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Peoria Riverfront Museum to provide free access for PPS students K-8 and families

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.

Kyle Beachy

Kyle Beachy is a Multimedia Journalist for 25 News and Heart of Illinois. Born and raised in Kokomo, Indiana, he attended Indiana Wesleyan University where he studied Education and played baseball. He comes to us from Columbus, Ohio where he received a Master’s Degree from The Ohio State University.

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