Welcome to the Museums of the Diocese of Peoria


The Catholic Diocese of Peoria is proud to host two museums: The Diocesan Museum and the Archbishop Fulton J. 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 J. Sheen Museum features several 'stations' - collections that illustrate the story of  Archbishop Sheen's life, work, and the cause for canonization.

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 (one hour long) - also available for purchase
          • Ask about the Sheen Trail
          • Purchase a souvenir at our religious gift & book shop (Thank you!)
          • Book an engaging speaker about Fulton Sheen for your group's visit
          • During the exciting time of renovation of St. Mary's Cathedral (Spring 2015-Summer 2016), book a Holy Mass for your group in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Chapel located in the pastoral center
          • While at this time the cathedral is not available for tours and will be open for Sunday Masses only, check the renovation progress on facebook and at http://peoriacathedral.blogspot.com/ 
          • Be the first to book an exciting visit of the renovated cathedral after the scaffolding goes down!
          • Explore the 'new' Cathedral and its beauty inspired by the glorious past
          • Visit the beautified Lady Chapel and learn the story behind the Golden Roses of St. Therese of the Child Jesus
          • Don't miss your favorite Saint in the cathedral collection of relics at Saint Thomas More Chapel
          • Book an organ mini-concert in the Cathedral
          • Relax and let us arrange for your lunch – boxed lunch, pizza or hot buffet.  Ask for ready details!
          • Complete your pilgrimage with receiving a gift blessed by Bishop Jenky
          • 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.

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