Upcoming Excursions

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

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Museum of Contemporary Art’s Water After All exhibition and Downtown Galleries
Tuesday, April 28

Spend an afternoon exploring Chicago’s contemporary art scene. Visit the MCA’s exhibition Water After All that speaks to humanity’s politically and economically driven intervention in the environment. View the exhibition’s centerpiece video installation of John Akomfrah’s Vertigo Sea, 2015, a celebrated recent acquisition. While in Chicago, visit the River North or West Loop arts districts to explore several of the galleries at your own pace with time for dinner in River North’s or Water Tower’s restaurants.

RSVP by 04/23. Departure 12:30 p.m. Expected Return 9 p.m. Price: Members $30; Non-Member St/Sr $35; Non-Member Adult $40. Ticket price includes transportation. MCA Admission free on Tuesday for IL residents. Meals and incidentals not included.

John Akomfrah. Vertigo Sea, 2015. Three channel HD colour video installation, 7.1 sound. 48 min. 30 sec. Purchased jointly by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, with funds provided by the Pritzker Traubert Visionary Art Acquisition Fund, and by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2018, © Smoking Dogs Films; Courtesy Lisson Gallery.


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John Akomfrah. Vertigo Sea, 2015. Three channel HD colour video installation, 7.1 sound. 48 min. 30 sec. Purchased jointly by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, with funds provided by the Pritzker Traubert Visionary Art Acquisition Fund, and by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2018, © Smoking Dogs Films; Courtesy Lisson Gallery.

Taliesin in the Summer
Saturday, June 6, 2020

Join us for an exciting summer day trip to Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin home and studio in Spring Green, Wisconsin. Enjoy a docent-led guided tour of Wright’s rural estate on the Wisconsin River valley in the picturesque rolling hills of the Driftless area.

See how Wright’s Prairie School architectural style developed to encompass the organic environment and natural elements to form, as Wright described it, a “low, wide, and snug” home nestled in the hillside. In 2019, UNESCO added Taliesin to the list of World Heritage Sites for Wright’s impact on the development of modern architecture. Don’t miss experiencing this unique site with us.

See design elements from nearly every decade of Wright’s career on the two-hour walking tour. Visitors experience the landscaped grounds, commanding views of the valley, interiors and furnishings as well as Wright’s studio. Learn about Wright’s personal tragedy at Taliesin and the process of rebuilding after two fires nearly destroyed the home. Spend time browsing in the visitor center and gift shop after enjoying the seasonal artisan cuisine of the Riverview Terrace Café on the grounds of the estate for lunch.

Walking tour requires a significant amount of standing, stair climbing and walking on uneven terrain. There are several series of steps and some with no handrails. Exterior walkways consist of loose gravel or grassy pathways. Tours proceed rain or shine, please dress for the weather conditions and wear comfortable walking shoes.

RSVP by 05/29. Nonrefundable after tour booking. Departure 8 a.m. Expected Return 7 p.m. Price: Members $105, Non-Member St/Sr $115; Non-Member Adult $125. Price includes $51 docent-led guided tour ticket and motor-coach transportation. Meals and incidentals not included.


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Portrait Frank Lloyd Wright

Frida Kahlo at the Cleve Carney Museum of Art
Saturday, July 11

Kahlo 2020, a block-buster show at the newly renamed Cleve Carney Museum of Art, considers many elements at play in Kahlo’s work. The complexities of Kahlo’s paintings cannot be fully understood or appreciated without understanding the deeply autobiographical nature of her portraits, insight into her life, and the worlds she was a part of. The role of Mexico City as a center of international art and culture in the early and middle 20th century, as well as Kahlo’s lifelong refusal to allow illness to restrict her diverse and intense passions all influence the images she created. View this wonderful assembly of works on loan from the Dolores Olmedo Museum collection on our visit to the Cleve Carney Museum of Art at the College of DuPage.

RSVP by 06/15. Departure 12:30 p.m. Expected Return 7:30 p.m. Price: NIU Art Museum Members $45; Non-Member St/Sr $50; Non-Member Adult $55. Ticket price includes transportation and exhibition admission. Meals and incidentals not included.

Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907-1954). Self-portrait with Small Monkey, 1945. Oil on Masonite, (16 x 22 in.) Museo Dolores Olmedo Collection.


 Frida Kahlo (Mexican, 1907-1954). Self-portrait with Small Monkey, 1945. Oil on Masonite, (16 x 22 in.) Museo Dolores Olmedo Collection.

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.


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

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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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.