Welcome to the Museums of the Diocese of Peoria




Welcome, the Catholic Diocese of Peoria is proud to host two museums: The Diocesan Museum and the Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Museum.

The Diocesan Museum is located on the grounds of the Spalding Pastoral Center located just north of Downtown Peoria, Illinois. The museum features a rotating collection of exhibits that vividly portray the history of the Diocese since its establishment in 1875.

The Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen Museum is also located in the Spalding Pastoral Center and features five collections that illustrate the story of  Archbishop Sheen's life, work, and the ongoing cause for canonization.

Both museums are open daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm Monday through Friday.  Click on Contact us for list of days we are closed.  Our museums are free and operate on your generosity.  To donate click here: DONATE


Many activities are available for visitors to both museums, including:
          • Tour the museum with fun interaction and freebies (prayer cards, small souvenirs, informational material, newsletters)
          • Watch a movie about Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen's life and ministry
          • Ask about the Sheen Trail
          • Purchase a souvenir at our gift shop (Thank you!)
          • Listen to guest speakers featured at the Pastoral Center
          • Attend a celebration of the Holy Mass in the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception
          • Explore the Cathedral and discover its secrets
          • Visit the Lady Chapel and learn the story behind the Golden Roses of St. Therese of Lisieux
          • Find your favorite saint’s relic in the Saint Thomas More Chapel
          • Enjoy an organ mini-concert in the Cathedral
          • Relax and let us arrange for your lunch – boxed lunch, pizza or hot buffet
          • Visit other historic churches in the Peoria Area
                                   Because some of these activities depend on the availability of the 
                                   facilities. Please call the museum offices at 309-671-1550 to customize 
                                   your visit.

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