Upcoming Trips

Get-On-The-Bus Trip Schedule

Saturday, April 1
Capitol Steps at the MAC and Benedictine University’s Komechak Art Gallery
Join us for a must-see production that puts politics and scandal to music at the McAnnich Arts Center. Capitol Steps uses song parodies and original sketches to satirize the comedic political situations of our times with plenty of great new material. Take time before the show starts to view Mirror Face in the Cleve Carney Art Gallery. Before we arrive at the College of DuPage we’ll visit Benedictine University’s campus gallery for the collages and drawings of Jake Fernandez. You can also view the public art collection on display in the Goodwin Hall of Business or visit the award-wining Jurica-Suchy Nature Museum on campus.
Group size is limited to 15 participants! Reserve your seat today!
RSVP by Friday, March 17
Departure: 1 p.m. Expected Return: 7 p.m. Price: Museum Members $64; Non-Member Adult $74; Non-Member Student/Senior $69. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Registration deadline is firm and no refunds or cancelations are offered once ticket block is purchased. Ticket price includes transportation and theater tickets. Not included: Meals and incidentals.


Cleve Carney Gallery


Wednesday, May 3
Vonnegut’s Odyssey and the Ed Paschke Art Center
Enjoy a visit to the Polish Museum of America to view their permanent exhibitions and then visit Vonnegut’s Odyssey at the National Veterans Art Museum. The exhibition explores the story of a veteran’s return from combat through the artwork of World War II veteran and famed author Kurt Vonnegut Jr. His illustrations of his post-war experience documents the process of returning home. We will also visit the Ed Paschke Art Center dedicated to this Polish-American and Chicago artist that serves as a place of creativity. Finally, dine at Smakosz, a family-owned Polish restaurant in the neighborhood. RSVP by 4/27.
Departure: 1 p.m. Expected Return: 8:30 p.m. Price: Museum Members $20; Non-Member Adult $30; Non-Member Student/Senior $25. Ticket price includes transportation. Meals and incidentals not included.



Wednesday, May 31 through Sunday, June 4, 2017
Milwaukee and Wisconsin Arts OVERNIGHTER!

Join the NIU Art Museum on a small group trip to one of our staff’s favorite Midwestern cities with a rich array of interesting museums, ethnic heritage sites, and exquisite art and architectural gems. Spend four nights in the restored 1928 boutique Art Deco Ambassador Hotel while you enjoy good company and new adventures.

See this application for full details. For more details on the trip's sites visit these links.

Early Registration Discounts Available Through: Friday, March 17
Final Registration Deadline: Friday, April 14

Limited group size, Space Limited! Reserve your seat today by phoning Jo Burke at 815-753-1936.


Milwaukee, WI


Saturday, June 10, 2017
Friends of Friends co-sponsored Trip to Printers Row Lit Fest
The Friends of the DeKalb Public Library, The Friends of the University Libraries, and the Friends of the NIU Art Museum are coming together for a trip to Chicago’s 32nd Annual Printers Row Lit Fest (formerly Printers Row Book Fair). This two-day celebration of all things literary includes an outdoor book fair with over 200 booksellers from across the country displaying new, used and antiquarian books and a literature festival jam packed with readings, discussions and presentations by almost as many authors and publicists. The Printers Row Lit Fest takes place over five city blocks of historic Dearborn Avenue, between Congress and Polk. Plenty of food vendors and local eateries.  Get up close to hear your favorite authors.  The Printers Row Lit Fest is the largest free literary event in the Midwest drawing over 120,000 book-lovers to the two day celebration.  Let’s get a large group of our local bibliophiles together so we can get a big comfy bus! RSVP by 5/23. 
Departure: 8:30 a.m. Expected Return: 8:30 p.m. Price: Member of two or more Friends’ Programs $20; Member of one Friends’ Program $25; Non-Member $30. Ticket price includes transportation. Meals and incidentals not included. Three pick up locations: Campus, DeKalb, and Fox Valley.

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Save the Date!
Sunday, September 10 – Friday, September 15, 2017
Paducah and Louisville, Kentucky Get-on-the-Bus OVERNIGHTER!
With stops in Mt. Vernon, Illinois and Columbus, New Harmony, and French Lick, Indiana. Arts and architecture highlights include: Cedarhurst Art Fair, National Quilt Museum, Richard Meier’s Athenaeum, Philip Johnson’s Roofless Church, the West Baden Springs Hotel (“8th Wonder of the World”), Columbus Moderns by Eliel and Eero Saarinen and the Miller House and Garden; the recently remodeled Speed Art Museum, Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft, a bit of bourbon and some Derby Pie.

Sign-up early if interested; Our overnight trips fill fast! Stay tuned! Pricing to come.



The NIU Art Museum’s Get-On-The-Bus Trips should not be missed!

To reserve your seat on the bus, please contact the NIU Art Museum by phoning 815-753-1936.
Visit our link http://www.niu.edu/artmuseum/bus/signup.shtml for more details.

Please note dates and prices of bus trips are subject to change and trips are frequently added throughout the year.

Pre-registration and payment required for all Get-on-the-Bus Excursions. Payment may be made with cash, check made out to NIU, or major credit card over the phone. NIU Art Museum members receive discounts on bus trips as well as access to Members’ Only excursions. Join Today! Members are always welcome to submit ideas and requests.