PEORIA (WEEK) - The Peoria Riverfront Museum is closed to the public now, but when programs resume, the doors will be open for all Peoria Public Schools students grades K-8 and their families for free.
The museum announced they would close during Governor JB Pritzker's statewide Tier 3 mitigations. As soon as those guidelines are lifted, a spokesperson said Monday they will have three different opportunities for PPS students and their entire families.
During the PPS Board of Education meeting Monday night, a representative from the museum announced the partnership which will include 3 opportunities. Students can bring their families to enjoy a film at the museum theatre, explore the museum's galleries, and explore the planetarium all free of charge.
This special opportunity will begin as soon as the museum re-opens and will run through May 1, 2021. If a student utilizes all three opportunities, the museum will reward them with 2 free tickets to a future T-Rex exhibit from New York's Museum of Natural History.
Some of the exhibits that will be available in the Spring are:
-Local artist Preston Jackson's 'Bronzeville to Harlem: An American Story' features over one hundred painted bronze pieces from the Harlem Renaissance period.
-American documentarian Ken Burns possesses the largest American quilt collection in the world. His collection will be on display at the Peoria Riverfront Museum.
-Additionally, the Chicago History Museum will have an exhibit on railroaders.