Upcoming Excursions

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


For our upcoming bus 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. For van excursions, the Art Museum will be using minivans provided by NIU transportation services.

Hop-in-the-van excursion to Rockford Art Museum. Van trips are planned as a more intimate gathering for art lovers to take advantage of the best visual art offerings in the region.

In conjunction with our “Dialogue” exhibit, we will visit “Constant Pressure” at RAM featuring work from artists of the Fatherless Print Posse, a Rockford-based artistic collaborative that explores socially conscious ideas through printmaking. Founding Fatherless member and Rockford University Art Professor, Dave Menard, will meet with us to discuss their work and the show.

Important information:

  • 10 a.m. departure with a 4 p.m. estimated return arrival.
  • Round trip transportation: $30. Rockford Art Museum is free.
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Trip registration and payment deadline Wednesday, Sept. 13.
  • Space is limited, so be sure to call and reserve your seat today!

Get-on-the-bus excursion to Crab Tree Farm in Lake Bluff and the Driehaus Museum in Chicago, IL.

Join us for a private tour of the Arts and Crafts collection at Crab Tree Farm in Lake Bluff! This exciting tour should not be missed, as Crab Tree Farm is not open to the public and is only open to group-organized tours. We have received a lot of interest in going back to visit their collection since our previous trip in 2013. Almost ten years later, we are headed back! Crab Tree Farm is the last working farm in Illinois, on Lake Michigan. Previously called Ash Meadow Farm, the name changed in 1905 when Scott and Grace Durand purchased 250 lakefront acres of property in Lake Bluff, Illinois. After a fire in 1910, Mrs. Durand chose Solon S. Beman as the architect for her modern dairy farm complex. Today, the Beman-designed buildings have been adaptively reused to house a collection of American and British decorative arts from the Arts and Crafts period. Specializing in the work of Gustav Stickley, Robert Jarvine, Grueby Pottery and many others for the American version and William Morris, Charles Voysey, C.R. Mackintosh and William De Morgan to name a few artists on the British side. The tour goes through 30 rooms of Arts and Crafts interiors and exhibits.

Interior photography is not allowed.

Later in the afternoon we will have a guided tour at the Driehaus Museum in Chicago. The Driehaus Museum showcases art, architecture and design from the late 19th and 20th century in a meticulously restored Gilded Age home. Its permanent collection and temporary exhibitions are presented in an immersive experience within the restored Samuel Maya Nickerson Mansion, completed in 1883. In 1919, over 100 men, women and businesses donated funds to purchase the Nickerson mansion to ensure the building’s survival. From 2003 to 2008, the late Richard H. Driehaus supported the restoration of the building to create a publicly accessible, non-profit museum. The Museum’s collection reflects the interests, vision and focus of its founder, Richard H. Driehaus. On exhibit while we tour is “Hector Guimard: Art Nouveau to Modernism” which explores the life and work of the French architect. We will be able to see furniture and design objects, jewelry, metalwork, ceramics, drawings and textiles from collections worldwide, as the Driehaus is the first major American museum exhibition devoted to Guimard since 1970.

Important information:

  • 8 a.m. departure with a 6:30 p.m. estimated return arrival.
  • Round trip transportation and tours at Crab Tree Farm and the Driehaus Museum:
    • $75 members
    • $80 seniors/students
    • $90 non-members
  • Lunch (many options in the River North neighborhood) on your own.
  • Trip registration and payment deadline is Wednesday, Sept.6.
  • Call and reserve your seat today!

Get-on-the-bus excursion to the Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie, IL.

In conjunction with our winter food shows, we will be visiting the Illinois Holocaust Museum’s exhibit, “I’ll Have What She’s Having: The Jewish Deli.” In addition, we will have the opportunity to view “Interactive Holograms: Survivor Stories Experience.” This award-winning innovative exhibition allows the audience to view a hologram of a Holocaust survivor as they tell their story of survival. After watching a short introductory film, the hologram will be able to respond to questions from the audience, inviting visitors to have a personalized, one-on-one “conversation.” This unique exhibit was not on view the last time we visited. Lunch is still TBD, but will be at/from a Jewish deli. After the museum, we will make a stop at Mitsuwa Marketplace in Arlington Heights, a Japanese grocery store chain with a food court, book store and bakery.

Important information:

  • 9 a.m. departure with a 6 p.m. estimated return arrival.
  • Round trip transportation and group tour at the Holocaust Museum:
    • $50 members/seniors
    • $60 non-members,
    • $45 students under 22
  • Lunch on your own.
  • Trip registration and payment deadline is Friday, Nov. 3.
  • Call and reserve your seat today!


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.