems like all there donation money went to bad lobby seating and multiple tvs to show one picture.
Written December 6, 2021
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Irina
United States13,374 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
Peoria Riverfront Museum is a very interesting and exciting place to visit, for people of any age, really. The history of the city, its economic, social, and cultural development -- all this is excellently presented in its exhibits and artefacts. During the pandemic the museum organized Virtual Tours, and since March 2021 it is open to public.

The outdoor exhibits of modern art are perfectly located and presented, mostly at the riverfront part of the museum, with panoramic views of the Illinois River. I visited the site in November of last year, and had a self-tour of sorts, admiring many exhibits of modern art, mainly sculptural compositions, that are excellently placed on the lawn, bordering SW Water Street.

The museum is located in a historic Warehouse District of Peoria, and its modern design strongly contrasts an overall historic ambiance of the area. The scenic views of the Illinois River, Murray Baker Bridge and East Peoria are very attractive.
Written April 19, 2021
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val m
United States216 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Size for ones who want shirt and sweet. Just enough to wet the taste buds, and it’s good stuff! Website says it’s associated with the Smithsonian. Antiques, history, rocks, paintings, modern creation, and guards who are watching while actively interacting with visitors to help instruct and inspire children.
My main interest was the planetarium, but it was less satisfying than the museum. It was about observatories in north Chile rather than about “astronomy”. Interesting, but not what usually goes with “planetarium” and studying the sky. The telescopes we saw were in the video.
Written July 12, 2021
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jfadds
Naperville, IL6,387 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021 • Couples
First- check out the outdoor sculptures.

The museum hosts a variety of exhibitions- there is a traveling show on T Rex from New York City opening in a few weeks.
We enjoyed a show showcasing 101 treasures from the permanent collection.
They ran the gamut from contemporary art to a Dutch genre painting to master graphics.
Check out the dinosaur heavy gift shop- obviously getting ready for the T Rex show
Written May 19, 2021
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LylaHaa
Columbia, Maryland, United States34 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Family
We loved our visit to see the T-Rex exhibit. The exhibit is wonderful and brings the T-Rex to life. They have many hands on activities and interactive activities. Kids loved it. They had a great exhibit about Brooklyn and New Philadelphia, Illinois and how these communities were established by extraordinary African Americans. My second favorite exhibit were of wooden mallard decoys. They have a large collection of decoys made by local craftsmen. It is an important part of our great Mississippi regional history.
Written June 30, 2021
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Boone H
13 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Family
Kind of underwhelming. If it weren't for the T.Rex exhibit, it would have been very disappointing. The rex exhibit was fantastic. The planetarium was pretty cool. Friendly knowledgeable guy running that. The art gallery was unfortunately closed due to swapping galleries out. Not much to see other than rex and planetarium exhibits.
Written September 24, 2021
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Ruths4
Peoria, IL306 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The Da Vinci exhibit was incredible! The genius of the man was beyond question. His inventions, his art and his relentless pursuit of the truth was magnificent. The focus piece of the Mona Lisa was very interesting and had a twist! Family friendly and disabled friendly. Highly recommended while it is still in town!
Written March 5, 2020
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raybyerley
Mandeville, LA4,354 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Family
We only had time for the Dinosaur exhibit yesterday and missed the 100 treasures exhibit.

But the Dinosaurs were very good including the T-Rex bones and full size re-creation. A couple pictures are attached!

Wish we had time for the other exhibit!
Written July 18, 2021
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RamblingBadger
Green Bay, WI285 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
We went there with the family and had a good time. Fun traveling lego exhibit, very good history of Peoria exhibit, and fun sports science stuff. We liked it so much we purchased a family membership. Later we went to a movie showing on their giant screen
Written February 23, 2020
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Steve Mcclanahan
Pekin, IL10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We have gone to the laser light shows inside the planetarium which is a cheap date and cool experience ! The movie theater is clean and huge screen Great place to see big screen type movies . The exhibitions are constantly changing and IMO interesting and educational. Disappointed In missing the guest speaker for the da Vinci exhibit but that’s on me . great venue in a safe area . Fun place for kids too
Written February 12, 2020
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