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“Smithsonian connection good!”

Peoria Riverfront Museum
Ranked #5 of 36 things to do in Peoria
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Activities for older children, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase
Peoria, Illinois, United States
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Smithsonian connection good!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2013

A first class stomp thru Peoria, but lacking some of the more colorful characters in the history of this little riverfront town! The are and artifacts from smithsonian are worthwhile. Don t bother with the snacks, served by a most disinterested staff.

Visited July 2013
Thank Bill W
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Peoria, Illinois
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2013 via mobile

Considering the huge fuss, the museum leaves little to be desired with a generic 'IMAX', outrageous prices for a family with four children and the same boring exhibits that were at the original location. Very sad.
Our son went to one of the camps there too this summer and it was insanely priced, horrible attitudes from the education Director, and rude teachers. Big disappointment!

Visited May 2013
2 Thank willowomyn0704
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Port Matilda, Pennsylvania
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161 reviews
66 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2013

The exhibit area didn't live up to billing. Good stuff, but small and limited, several things for kids were out of order, sort of a downer when you're there with kids. The Planetarium, however, was first rate. A nice diversion when going through Peoria, but I wouldn't make a special trip.

Visited June 2013
1 Thank 111buckhorn
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Peoria, Illinois
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157 reviews
47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“Don't confuse Caterpillar with the Riverfront Museum!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2013

Caterpillar's visitor center and the museum share the same block but are two different entities.

We bought a family membership at Christmas and wasn't sure if we would get our $ out of it.
This museum is so worth it and what a bargain the family membership has been.
My 8 year old son loves the interactive activities so much that we try to go monthly. I really enjoy the art and have seen wonderful local artists as well as a beautiful Ansel Adams exhibit.
My teens have been to the Dome Planetarium several times.
Our plans are to view the new Lincoln exhibit, catch the summer movies on the big screen as well as looking forward to Folding Paper and Ripley's Believe it or not!

Visited May 2013
Thank bjlemont
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66 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Potential For More”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 23, 2013

The Riverfront Museum has been an excellent addition to the downtown area, but the execution has been a little off. The IHSA section is great for kids, and the Peoria section is pretty interesting. Time will tell if they can get some solid exhibits in soon and make this a more regular stop for us.

Visited June 2013
2 Thank seg82
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