Upcoming Excursions

Enjoy exciting day trips and overnight adventures to arts and cultural events throughout the year!

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Historic black and white documentary photograph of U.S. soldier crawling on the beach in surf during the D-day landings.

National Veterans Art Museum and Pritzker War Museum
Tuesday, September 10

Join us for a trip to the National Veterans Art Museum to view an exhibition of works from the NVAM permanent collection as well as a retrospective exhibition of Maurice Costello’s work. Costello, a native of Indiana, served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam from 1967-1968 and his work captures his experiences there. Stop at the Harold Washington Library to view the NVAM’s public installation of Above and Beyond, a memorial to soldiers killed in Vietnam. Then, walk to the Pritzker War Museum for D-Day+75 commemorating the 75th anniversary of the invasion of Normandy with historic photographic documentation. Also view the permanent Medal of Honor exhibition highlighting the nation’s highest award for valor in combat before enjoying an Italian inspired dinner at Acanto or at your own Michigan Avenue favorite.

RSVP by September 5. Departure 12 p.m. Expected Return 9:15 p.m. Price: Members $25; Non-Member St/Sr $30; Non-Member Adult $35. Ticket price includes transportation. Meals and incidentals not included. Admission on your own to PWM $5; NVAM is free.


Reenactment actor dressed in historic World War II 101st Airborne Infantry uniform at Midway Village World War II Days event.

World War II Days at Midway Village
Sunday, September 22

Step back in time and experience a day of re-enactments, vintage displays, 1940s music, and historic military vehicles. Midway Village’s military re-enactment is the largest in the Midwest and includes encampments of Allied and Axis troops with realistic skirmishes integrated in the historic village. World War II Days includes elaborate and realistic battles complete with tanks, artillery, armored vehicles, and exciting pyrotechnic displays. Join us for the day and experience this historic period first-hand.

RSVP by September 17. Departure 9:15 a.m. Expected Return 5 p.m. Price: Members $40; Non-Member St/Sr $45; Non-Member Adult $50. Ticket price includes transportation and admission fees. Meals and incidentals not included.


Bronze sculpture of charging World War I Doughboy with rifle and bayonet at Catigny Park outside the Visitor Center at the First Division Museum.

First Division Museum and McCormick Mansion at Cantigny
Sunday, October 6

Spend a day on the grounds of the former estate of Chicago Tribune publisher and World War I First Division veteran Robert McCormick. Visit the First Division Museum and explore the history of the oldest continuously serving combined arms division. On the wooded grounds see their collection of tanks, artillery, and armored vehicles in Tank Park. You may tour McCormick’s historic mansion designed by Charles Allerton Coolidge and leisurely stroll the formal estate grounds covering about 30 acres (some gardens are under construction). Enjoy lunch at Le Jardin, the sit-down restaurant in the Visitor Center, or a quick coffee from Bertie’s as you enjoy the afternoon.

RSVP by October 1. Departure 10:45 a.m. Expected Return 5 p.m. Price: Members $30; Non-Member St/Sr $35; Non-Member Adult $40. Ticket price includes transportation and grounds admission fees. Meals and incidentals not included.


Actor dressed as Abraham Lincoln waving. Source Midwest Living, Springfield, Illinois.

TBA: Springfield, Illinois Overnight Excursion

At members’ request, we are working on a multi-day overnight trip to Springfield, Illinois to tour the remodeled Governor’s Mansion, the Capitol buildings, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Dana Thomas House, the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum, and to experience museums and memorial sites related to military history in Illinois.

Date and pricing still being finalized.


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

Phone 815-753-1936 to reserve your seat today.

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NIU Art Museum
Altgeld Hall 116
815-753-1936
artmuseum@niu.edu

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Gallery Hours

Open to the public
10 a.m. - 5 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday
Noon - 7 p.m. Thursday
Noon - 4 p.m. Sunday

By appointment for group tours.
Closed during the summer, between exhibitions and during university holidays.