PEORIA, Ill. — New exhibits are on their way to the Peoria Riverfront Museum. Wednesday evening leaders held a “state of the museum” event where they announced the acquisition of many exhibitions including one featuring “The Ultimate Predator”.
The Peoria Riverfront Museum is very pleased to announce, they will be the first in the entire midwest region to bring New York City’s T-Rex exhibition to Peoria, Illinois.
“We are proud to say that the largest exhibition on one of the largest dinosaurs will be coming here shortly after its run in New York City,” said Bill Conger, Curator of Exhibits and Collections at Riverfront.
The exhibit will be here In the summer of 2021 after its run in the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.
“The way it actually looked is more descriptive now than ever,” said Conger. “It’s colorful, it’s full of feathers and it’s amazing so thats why this is a phenomenal moment for the museum.
Museum leaders also discussed how beneficial the museum has been. An area developer, Kim Blickenstaff, says the community has a responsibility when it comes to teaching others about what the museum has to offer.
“It’s a great thing to do during the summer,” he said. “That’s what I did, rather than sitting around being bored, mom put us in the station wagon, brought us over to Lakeview (now Riverfront) and we spent the day learning something. There’s a history here, there’s a history of science here and its important that its here in this museum for people to see.”
The superintendent of Peoria Public Schools, Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat is hoping students embrace this message. During the event she talked about the Every Student Initiative, which allows kids K-8 the ability to attend the museum for free.
Kherat says giving them this chance will positively impact the way they learn.
“It’s so inspirational and its very good work,” she said. “It’s investing in our young people in a very different way.”
The first of all the new exhibits is one dedicated to Da Vinci, titled Da Vinci the Genius. That exhibit will feature a number of renditions including one of the Mona Lisa. It will be showing in the fall of 2019.