Upcoming Excursions

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

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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 2 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.

Two great shows we should not miss – the sensational Nick Cave: Forothermore at the Museum of Contemporary Art and the impressive Cézanne at the AIC. We will make a full day of it. 9 a.m. departure; 8 p.m. estimated return arrival. We will have several hours in the morning and early afternoon to visit the MCA or go over to Water Tower Place. Plan to have your lunch in this north Michigan Avenue area. We will depart from the MCA at 2 p.m. to head to the Art Institute of Chicago. You should plan to purchase your tickets ahead for the Cézanne exhibition for entry at some point between 3-5 p.m. We will depart the AIC at 6 p.m.

The Cézanne

The Cézanne exhibit costs an extra $7 on top of general admission. Non-Chicago Illinois residents' admission fee is $22 for adults, $16 for those 65+; and $16 for university students. Members of the Art Institute may enter the museum and the Cézanne show for free and do not need tickets. The Art Institute now uses a virtual waiting line accessed on their app. You should download it to your phone before the trip. Learn more about it under "Visit” on their website.

Entry at the MCA is $8 for students, seniors (65+) and grade school and high school teachers; $15 for other adults; 18 and under free.

Nick Cave: Forothermore

Nick Cave: Forothermore is the first career-spanning survey of internationally renowned Chicagoan Nick Cave. Some of you may recall that the NIU Art Museum exhibited Nick's found object assemblage sculpture and sound suits and held a week-long workshop and performance with the sound suits back in 1998. Forothermore includes his mixed media sculptures, sound suits, video pieces and environmental installations.

The Cézanne show is the first retrospective of his work in America in over 25 years. It was organized by the Art Institute and Tate Modern London and includes 80 oil paintings, 40 watercolors and drawings, and two sketchbooks. Co-curated by AIC's Gloria Groom and the Tate's Natalia Sidlina, the show attempts to demonstrate why the French artist Paul Cézanne is considered so important in modern art history. "This groundbreaking retrospective sheds new light not only on how this pivotal artist created his works, but also why his art remains so vital today.”

Please be aware that café's, restaurants, and member's lounge at the Art Institute remain closed. The Marisol Restaurant and Bar at the MCA has reopened.

Roundtrip transportation cost:

  • General public: $45
  • Students: $40
  • NIU Art Museum members: $35

Museum entries on your own. Lunch on your own.

Trip registration and payment deadline Thursday, August 18.

Join us on this trip to Iowa City to visit the newly re-opened University of Iowa's Stanley Museum of Art in its new building. The museum facility closed back in 2008 due to extensive flooding of the Iowa River and their collection underwent massive restoration and temporary rehousing at the Figge Museum of Art in Davenport. Now the museum has been relocated and renamed and will have opened its new building with displays highlighting its marvelous collections.

"Homecoming will reintroduce our extraordinary collection to the public. Homecoming comprises a series of related installations: "Generations,” which will foreground the University of Iowa's history of innovative arts education and scholarship; "Fragments of the Canon,” featuring African art collected by a Black Iowan, Meredith Saunders; and "History Is Always Now,” in which the Stanley's celebrated collection of African art will be displayed in a new way that emphasizes movement and cultural exchange through time and across space. Developed collaboratively by curators, educators, and faculty under the museum director's guidance, Homecoming will illustrate the importance of our world-class collection and allow us to envision new futures in art.”

The departure time is 9 a.m. with estimated 8 p.m. return arrival. We will have the option to take a guided one-hour tour focusing on the collectors and collections of the museum as well as have free time to explore the museum, campus, and downtown during our noon – 5 p.m. Iowa City visit.

Roundtrip transportation cost:

  • General public: $55
  • Students: $50
  • NIU Art Museum members: $45

Stanley Museum of Art is free. Meals (many options in area) on your own.

Trip registration and payment deadline Friday, Sept. 23.


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.