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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, by appointment or bell; 5-8pm First Fridays, also by appointment;; 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 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; closed until April;; 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 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday; 12pm-5pm Sunday, closed Monday; adults $11, seniors, students $10, ages 3-17 $9;; 309-686-7000.

Simpkins Military History Museum; temporarily closed; private tours only; 605 E. Cole St., Heyworth; military history; free (donations accepted); 309-319-3413.

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.


“The State of Sound: A World of Music from Illinois”; until January 23, 2022; Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum.

“Community: African-American experience during migration”; until spring 2022; Owens Gallery; “American Verses: Terry Adkins, Mark Bradford and Kerry James Marshall”; until spring 2022; Owens Gallery Annex; Peoria Riverside Museum.

“man/nature: the weight of our actions on the natural world”; until January 29, 2022; “Art in motion”; until February 26; “Reports from a Living World”; until March 6; Illinois State Museum.

“A Matter of Emphasis: Drawing by Louise Fishman”; until February 26, 2022; U of I Krannert Art Museum.

“Temple”; by Michael Aldag; until January 29; Time Gallery.

“Work, People, Art”; Lower level gallery; until April 1, 2022; Dickson Mounds Museum.

“Home Sweet Home: Shahrbanoo Hamzeh”; until February 19; “Roger Bean & Chuck Flagg”; until February 19; Peoria Center for Contemporary Art.

“The Oregon Days”; Susan Nestory; “Time and reflection”; Christopher Holbrook; open on January 7; Peoria Arts Guild.

“Director’s Choice: Selections from the Permanent Collection”; until February 25; Brandt Gallery; “Kent Broadbent”; until February 18; Armstrong Gallery; “Outsider Artists: The Krystal Lyon Collection”; through February 18; Dolan Gallery; McLean County Center for the Arts.

“Celebrating Darkness: An Exhibition”; January 17-March 3; Merwin and Wakeley Galleries.

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