Upcoming Excursions

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

COVID-19 Limitations

Please check Protecting the Pack for the latest protocols and guidelines.


For our upcoming excursions, the NIU Art Museum will be using Coach USA/Van Galder buses. Coach USA/Van Galder buses include large, comfortable reclining seats, Wi-Fi and restroom, and they undergo intensive cleaning and sanitation after each trip, featuring filtration of the onboard air every two minutes and a complete replacement with fresh outside air every ten minutes. Van Galder bus drivers participate in a Greenroad program gaining points for conscientious environmental driving practices. Masks are not required on the bus but certainly recommended and should be brought with you in case one is needed at a venue you visit.

Wrightwood 659 Gallery

“The First Homosexuals: Global Depictions of New Identity, 1869-1930” is part one of a two-part exhibition at the Wrightwood 659 Gallery, developed by art historian Jonathan D. Katz, Professor of Practice in the History of Art and Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, with associate curator at Wrightwood, Johnny Willis. This show includes 100 pieces; part two, slated for 2025, will include 250 pieces and the completion of a catalogue.

Also at the Wrightwood, is a retrospective of Osaka-born Chicago artist Michiko Itatani (some may recall a show we did with Ms. Itatani back in 1996 but her newer work is much more colorful and joyous) and a solo show of Bangladeshi journalist Shahidul Alam, “We Shall Defy.”

We've added a private tour at Wrightwood 659 during our visit.

All guests of Wrightwood must show proof of vaccination and booster and be masked. Proof can be a vaccine card or a photo of the card and matching photo ID. You will not be allowed in without these.
DePaul Art Museum

Nearby is the DePaul Art Museum which will be hosting two exhibitions: “A Natural Turn: María Berrío, Joiri Minaya, Rosana Paulino, and Kelly Sinnapah Mary” featuring four artists working in the Americas. Key themes of the exhibition include identity, surrealism, human and nature, metamorphoses of the body, Caribbean identity, post-colonialism, systems of power, Latinx art, negritude and magical realism and a solo exhibition “Solo(s): Krista Franklin” which draws on the artist’s vast range of materials and references, situated at the intersection of poetics, popular culture, and the dynamic histories of the African Diaspora.

The departure time is 9:30 a.m. with estimated 7 p.m. return arrival. The bus begins boarding at 9:15 a.m. on Locust Street on the north side of the NIU parking garage between Normal and Carrol Streets on the NIU DeKalb campus.

Roundtrip transportation cost and timed entry at Wrightwood 659 Gallery:

General public: $60
Students/seniors: $55
NIU Art Museum members: $50

DePaul Art Museum is free. Lunch (many options in the area) on your own.

The trip registration and payment deadline is Friday, Jan. 20, 2023.


Payment may be made with check, cash or credit card, 815-753-1936.

The NIU Art Museum office will be open Tuesday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and is located on the first floor, west end of Altgeld Hall behind stairwell C.

Payment must be made in advance to guarantee your seat on the bus. NIU Art Museum members receive discounts on our bus trips as well as access to members' only trips.

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

The Art Museum's Get-on-the-Bus trips should not be missed!

Sign-up for registration and payment details or telephone 815-753-1936 to reserve your seat today.

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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.