Riverfront Museum numbers 6 months in

By Audrey Williams

April 16, 2013 Updated Apr 16, 2013 at 7:15 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill -- Six months in and Museum President Jim Richerson says the Peoria Riverfront Museum is sustaining itself financially.

"All of the work, all of the planning, all the idea of a delta museum, built for change, we certainly have been that," said Richerson.

"It's terrific, it's a wonderful asset for Peoria. We have brought guests here today and are eager to show them around," said Barb Drake, a member at the museum.

Drake said she has come to the museum about a half dozen times. She is one of about 88,000 visitors through the doors, since the October 20th opening.

Drake said, "Weekends when we've been here it's been quite busy, weekdays can be a bit slower, but we see a lot of school kids coming and that's terrific."

Richerson said field trips are booming right now, they account for about 20% of museum attendance. He added, the museum is on track to meet a goal of 150,000 to 180,000 visitors at the one year mark.

"Within the last month alone, with Sean Casey and Tornado Alley, spring break, Jurassic Park and then the opening of the Ansel Adams exhibit we're really having a really strong spring," said Richerson.

He said 91% of guests surveyed in March say they would recommend visiting the museum to others.

"I think that just says volumes about the value that we've delivered here at the museum and what we're doing for downtown Peoria," said Richerson.

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