Upcoming Events

2024 Season

Blacksmithing Demonstration

Date: June 22, 2024
Time: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Visit our own resident blacksmith at work in the Farm Building, from Noon to 4pm!
Included with admission or membership

Children’s Story Time

Date: June 27, 2024
Time: 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Stories with our friends from the Dunlap Public Library District. Oriented towards preschoolers and early elementary ages. Meet at the gazebo then we’ll walk together to a special destination for the stories. Bring your own picnic and have lunch at the picnic tables on the Generation Building’s veranda.

Superhero Day!

Date: June 29, 2024
Time: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Come to the museum wearing your superhero costume! Batman and his Batmobile, the Ghostbusters and their Ectomobiles, the Gotham City Chief O’Hara car, the Scooby Doo Mystery Machine, a Transformers Camero and other special guests will be here to greet you.

Dairy Queen Day!

Date: July 6, 2024
Time: 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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Who doesn’t love ice cream ! Dairy Queen will be at the museum on Saturday, July 6, between noon and 2:30pm. It’s a great chance to get a close up look at the DQ ’55 GMC van, too! Come and get a free DQ dilly bar when you present your admission ticket or membership. While supplies last.

Blacksmithing Demonstration

Date: July 13, 2024
Time: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Visit our own resident blacksmith at work in the Farm Building, from Noon to 4pm!
Included with admission or membership

Ride A Piece of Peoria History – Weather Permitting

Date: July 13, 2024
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Wheels O' Time Museum
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This is a tentative date as we can only ride the Ahrens-Fox Fire Truck if we have good weather, please check the status of the event before you come to the museum on July 13

Families and individuals are welcome and invited to ride in the beautifully restored 1931 Ahrens-Fox Fire Engine! This spectacular truck accommodates six to eight people and will run two to three times per hour. Schedule your group during your visit at the museum. Free access with admission ticket or membership.

Bring your camera and we will take your picture! What an adventure this will be!
Donations from riders for maintenance of this beautiful fire truck will be appreciated.

The Stories of the Silver Streak and the Bradford Model T Girls

Date: July 20, 2024
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Silver Streak Bradford Girls

The same program is presented twice: at 1pm and 3pm

The “Silver Streak” Model T Ford is on display in the Ford building during the month of July. On Saturday, July 20, come and listen to fun and entertaining stories by John Butte (author of Darlene’s Silver Streak and the Bradford Model T Girls) whose mom Regina Fennell (Butte) and his aunt traveled with other women in this car across the USA. These remarkable women known as “The Bradford Model T Girls” were way ahead of their time!

Children’s Story Time!

Date: July 25, 2024
Time: 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
Location: We will meet at the gazebo on the front yard, then walk to our destination spot in the museum.
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Stories with our friends from the Dunlap Public Library District. Oriented towards preschoolers and early elementary ages. Bring your own picnic and have lunch at the picnic tables on the Generation Building’s veranda.

Whiskey Tasting

Date: July 25, 2024
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Generations Building
Whiskey Tasting

Registration Coming Soon!

Join us for an around the world whiskey tasting under the guidance of whiskey afficionado Hugh Higgins, owner of Hearth Restaurant in Peoria Heights.

$75 per person includes the tasting of five different whiskeys, snacks, desserts, and a presentation about the history of whiskey in Peoria, relating to the exhibition ”Intoxicating Times” at the Wheels O’ Time  Museum.

Attendance is limited to 50 guests.

We thank David Vaughan Investments for generously sponsoring this event.

Blacksmithing Demonstration

Date: July 27, 2024
Time: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Farm Building
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Visit our own resident blacksmith at work in the Farm Building, from Noon to 4pm!
Included with admission or membership

Blacksmithing Demonstration

Date: August 10, 2024
Time: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Farm Building
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Visit our own resident blacksmith at work in the Farm Building, from Noon to 4pm!
Included with admission or membership

Service Dogs visit and train at Wheels O’ Time Museum!

Date: August 18, 2024
Time: 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Paws Giving Independence

When you visit, you may find yourself walking alongside a service dog and handler! The lights, sounds, and various exhibit types will provide a unique training opportunity for the service dogs and service dogs in training of Paws Giving Independence.

The objective of PGI is to train service dogs to assist people with a variety of different disabilities while providing support to encourage independence. PGI educates the public to the benefits of Service Dogs and encourages animal rescue by obtaining many of their animals from shelters and rescue groups. Paws Giving Independence provides quality service dogs free of charge to adults and children. It is a fully volunteer-run organization.

Some of the dogs visiting the museum may be on “furlough” from PGI’s training program at Logan Correctional Center. Click here to watch a news feature about a special service dog who was trained through that program.

Regular admission rates apply.

Blacksmithing Demonstration

Date: August 24, 2024
Time: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Visit our own resident blacksmith at work in the Farm Building, from Noon to 4pm!
Included with admission or membership

Pullman Porters 99th Anniversary Talk

Date: August 25, 2024
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Location: Generations Building Meeting Room and Pullman Rail Cars
Pullman Porters

The first black labor union was founded in 1925. Known as the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters, it was organized by the African-American employees of the Pullman Company (Pullman Porters).

While life on the rails was filled with adversity, Pullman Porters helped fuel the Great Migration, shaped the black middle class, and laid groundwork for the Civil Rights movement.

A special talk about the Pullman Porters will be offered in collaboration with the Bradley Department of African American Studies on this 99th anniversary of the founding of the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters. Our own Pullman rail cars were restored and are open to the public. They are part of this profound history.

