The Peoria Riverfront Museum is a one-of-a-kind collaboration where visitors can explore and learn about the world—from our own backyards to far-off galaxies. We focus on interdisciplinary learning—a fusion of art, history, science, and achievement designed to develop knowledge, critical thinking skills, and a lifelong passion for learning.
We’re the only museum in downstate Illinois to be affiliated with the Smithsonian Institution. We also strive to bring to the region exciting national and international exhibitions. Our goal is to offer exhibits that visitors might normally have to travel great distances to experience.
Our programs are an extension of the classroom—engaging the community, empowering teachers, and exciting and educating students.
The Museum is a collaborative effort of eight organizations with nearly 500 years of combined experience educating, entertaining and supporting culture in the Peoria area. For more than 10 years, these entities worked tirelessly to bring to life a one-of-a-kind experience for the people of central Illinois and beyond.
Our collective objective is to provide interdisciplinary learning opportunities for people of all ages, create a diverse and cultural campus in the heartland, and positively impact our region’s economy.
A far cry from the Lakeview Museum & Planetarium that I grew up with, I am looking forward to a trip to see my family and explore the great new building that is now on the riverfront of the Illinois River.