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What to Expect When Visiting

  • Gallery capacity is currently limited to 6 people per gallery.
  • Large group gatherings are not permitted and the ability to conduct guided tours is impacted as well.
  • Timed entry can be scheduled online for your convenience and safety.
  • Physical distancing is encouraged. Please maintain 6 feet of distance from others and avoid gathering in groups.
  • Face masks are required over your nose and mouth and secured under chin whenever inside campus buildings.

Demonstrate Patience, Grace and Respect

We all benefit from acknowledging that this is a stressful time period and that the impacts of COVID-19 on each Huskie are unique and could be significant. By continuing to support one another and holding firm to NIU’s values, our community will be strengthened and sustained.

Public Visitors

Visitors are welcome on campus, but we ask that you take the same precautions we ask our students, faculty and staff to protect yourself and others.

We encourage you to view NIU's visitor expectations for campus guests.

Self-monitoring

If you experience any of these symptoms you may have COVID-19. Please consult your health care provider and plan to visit the Art Museum another time.

NIU COVID Screening

If you have had any close contact with someone with lab-confirmed or presumptive COVID-19 diagnosis, you should complete the COVID-19 screening checklist and your local health care provider.

Check your symptoms daily with the #CampusClear app

Limited Gallery Hours

Open to the public
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Tuesday
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Wednesday
Noon - 6 p.m. Friday
Noon - 3 p.m. Saturday, and limited appointment.

Closed university holidays and between exhibitions.

General Information 815-753-1936.

Admission

Admission is free and open to the public, but donations are always appreciated.

Visitors are welcome on campus, but we ask that you take the same precautions we ask our students, faculty and staff to protect yourself and others.

Location

The galleries and our administrative offices are 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.

Group Visits and Guided Tours

At this time, indoor gatherings at the university are limited with restrictions. Guidance on university events will continue to evolve over the course of the semester. 

Please know that gallery capacity is currently limited to 6 people per gallery. Large group gatherings are not permitted and the ability to conduct guided tours is impacted as well.

Prearranged group visits, field trips and guided tours of the exhibitions are available and free. For more information and useful tips please view our helpful guidelines (PDF). To arrange your group's visit or guided tour please complete our online registration form or download a request form (PDF).


Schedule a Group Visit or Guided Tour


Contact our Education Coordinator if you have any questions about your visit.


Some of our exhibitions explore challenging, contemporary subject matter and may not be suitable for all audiences. We recommend that visitors contact the Museum before organizing visits with children or sensitive audiences.

Maps

Campus Map


 

Driving Directions

Driving Directions to campus

Directions from the East

From downtown DeKalb, traveling west on Lincoln Hwy./Route 38, turn right onto Castle Dr. at the light past the lagoon. At the College Ave. intersection turn left, Altgeld is the castle building on your right.

Directions from the West

From Annie Glidden, traveling east on Lincoln Hwy./Route 38, turn left onto Castle Dr. at the light, before the lagoon. At the College Ave. intersection turn left, Altgeld is the castle building on your right.

 

Visitor Parking

Parking is available in the Visitor Pay Lot located at 200 Carroll Avenue, east of Annie Glidden Rd. north of Lincoln Hwy. Limited metered and accessible parking spaces are available in front of Lowden Hall with accessible aisles and route to Altgeld.

Campus parking is free on weekends and after 5 p.m. weeknights. 

 

 

DeKalb Public Transportation

The Huskie Line provides public transportation for all residents of NIU's campus in DeKalb as well as the DeKalb metropolitan area. Visit the NIU Huskie Bus Line for bus schedules and travel information. All Huskie Buses are accessible for persons with disabilities, but special Freedom Mobile buses are also offered specifically for persons with disabilities. For more information about Freedom Mobile buses, call 815-753-1303.

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