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About the Museum

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Part of the College of Visual and Performing Arts' vibrant and active arts community on campus, the NIU Art Museum is a resource for the NIU campus, local community and beyond.

The Art Museum presents an annual exhibition and events calendar with award-wining, original curated exhibitions and national traveling shows that deeply explore thematic topics of visual culture. We work to explore and foster appreciation of art and visual culture’s capacity to communicate the diversity of the human experience, making global interconnections for our visitors.

While contributing to the university’s educational curriculum, the Art Museum also adds to a thriving regional community.

We regularly collaborate with other university art museums and galleries; regional history centers and archives; commercial galleries as well as NIU’s School of Art and Design, various academic divisions and university resource centers.

Read a message from Paul Kassel, Dean, College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Gallery Hours

Free and open to the public
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday: Noon-7 p.m.
Sunday Noon-4 p.m.
By appointment for group tours.

Closed during the summer, between exhibitions and during university holidays.

Location

The NIU Art Museum is located on the first floor, west end of Altgeld Hall, on the corner of College Avenue and Castle Drive on the main campus of Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, IL.

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