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Peoria Riverfront Museum to celebrate one millionth visitor

PEORIA - The Peoria Riverfront Museum will celebrate its one millionth visitor at 10:30 a.m. Friday with a party, cake, refreshments and more festivities.

Vicki Hightower, who checked in Sunday at 2:25 p.m. with her family, will be celebrated as the museum's one millionth guest. Hightower is a Peoria grandmother who works in Bloomington as senior director of adult services at YWCA McLean County.

She called the honor of being the museum’s one millionth visitor “icing on the cake.”

The event is free and open to the public.

“We had a chance to get the family together Sunday and came to see the exhibit, but I did not see this coming,” she continued. “We love the museum.”

It took careful accounting Monday morning to ensure that the correct visitor was chosen. The end-of-the-day count for Sunday was 1,000,267.

“Our CFO Ruth Bittner keeps records of all experiences generated at the museum based on ticket sales for gallery visits, movies, events, classes and summer camp, along with planetarium visits and all other activities,” Museum CEO John Morris said. “The museum counts separately visits to the galleries, giant screen theater, planetarium and events. While we knew we were getting close, the great attendance for ‘Mythic Creatures’ helped push us over the mark Sunday."

The museum opened to the public Oct. 20, 2012. For more information on the event or about the museum, call (309) 686-7000, or visit RiverfrontMuseum.org.


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