Riverfront Museum hoping to attract big numbers during state tournament

By Beau Ebenezer

March 9, 2013 Updated Mar 9, 2013 at 9:37 PM CDT

PEORIA Ill -- There is a new way to kill time in between games this year if your attending the IHSA State Basketball tournament at the Civic Center.

"To us, this is a hand in glove situation, said President and CEO of the Peoria Riverfront Museum, Jim Richerson. "You don't have to move your car once you park it. Certainly the excitement of the athletic events are really cool, but then you come down here and have something with the entire family at the Peoria Riverfront Museum. It is great to have this gallery."

The IHSA Peek Performance Gallery brought in history buffs and families of all kinds to learn about IHSA's past.

This is the first March Madness since the museum opened last year.

Ryan Lambert came from Harrisburg, Illinois with his family to watch his hometown compete in the State Championship.

While they waited for their next game, they blew off some steam.

"We got some information on things to do in Peoria," said Lambert. "It seems the kids always enjoy coming to museums so we thought we'd come down on the riverfront, and just try to enjoy ourselves why we are in town."

Others were in town as an annual tradition, making it their first trip to the new museum.

"For the past 20 years my family and I have come down to the basketball tournament," said Stockton resident, Vicki Schulz. "I think this is really nicely located downtown. It was really easy to get to. We usually stay out by the mall."

Museum officials are hoping to draw in even more visitors from the tournament.

Visitors can purchase an IHSA Museum pass for $30, which will give you access to the entire museum for the whole weekend.

Your IHSA ticket stub will also get you one dollar off your entrance to the museum during both state tournament weekends.

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