Peoria Holocaust Memorial Gets a New Home

Feb 26, 2017

Peoria Holocaust Memorial is about to have a new home. The 11 million buttons formerly housed in glass cases at the Shoppes at Grande Prairie will soon be on display at the Peoria Riverfront Museum.

PRM's Next Chief is Peoria Native John Morris

Feb 22, 2017
Tanya Koonce / Peoria Public Radio

Peoria native and former city councilman John Morris will be the the new president and CEO of the Peoria Riverfront Museum.


Morris is currently the development director of major gifts at Eureka College, serving in that role for about a decade. He spent the previous decade heading up development for WTVP and started his career at Lakeview Museum.


  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.

The Peoria Riverfront Museum turns a year-old this weekend.  Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports the facility is planning special events and marketing to boost attendance:

Riverfront Museum scales back goals

Aug 27, 2013

The Peoria Riverfront Museum is scaling back its attendance goal this year following a lower-than-expected visitor count since opening in October.  Nearly 25-percent fewer people than expected visited the museum through June.  Museum Board President Dave Ransburg says the low number also means the museum had to use nearly twice as much money as expected from private donations to fill its spending gap last fiscal year:

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. 

  The Peoria Riverfront Museum has failed to file required financial information with the County, that holds the property. Peoria Public Radio’s Alex Rusciano reports that leaves the Museum’s financial standing in question: