Peoria Riverfront Museum

Riverfront Museum exhibit features quilts

Jan 29, 2016
Peoria Riverfront Museum

Kristan McKinsey from the Peoria Riverfront Museum joins us to talk about the exhibit, "Stitched for Pleasure and Purpose: Quilts and Samplers." The quilts are drawn from the museum's permanent collection, and span the late 19th and early 20th centuries. We talk about the history of quilting in America, and its functions -- both practical and social.

"Stitched for Pleasure and Purpose" continues through March 20th at the Peoria Riverfront Museum.

Sarah Scott

Road trips are common today among young, single women -- but not so in the 1930s. At that time, camping trips and cross-country travel were exclusive to men. But in 1934 a young beautician from Bradford, Illinois wasn’t about to take no for an answer. She and her friends set out for a summer road trip in a Model-T they affectionately called “The Silver Streak.” Peoria Public Radio’s Daryl Scott visited the car that’s on display at the Peoria Riverfront Museum and shares some of the story of the so-called “Bradford Model T Girls.”

Kristan McKinsey is our guest this week, talking about the exhibit, "Making Their Mark: Illinois Women Artists, 1940-1960" at the Peoria Riverfront Musuem. We talk about the significance of that era in women's history, about the work of the featured artists, and teh legacy they left for the artists who followed in their footsteps. The exhibit runs through January 17th.

Peoria Riverfront Museum

This week, we have another look at "Making Their Mark by Illinois Women Artists." We also preview the Peoria Riverfront Museum's "Gypsy Coeds Ride the Silver Streak," which has beautiful works that include quilts that have never been seen before.

  PEORIA, Ill. (AP) - Officials at the Peoria Riverfront Museum believe their budget will be in the black when the facility wraps up its third year next week. That's a long way from the museum's first two years. The museum's board reports having to use about $1.5 million in reserves over those two years to balance the budget. Museum CEO Sam Gappmayer says attendance this year has been good. The museum will surpass its goal of 160,000 visitors this year. Gappmayer says the resurgence of Peoria's downtown has helped.

An exhibit of relics salvaged from the Titanic is headed to Peoria's Riverfront Museum. Museum officials announced they have secured a contract with Premier Exhibitions, Inc., to bring the show to central Illinois next year. A subsidiary of Atlanta-based Premier oversees the collection of more than 5,500 Titanic artifacts.

Riverfront Museum examines the urge to collect

Mar 6, 2015
Peoria Riverfront Museum

Ann Schmitt talks about an exhibit now on display at the Peoria Riverfront Museum. "Stuff! The Art of Collecting" includes a cabinet curiosities; these private collections of items that inspired curiosity and wonder were an early precursor of the museums we know today. She talks about some of the other items featured in the exhibit, about what the exhibit tells us about the urge to collect, and about a collector's fair the Museum is organizing in May. "Stuff! The Art of Collecting" continues through May 25th.

The Peoria Riverfront Museum staff and boardmembers take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.  All the money raised by the Riverfront Museum participants is being donated locally, to the Peoria Walk to Defeat ALS fund. The Museum has issued the challenge to the Peoria Park District, the Peoria Symphony Orchestra, and the Peoria Civic Center.  Listen to the radio story here:

Tamie Yost

You’ve likely seen the videos, someone gets a bucket of ice-water poured over their head and then challenges a friend or family member to do the same. 

Peoria Riverfront Museum

Nathan Irwin and Suzette Boulais talk with Ann Schmitt from the Peoria Riverfront Musuem, about their exhibit, "The Science of Ripley's Believe It or Not." It presents an array of of oddities, anomalies and fantastic feats -- along with the science behind them. The exhibit runs through September 7th.

Peoria celebrates year as All-America City

Jun 26, 2014
Tamie Yost


The City of Peoria culminated its year-long All America City celebration with a party at the Riverfront Museum.

New CEO shares vision for Peoria Riverfront Museum

Jan 3, 2014
Peoria Riverfront Museum

Sam Gappmayer is the new President and CEO of the Peoria Riverfront Museum. He talks about his plans for the museum: He hopes to make it more "nimble," to pursue programming that reflects the region and be  open to collaboration with partners across the community. He also talks about one of the Museum's current exhibits.


Retired astronaut Jim Lovell was in Chicago today, recreating Apollo 8's famous Christmas Eve broadcast from 1968. As Brian Mackey reports, the original came at the end of a tumultuous year.

With a seemingly intractable war in Vietnam, riots in American cities, and the assassination of Martin Luther King and Bobby Kennedy -- things were not looking up at Christmas 1968. It was against this backdrop that we heard from the three men aboard the first manned flight to the moon.

Peoria's Hidden Treasures - October 21, 2013

Oct 21, 2013

As part of the Citywide Celebration of Women Artists, the Peoria Public Library is displaying the Balance Crazy Quilt and other works on loan from the Peoria Historical Society. The Peoria Women’s Club is furnished with multiple artifacts and works of art, including several paintings by sisters Nona and Emily White. And the Peoria Riverfront Museum is showing eight newly-acquired works by women artists.

PRM offers entry fee changes

Aug 23, 2013

The Peoria Riverfront Museum is working to attract more visitors. The museum is lowering fares for various activities, effective immediately. 

"Science Rocks!" at Peoria Riverfront Museum

Aug 2, 2013

The Peoria Riverfront Museum is opening free to the public Saturday. Peoria County is hosting the event promoting scientific history in Peoria. “Science Rocks!” includes free admission to all museum galleries and the planetarium.

Out and About - July 5, 2013

Jul 5, 2013

This week, we're talking with Kristan McKinsey from the Peoria Riverfront Museum. Their exhibit, "Ansel Adams: Western Exposure" includes more than 120 of Adams' photographs, including many which have rarely been publicly displayed. Other items in the exhibit include drawings, camera equipment and Adams' personal items. The exhibit has been curated by daughter-in-law, Jeanne Adams. It continues through September 22nd. Also on display at the museum is "Lincoln: Self-Made in America," which chronicles Lincoln's early life, political career, Presidency and assassination.

W.D. Boyce Council

The W.D. Boyce Council is hosting a special fundraiser at the Peoria Riverfront Museum Sunday. The goal is to help raise money for a new Pool Shower House at the Ingersoll Scout Reservation in London Mills.

Richerson out as PRM President and CEO

May 16, 2013

Jim Richerson is no longer running the Peoria Riverfront Museum. The announcement comes after the Museum failed to provide Peoria County with contractually required financial information. Peoria County voters approved a quarter of one percent sales tax increase to build the museum in 2009.

OCEARCH team in Peoria

May 14, 2013

A national not-for-profit group is working to get young students interested in the oceanic ecosystem through its research projects.