PEORIA -- There are just ten days to go until the grand opening of Peoria's new Riverfront Museum.
The 140 million dollar project has been more than a decade in the making. Now it's finally putting on the finishing touches.
As soon as you walk in the doors, you're engaged. You have the power to control the colors of the overhead sculpture.
CEO and President Jim Richerson said, "We've already had more than 2,000 people visit various parts of the museum and the overall response is WOW."
The downtown museum fills nearly 80,000 square feet and is a mix of art, science and dedication to central Illinois.
There's an entire room honoring the Illinois High School Association, where you can move between a series of interactive tests.
Richerson said this place is built on an important idea. "There's a concept that runs through the whole museum. It's the Delta concept, it's a museum built for change."
As you pass through the hall, you can see an original Peoria courthouse clock dating back to 1878.
Then another historic exhibit called "The Street." It allows you to take a walk around old Peoria.
Richerson said, "It's all a thrill to see. All these ideas come together to see how people react to them."
American Alliance of Museums President Ford Bell is in town to get a look. He said the new museum is essential to the city.
Bell said, "There's 850 million museum visits in the U.S. every year - that's six times the attendance at all major league sporting events so museums bring people into the community."
Other attractions include the Dome planetarium and Giant Screen Movie Theater.
And before you head out, you can grab a souvenir from the gift shop.
Now that's just a quick look at the inside - you can see the museum for yourself at its grand opening on Oct. 20.
Admission costs $11 for adults, $10 for seniors, and $9 for children.
The museum will also include traveling exhibits. The first one will be filled with artwork created by local central Illinois artists.