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Upcoming Excursions

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

To reserve your seat on the bus, call the NIU Art Museum at 815-753-1936.
Visit our sign-up page for more details.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Art Institute of Chicago’s India Modern

View the AIC’s exhibition India Modern: The Paintings of M. F. Husain, a prominent 20th-century Indian artist that helped develop modern Indian art. Celebrating India’s rich and diverse history, the eight triptych panels on view at the AIC are the last works of Husain’s unfinished commission when he passed in 2011. Prior to our visit to the museum we will enjoy the multicultural sights and tastes of West Devon Avenue and the blending of Asian ethnicities found there. Choose to dine on Indian cuisine at a local restaurant in the area and then spend some time exploring the Mughal Bakery for sweets, the Patel Brothers Indian grocery or the India Book House for a little cultural diversion.
RSVP by 02/23. Departure 9:30 a.m. Expected Return 6:30 p.m. Price: NIU Art Museum Members $25; Non-Member Adult $35; Non-Member St/Sr $30. Ticket price includes transportation. Meals and incidentals not included. AIC Admission on your own (AIC Members free; IL residents $22 Adults, $16 St/Sr).

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Roger Brown Study Collection

Visit Chicago Imagist artist Roger Brown’s home and studio in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. One of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Special Collections the home is a museum, archive, studio, and study center that cares for the interpretation and preservation of Brown’s collection and estate. Learn about his career, his collection of tribal and unconventional artists, as well as other Imagists’ work. All are maintained in the setting of his studio and home preserved with his Ford Mustang still parked in the garage. Enjoy lunch in the neighborhood at the distinctly Chicago Goose Island Brewpub.
RSVP by 03/16. Departure 9:30 a.m. Expected Return 5:30 p.m. Price: NIU Art Museum Members $40; Non-Member Adult $50; Non-Member St/Sr $45. Ticket price includes transportation, admission and guided tour. Meals and incidentals not included.

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. Members are always welcome to submit ideas and requests.

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.


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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