Children’s Story Time

Date: August 29, 2024
Time: 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Stories with our friends from the Dunlap Public Library District. Oriented towards preschoolers and early elementary ages. Meet at the gazebo then we’ll walk together to a special destination for the stories. Bring your own picnic and have lunch at the picnic tables on the Generation Building’s veranda.

LEGO® and Robotics Day!

Date: September 7, 2024
Time: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: Wheels O' Time Museum
Lego and Robotics

Join us for a fun-filled afternoon where we showcase our own spectacular “Bricks in Motion” LEGO® display by adding fascinating demonstrations in various areas of our Generations Building. We will be joined by students from iSTEAM Studio, the First Lego League Robotics Team (TechnoBots) in Dunlap and other area Robotics teams. Prepare to be amazed by all that LEGO® bricks are capable of in these talented students’ hands!

Garage Sale!

Date: September 14, 2024
Time: 8:00 am - 1:00 pm
Garage Sale

Come on out and shop the Wheels O’ Time Museum annual garage sale! Proceeds help with restoration and preservation of our artifacts. Wide variety of items. No clothing.

Blacksmithing Demonstration

Date: September 14, 2024
Time: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Farm Building
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Visit our own resident blacksmith at work in the Farm Building, from Noon to 4pm!
Included with admission or membership

Area Schools’ Day at the Museum

Date: September 20, 2024
Time: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Wheels O' Time Museum
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I’s a half day off for some schools around the area! On Friday, September 20, 2024, up to two students are admitted free when they come to the museum accompanied by a paying adult. What a great way to spend the half day off!
(Adults $12, additional students $5.00)

Ride a Piece of Peoria History – Weather Permitting

Date: September 21, 2024
Time: 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Wheels O' Time Museum
Ahrens Fox

This is a tentative date as we can only ride the Ahrens-Fox Fire Truck if we have good weather, please check the status of the event before you come to the museum on September 21.

Families and individuals are welcome and invited to ride in the beautifully restored 1931 Ahrens-Fox Fire Engine! This spectacular truck accommodates six to eight people and will run two to three times per hour. Schedule your group during your visit at the museum. Free access with admission ticket or membership.

Bring your camera and we will take your picture! What an adventure this will be!
Donations from riders for maintenance of this beautiful fire truck will be appreciated.

Children’s Story Time

Date: September 26, 2024
Time: 11:30 am - 12:00 pm
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Stories with our friends from the Dunlap Public Library District. Oriented towards preschoolers and early elementary ages. Meet at the gazebo then we’ll walk together to a special destination for the stories. Bring your own picnic and have lunch at the picnic tables on the Generation Building’s veranda.

Antique Tractor Weekend

Start date: September 27, 2024
End date: September 29, 2024
Time: 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Location: All over our campus!
Antique tractor day

The Central Illinois Farm Heritage Tractor Club will display a collection of numerous vintage tractors at the museum.

A three day outdoor and static display of antique farm tractors on the museum lawns. From Friday Sept 27 to Sunday Sept 29.

Included with museum admission.

Blacksmithing Demonstration

Date: September 28, 2024
Time: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Farm Building
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Visit our own resident blacksmith at work in the Farm Building, from Noon to 4pm!
Included with admission or membership

Blacksmithing Demonstration

Date: October 12, 2024
Time: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Visit our own resident blacksmith at work in the Farm Building, from Noon to 4pm!
Included with admission or membership

FALL FESTIVAL

Date: October 13, 2024
Time: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Exhibits and exhibitors will be all throughout our museum campus!
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Fall Festival – one of our most popular days of the season! You’ll love visiting the museum while it is decked out in its best fall and Halloween decor! Enjoy blacksmithing demonstrations, folk music, fire equipment (modern and classic), ambulance tours, beekeeping paraphernalia & honey tasting, hit & miss engines, corn shelling, classic cars, vintage garden tractors, small special exhibits and demonstrations, trains, and so much more!
Light lunch and snacks will be available for purchase!

Regular admission rates apply. No charge for members.

BOGO Entry and Free Dairy Queen Day!

Date: October 19, 2024
Time: 12:00 pm - 2:30 pm
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Enjoy a free Dilly Bar treat from the ’55 Vintage GMC Peoria Dairy Queen van, from Noon to 2:30, while supplies last! Get a close up look at the DQ van in our front parking lot.

Visitors on this special day enter with Buy-One-Get-One-Free Admission rates!*

*Buy one regular priced admission, get 2nd of equal or lower price at no charge. No additional coupons may be used.

Blacksmithing Demonstration

Date: October 26, 2024
Time: 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Location: Farm Building
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Visit our own resident blacksmith at work in the Farm Building, from Noon to 4pm!
Included with admission or membership

Happy Hall O’ Wheels Trick or Treat Event!

Date: October 27, 2024
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: Wheels O' Time Museum main building
Hall O’ Wheels

Attend at your own risk as you may never leave (or want to). On Sunday October 27 come to the museum to celebrate Halloween with us in a safe and fun environment. For children through 8th grade.

The event runs from 6 to 8pm. You may arrive during that window, with last admissions ending at 7:30pm.

Museum Members: $3 per child (ages 2-13) and $2 per accompanying adult.

Non members: $5 per child (ages 2 – 13) and $2 per accompanying adult.

Babies under 2 are free.

Hall O’ Wheels includes a not too spooky scavenger hunt through the museum’s main building, quiet room available for craft activities, and lots of treats.