Enjoy exciting day trips and overnight adventures to arts and cultural events throughout the year!
Phone 815-753-1936 to reserve your seat today or visit our sign-up page for registration and payment details.
Mt. Vernon and Paducah Get-On-the-Bus Overnighter
May 16-19, 2019
Limited Seating—Excursion full! Now, happily accepting reservations for the waiting list.
Join the Northern Illinois University Art Museum on a small group trip to southern Illinois and northwestern Kentucky for an extended weekend of good food, local history, fine art, and glorious craft,with a focus on fine art quilts.
We are heading down to Mt. Vernon to tour the sculpture park and galleries of the Cedarhurst Center for the Arts with a daytrip to Paducah to visit the National Quilt Museum and to attend the Lower Town Art and Music Festival.
Destination links (pdf)
View of the National Quilt Museum exhibition gallery.
Members-only Bus Trip! Not a member? Then, call to join today!
Rembrandt and Manet: Two Masters
Sunday, June 2
Join us for this exclusive, NIU Art Museum Members-only excursion to view two wonderful exhibitions at the Art Institute with traveling works by Rembrandt and Manet. Rembrandt Portraits examines Rembrandt’s complex approach to portraiture-his constructed identities, lighting, ambiguous settings, and self-portraits with work on loan from the Norton Simon Foundation. The second exhibition, Manet and Modern Beauty—the first Art Institute exhibition devoted to Manet in over 50 years—suggests that he unapologetically embraced beauty and visual pleasure as well as modernity and fashionable femininity. Take time to explore the Art Institute’s collection, enjoy lunch in the Museum Café courtyard.
RSVP by 05/29/19. Departure 10 a.m. Expected Return 7 p.m. Price: NIU Art Museum Members $20; Join today! NIU Art Museum Membership: Individual $25 / Dual $45 / Student $10 / Senior $15 / Dual Senior $25. Ticket price includes transportation. AIC Admission on your own (AIC Members free; IL residents $22 Adults; $16 St/Sr). Meals and incidentals not included.
Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn (Dutch, 1606–1669). Self-Portrait, about 1636–38. The Norton Simon Foundation, Pasadena, California; Édouard Manet (French, 1832–1883). Jeanne (Spring), 1881. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.
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Noon - 7 p.m. Thursday
Noon - 4 p.m. Sunday
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Closed during the summer, between exhibitions and during university holidays.