Peoria Riverfront Museum

Explore exhibits on international art, folk art, sculpture, ethnographic and outsider art, and even natural science at the Peoria Riverfront Museum. During their trip to the museum, campers might learn about pioneer life in Illinois, make their own recycled paper and origami, or learn about Mississippian culture through natural history exhibits. The museum also has a dome planetarium, which offers films on weather, space, history, world cultures, and even Van Gogh. Workshop programs give campers an opportunity to test, explore, and investigate concepts.
 
Contact Info
Address: 222 SW Washington Street, Peoria, IL 61602. Peoria County. Tel: 309-686-7000. Website: www.peoriariverfrontmuseum.org. Email: hplacko@peoriariverfrontmuseum.org. Hrs: Tue.-Sat. 10AM-5PM, Sun. 12-5PM. 
 
Trip Info
Grade Level: All grades. Activity Type: Self-Guided Activities, Guided Activities, Self-Guided Tours, Guided Tours. Recomm. Length of Visit: 2 hours. Cost: Fee.

Museums Fun Facts

Museums are collections - of artifacts, paintings, etc. Talk about what types of collections campers have at home – be they stamps, baseball cards, or other items.

Use this comparison to frame some activities: talk about how museum collections came to be. Who collected and gathered the items on display? Compare this to how campers gathered their own collections at home. Also talk about (both with campers and museum staff) how the exhibits at the museum are arranged – such as the lighting and temperature for a certain exhibit.

Have campers set up a “Trip Museum” back at camp, consisting of items they’ve obtained on field trips; think of it as a group show and tell, where everyone participates and contributes to the collection.