Museums & History

Peoria Riverfront Museum

Visit the Peoria Riverfront Museum to explore permanent collections, rotating exhibitions and special programs that connect art and science with history and human achievement. Check out the Dome Planetarium to transport yourself to a far-off galaxy or just see the stars above your head. The giant screen theater houses a 52-by-70-foot screen that can show you the world in a BIG way! 

Doug Oberhelman Caterpillar Visitors Center

Learn about Caterpillar’s construction history, from the Panama Canal to the San Francisco cable car system, at the Doug Oberhelman Caterpillar Visitors Center. Eight exhibit galleries, hands-on equipment simulator and over 50 videos and 800 photographs will awaken your curiosity. Climb aboard a motor grader or excavator, design your own CAT machine or hop into a simulation to learn what it feels like to operate heavy machinery. No matter the activity put yourself in the driver’s seat at the Caterpillar Visitors Center.

Wheels O’ Time Museum

Experience the vintage charm of the Peoria Area at Wheels O’ Time Museum. With exhibits including 40 historic cars, the Rock Island Steam locomotive, Caterpillar tractors, antique washing machines, model airplanes and more interactive displays, appreciate the eclectic history of our region. 

Peoria Playhouse Children’s Museum

Step into a world of imagination at the Peoria Playhouse Children’s Museum. The Playhouse encourages children to become explorers and creators of the world, promoting play through exhibits and special programming. Hands-on exhibits such as “Family Farm” and “By Your River, Gently Flowing, Illinois” draw on Peoria and Central Illinois, celebrating the past, present and future of our community.