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May, 2022

Sun29May12:00 PM5:00 PMCreatures of Light: Nature's Bioluminescence12:00 PM - 5:00 PM Peoria Riverfront Museum, 222 SW Washington St Event Organized By: Peoria Riverfront Museum Event Type :Art ExhibitCost:Included with Admission/Membership


(Sunday) 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM


Peoria Riverfront Museum

222 SW Washington St

Event Details

SHOW DATES: May 28 — Sept. 5, 2022

Gallery Hours:
Sundays NOON-5 PM
Tuesday through Saturday – 10 AM – 5 PM

Have you ever captured a glowing firefly? On a warm summer evening, a firefly’s light seems rare and magical. Yet the tree of life is spangled with organisms that blink, glow, flash, and glitter. Welcome to the world of bioluminescence – the generation of light by living things.

“Creatures of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence” immerses visitors in the extraordinary world of organisms that produce light, from the flickering fireflies (aka “lightning bugs”) found in backyards across the Midwest to the deep-sea fishes that illuminate the perpetually dark depths of the oceans. Rare among plants and animals that live on land, the ability to glow – that is, to generate light through a chemical reaction – is much more common in the ocean, where up to 90 percent of animals at depths below 700 meters (2,300 feet) are bioluminescent.

“Creatures of Light” reveals some of the most magical, wondrous, and truly extraordinary creatures and phenomena to be found in the natural world and takes visitors to such fascinating places as a bioluminescent bay and the far depths of the ocean, explains why and how certain animals create “living light,” and helps us all better understand the vast and glorious ecosystem of which we are just a part.


Included with Admission/Membership


Peoria Riverfront Museuminfo@peoriariverfrontmuseum.org 222 SW Washington St, Peoria, IL

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