About the Museum

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-winning, 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 of the College of Visual and Performing Arts.

Land Acknowledgement

Northern Illinois University occupies the traditional homelands of Anishinaabe peoples, also known as the Council of the Three Fires. Other Indigenous peoples who call this land home include the Sac and Fox, Kickapoo, Peoria, Miami, and Sioux. We acknowledge the presence and continued vitality of these and other Native communities in our state and Midwest region.

Please read the full statement on the Working Together for Racial and Social Justice, Equity and Inclusion webpage.

Northern Illinois University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.

Contact Us

NIU Art Museum
Altgeld Hall 116

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Gallery Hours

10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
Noon - 6 p.m. Thursday, Friday
Noon - 3 p.m. Saturday and by appointment for group tours.

Closed university holidays and between exhibitions.