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Galleries, museums

Some cultural institutions are open or making plans to reopen 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 Art Studio; 101 W. Monroe St. Suite 201, Bloomington; Open First Fridays 5-8 pm 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 or less; $10 per person; $100 minimum;; 309-828-1084.

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

Illinois Art Station; 101 E. Vernon Ave., Normal; Gallery open Saturdays 10am-2pm;; 309-386-1019.

Inside Out: Accessible Art Gallery & Cooperative; 200 W. Monroe St., Bloomington; 10am-6pm Wednesday-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; by appointment;; 309-287-4700.

Joann Goetzinger Studio and Gallery; 313 N. Main St. Suite A, Bloomington; open first Fridays 5-8 pm, Saturdays 9 am-4 pm, also by appointment; masks and social distancing required; 309-826-1193.

Main Gallery; 404 N. Main St., Bloomington; 12-5 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays; 10am-2pm, Saturdays; By luck or appointment at 309-590-6779.

McLean County Arts Center; 601 N. East St., Bloomington; open; 10 am-5 pm Monday-Friday, 10 am-7 pm Tuesday, 12-4 pm Saturday; masks and social distancing required;; 309-829-0011.

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

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

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

University Galleries of Illinois State University, Normal; open; 9:30am-5pm Monday-Thursday, 9:30am-8pm Friday, noon-4pm Saturday, Sunday; 309-438-5487;

Central Illinois

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum; 9 am-5 pm daily, 212 N. Sixth St., Springfield; advance reservation required; adults $15, seniors $12, under 5 free;; 217-558-8844.

Art Center at Greater Livingston County Arts Council; 10am-5pm Monday-Friday; 10am-4pm Saturday; noon-4 pm Sunday; 209 W. Madison St., Pontiac;; 815-419-2472.

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

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

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

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

Peoria Art Guild; 203 Harrison St., Peoria; open; 9 am-2 pm Tuesday-Friday or by appointment;; 309-637-2787.

Peoria Riverfront Museum; downtown riverfront Peoria; open 9am-4pm, Monday and Friday; 9am-6:30pm, Tuesday-Thursday; 9am-2pm Saturday; and closed 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 1-5 pm; Free admission (donations accepted); Private tours – call first; 309-319-3413; Open House, 1-5 pm, March 19, marking 63 years of collecting military items.

Time Gallery; 9am-5pm, Monday-Friday; 9am-12pm, Saturday; Closed Sunday; Clock Tower Place Building, 201 Clock Tower Drive, East Peoria; 309-467-2331.

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


“Community: African American Experience During Migration”; through Spring 2022; Owens Gallery; “American Verses: Terry Adkins, Mark Bradford & Kerry James Marshall”; through Spring 2022; Owens Gallery Annex; “Cinderella, Snow White & Pinocchio”; Classic Disney Art from the Collection of Steve Spain; Oberhelman Gallery; through May 8; “OP Art: Illusions from the Permanent Collection”; Experience Gallery, through May 8; “Moon”; Experience Gallery, through May 8; “Uncovered: The Ken Burns Collection”; Galleries 1 & 2; through June 5; Peoria Riverfront Museum.

“Sacred/Supernatural: Religion, Myth and Magic in European Prints, 1450-1900”; through May 15; “To Know The Fire: Pueblo Women Potters and The Shaping of History”; through Sept. 3; “2022 School of Art + Design Master of Fine Arts Exhibition”; through April 23; U of I Krannert Art Museum.

“Marlene Gregor”; Armstrong Gallery; through May 13; McLean County Arts Center.

“CAC Member Artists Biennial Exhibition”; through April 16; Contemporary Art Center of Peoria.

“Thickets…that which surrounds our struggles”; Drawings and inks by Herb Eaton; through April 20; Eaton StudioGallery.

“2022 Honoring the Iraq and Afghanistan War Veterans”; through Nov. 12; SimpkinsMilitary History Museum.

“Edgewise”; second floor gallery; through Sept. 3; Illinois State Museum.

“35th Annual Student Exhibition”; through April 20; Merwin and Wakeley Galleries.

“Student Annual”; April 14-May 8; University Galleries.

“High Energy/Soothing”; LAI Group Exhibit; April 14-May 6; Lincoln Arts Institute.


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