Riverfront Museum celebrates success of Titanic exhibit

PEORIA -

The Titanic exhibit sailed into the Peoria Riverfront Museum bringing a record number of visitors. In the titanic's 4-month run,  nearly 44,000  people came through the museum's doors just to see the exhibit.

Those visitors quadrupled the museum's gallery attendance numbers from the same period the previous year. In total, more than 78,500 people visited the museum during that time, leading to a 77% increase over the previous year.

"Titanic has that strange allure that we are fascinated by it more than 100 years after the event actually took place." Lead Curator at the Peoria Riverfront Museum, Ann Schmitt, said.

Thousands of people came through the doors of Peoria's Riverfront Museum to lay their eyes upon the unsinkable ship.

"It's always great when we have something that appeals to somebody who maybe didn't see themselves as a museum-goer.” Schmitt said.

The visitors who came from 39 different states is helping to keep the museum's bottom line afloat.

"We do a lot of programs here that do not generate revenue so something that generates a lot of revenue helps to support the things that we're able to offer free of charge to the public." Schmitt said.

The extra visitors also help the city stay above water, bringing in over $2 Million in economic impact.

"We know they stayed the night in our hotels which meant that they ate here, they shopped here, they put gas in their cars here.” Director of Marketing & Communications for the Peoria Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, Cara Allen, said.

As the Titanic exhibit sails out of the Peoria Riverfront Museum, the Peoria Convention and Visitor's Bureau is ready what's next on the horizon.

"We know that we are a destination, we are a drive-to destination, we are a city with a hometown feel and people love that.” Allen explained.

There are more changes on the way at the Peoria Riverfront Museum, its new director, John Morris, starts on April 10th. 

Here's what's coming next to the museum:

  • Smithsonian's "Genome: Unlocking Life's Code" and Microscuplture: The Insect Portraits of Levon Biss" run April 1-May 29
  • "The George & Norma Kottemann Collection: A 40-Year Passion for Art" will be April 8-July 9
  • "Playing with Light" opens June 17 and goes through September 10

For more information on activities at the Peoria Riverfront Museum, click here.

 

 


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