Welcome to the Museums of the Diocese of Peoria


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The Catholic Diocese of Peoria is proud to host two museums: The Diocesan Museum and the Archbishop Fulton Sheen Museum . Both are located in the Spalding Pastoral Center located just north of Downtown Peoria, Illinois.

The Diocesan Museum features yearly exhibits that vividly portray many aspects from the history of the Diocese since its establishment in 1875.

The Archbishop Fulton Sheen Museum features several 'stations' - collections that illustrate the story of  Archbishop Sheen's life, work, and the cause for canonization.

The Sheen Tomb is located one block down at the Cathedral of St. Mary 607 NE Madison Ave., Peoria, IL.  Please click on the words Sheen Tomb for hours of operation.

The museums are open Monday-Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. If you wish to book a tour, please check the Contact Us page for list of days we are closed for holidays.  Our museums are free and operate on your generosity only.  To help with carrying out the mission and for the general museum upkeep, please click: DONATE 

There are various activities available for the visitors, such as:
          • Take a detailed guided tour the museum or browse the displays at your pleasure
          • Watch our best-selling movie Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen - Servant of All about his life and ministry - also available for purchase
          • Ask about the Sheen Trail
          • Purchase a souvenir at our religious gift & book shop 
          • Book in advance a Holy Mass for your group
          • Book an exciting visit of the restored St. Mary Cathedral and explore its beauty inspired by the glorious past
          • Relax and let us arrange for your lunch - boxed lunch, pizza or hot buffet.  Ask for details!
          • Visit other noteworthy historic churches in the Peoria area
                                   For your detailed visit schedule and for availability of the 
                                   facilities, please contact the museum offices at 309-671-1550 or by
                                   e-mail at archives@cdop.org to customize your visit.

"Only wounded know how to bind up wounds.  You are not alone! You are on a team!  ‘Why should this happen to me? You ask – forgetful that you helped the team to win.  No suffering is wasted!  As clouds carry rain over mountains so your patience with cancer, your resignation to withered limbs rebounds to some soul in Ceylon, and helps a missionary in Seoul.  The greatest tragedy is not what people suffer but that they have no one whom they love to whom they can offer their cross.”  Archbishop Fulton Sheen (Lenten & Easter Inspirations)

Spalding Pastoral Center
419 NE Madison Avenue
Peoria, IL 61603
Tel. 309-671-1550