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.

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." More than a place to get a meal, the Jewish deli is a community forged in food. This exhibition explores how Jewish immigrants, mostly from central and eastern Europe, imported and adapted traditions to create a uniquely American restaurant. The exhibition reveals how Jewish delicatessens became a cornerstone of American food culture and how delis serves as a lifeline for many Holocaust Survivors and refugees who came to the United States. Visitors will get a taste of deli history through neon signs, menus, advertisements, uniforms, photographs, film and TV clips. 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. After the museum, we will be stopping at Kaufman's Jewish Deli for lunch. After lunch, 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.