Get on the Bus

Explore and discover new destinations and neighborhoods while avoiding the hassles of traffic, tolls and parking.

Visit world-class museums and downtown galleries; regional art centers and art fairs; significant architecture and historic homes; as well as artists' studios and boutique shops. Our trips provide a great way to meet new friends with a common interest in the arts!

Friends of the NIU Art Museum receive discounts and early registration on our trips announced first in our membership newsletter, Museum Notes. Join today!

Important Things to Know When You


Trips depart from the parking deck at the northeast corner of Locust Street and Normal Road on campus.

Please arrive 10-15 minutes before departure so we can leave on time. Drivers aren't able to wait for late individuals. Depending on the destination and travel time, bus rides are sometimes long, so feel free to bring snacks, reading material or music with headphones. You can leave these items on the bus during tours and visits - the bus is always locked.


Parking on campus is now administered through AIMS mobile pay or parking pay stations available in the Visitor Pay Lot at 200 Carroll Avenue just west of the parking deck. Campus parking is free on the weekends and after 5 p.m. on weeknights.

Meals and incidentals

Participants are responsible for personal meal costs and additional incidental expenses unless otherwise noted. Guided tours and group admission are included when noted in the event description; otherwise, entry to destinations are on your own.


Trips are rain or shine unless severe, inclement weather conditions require cancellation. Dress for the weather and wear comfortable clothing and shoes since long periods of walking and standing may be involved.

Upcoming Excursions Sign Up

Please note that dates are subject to change and trips are added frequently throughout the year. Refunds cannot be granted after the registration deadline.

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.