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Galleries, museums

Some cultural institutions are open or considering reopening under current COVID restrictions. Check with each facility for indoor, online or outdoor programming. Open facilities have face covering, distancing and other guidelines in effect; see websites or call for details.

Angel Ambrose Fine Arts Studio; 101 W. Monroe St. Suite 201, Bloomington; Open on first Fridays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and by appointment; 309-825-4655;

David Davis Mansion; 1000 Monroe Drive, Bloomington; open for tours, 9 am-3:30 pm Wed-Sat. ; groups of 10 people or less; $10 per person; $100 minimum;; 309-828-1084.

Eaton Studio Gallery; 411 N. Center St., Bloomington; 10am-2pm on Saturday; 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. First Fridays, or by appointment or ring the bell;; 309-828-1575.

Illinois Art Station; 101 E. Vernon Avenue, Normal; Gallery open on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.;; 309-386-1019.

Upside down: accessible art gallery and cooperative; 200 W. Monroe St., Bloomington; 10am-6pm Wednesday to Friday; Saturday 8am-2pm; by appointment Sunday-Tuesday; and 10am-8pm first Friday;; 309-838-2160.

Jan Brandt Gallery; Normandy Village, 1100 Beach St., Building 8, Normal; on appointment;; 309-287-4700.

the Joann Goetzinger studio and gallery; 313 N. Main St. Suite A, Bloomington; open first Fridays from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., also by appointment; mandatory masks and social distancing; 309-826-1193.

Main Gallery 404; 404 N. Main St., Bloomington; 12pm-5pm Thursdays, Fridays; 10am-2pm, Saturday; By chance or by appointment at 309-590-6779.

McLean County Center for the Arts; 601 N. East St., Bloomington; open; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday to Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday, 12 p.m.-4 p.m. Saturday; mandatory masks and social distancing;; 309-829-0011.

McLean County History Museum; 200 N. Main St., Bloomington; 9am-8pm Tuesday; 9am-5pm Monday to Saturday; closed on Sundays, until further notice; reservations at [email protected] or 309-827-0428;; 309-827-0428.

Merwin and Wakeley Galleries; Illinois Wesleyan University; Bloomington; open; 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Friday; 7-9pm, Tuesday evening; 1-4pm, Saturday to Sunday;; 309-556-3391.

Prairie Aviation Museum; 2929 E. Empire St., Bloomington; opens April 2; hours 11am-3pm on Saturdays and Sundays;; 309-663-7632.

Illinois State University Academic Galleries, Normal; open; 9.30am-5pm Monday-Thursday, 9.30am-8pm Friday, 12pm-4pm Saturday, Sunday; 309-438-5487;

Central Illinois

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily, 212 N. Sixth St., Springfield; advance reservation required; adults $15, seniors $12, under 5 free;; 217-558-8844.

Greater Livingston County Council Arts Center; 10am-5pm Monday to Friday; 10am-4pm Saturday; 12pm-4pm Sunday; 209 Madison Street West, Pontiac;; 815-419-2472.

Peoria Center for Contemporary Art; Riverfront Arts Center, 305 SW Water St., Peoria; 11am-5pm Tuesday to Saturday;; 309-674-6822.

Dickson Mounds Museum; 10956 N. Dickson Mounds Road, Lewistown; open, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday; free;; 309-547-3721.

Illinois State Museum; 502 S. Spring St., Springfield; open, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday; Monday to Friday, free;; 217-782-7386.

Lincoln Heritage Museum; Lincoln Center at Lincoln College, 300 Keokuk St., Lincoln; 9am-4pm Tuesday to Friday; 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, closed Sunday, Monday and Lincoln College breaks; $4-7;; 217-735-7399.

Peoria Arts Guild; 203 Harrison Street, Peoria; open; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday to Friday or by appointment;; 309-637-2787.

Peoria Riverside Museum; the riverfront of downtown Peoria; open 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday and Friday; 9 a.m. to 6.30 p.m., Tuesday to Thursday; 9am-2pm Saturday; and closed on Sunday; adults $11, seniors, students $10, ages 3-17 $9;; 309-686-7000.

Simpkins Military History Museum; 605 E. Cole St., Heyworth; Open Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.; Free admission (donations accepted); Private tours, call first; 309-319-3413; Doors open, 1-5 p.m., March 19, marking 63 years of collecting military items.

Time Gallery; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday; 9am-12pm, Saturday; Close on Sunday; Clock Tower Place Building, 201 Clock Tower Drive, East Peoria; 309-467-2331.

U of I Krannert Art Museum; 500 E. Peabody Drive, Champagne; open; 10am-4pm Tuesday to Saturday; Thursdays until 8 p.m. when classes are in session; closed Sunday and Monday;; 217-333-1861.


“Design and Duplication: Treasures from the Collection of the Peoria Riverfront Museum; Gallery 2, until fall 2022; “Archibald Motley’s Bronzeville at Night”; until March 2023; “Creatures of Light: The Bioluminescence of Nature”; until September 5, Experience Gallery; “Modern Masters: Modern Masters from the Heintzman Collection”; until 9/11′; Peoria Riverfront Museum.

“Survival Stories; Object. Image. Memory.” ; until January 22, 2023; Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

“Knowing the Fire: Pueblo Women Potters and the Making of History”; until September 3; “Latina ‘Voces’ Community”; until July 9; U of I Krannert Art Museum.

“2022 Tribute to Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan War”; until November 12; Simpkins Military History Museum.

“Aside from”; second floor gallery; until September 3; “Climate Change in Your Backyard”; Hot Science Gallery on the first floor; until April 22, 2023; “BLACK II: The Migration”; second floor gallery; until September 6; Illinois State Museum.

“Denise Treizman: between two lives”; until July 31; “In living color”; Organized by Teen Art Group; until August 10; University Galleries.

“Vandana Bajikar”; until July; Time Gallery.

“Inscapes: Robert Lee Mejer and Jason Dillard Mejer”; until August 13; “Jessica McGhee: You Can Rest Here”; until August 13; “Hot Ciao IX; group art exhibition”; until July 23; Peoria Center for Contemporary Art.

“Harold Gregor: the pedagogy of the painter”; Brandt/Armstrong/Dolan Galleries; July 15-August. 26; McLean County Center for the Arts.

“We did not know” ; July 14-August. 6; Erin Eveland; Lincoln Institute of the Arts.


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