Upcoming Excursions

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

COVID-19 Limitations

Guidance on university events will continue to evolve over the course of the semester. At this time, limited capacity and masks are required when in vehicles while traveling. Art Museum Members-Only, short excursion are planed. Proof of vaccination is required with registration.


Wednesday, September 8
Sandwich Fair
Barb City 10,000 Strong Sketch Club Rides Again! Sketch and Photo Excursion to the longest running county fair in Illinois.
RSVP by September 6. Departure 2 p.m. Expected Return 9 p.m. Price: Members $10. Ticket price includes transportation. Meals, incidentals, and $10 admission to fair not included.

Wednesday, September 15
Rockford Art Museum
Curator’s Tour of Permanent Collection show Technicolor Constellations: Tales from the Permanent Collection at Rockford Art Museum led by Executive Director/Curator Carrie Johnson. RSVP by September 13. Departure 2 p.m. Expected Return 6:30 p.m. Price: Members $30; Ticket price includes transportation and tour. Meals and incidentals not included.

Thursday, October 7
Dillon Home, Sterling, Illinois
Tour of the original furnishings and objets d’art of the Dillon Home Museum, an 1858 Italianate home of P.W. Dillon, the president of Northwestern Steel and Wire, who lived in the house until his 97th year. Another chapter in barb wire history. RSVP by October 5. Departure 8:45 a.m. Expected Return 2 p.m. Price: Members $20. Ticket price includes transportation and tour. Meals and incidentals not included.

Saturday, October 16
Wisconsin Studio Fall Art Tour  
Open studios with artists selling and doing demonstrations. This will be a small group so we can come and go as we please. Studios and galleries in Mineral Point, Spring Green and Dodgeville all open for annual event. Should be a beautiful time of year for a drive through southwest Wisconsin. RSVP by October 14. Departure 8:45 a.m. Expected Return 8:45 p.m. Price: Members $40 Ticket price includes transportation. Meals and incidentals not included.

Date and Cost TBD but let us know if you are interested:
Beloit International Film Fest between Friday, February 25 and Sunday, March 6, 2022. Schedule TBA; visit Beloit College campus art and anthropology museums and attend 1-2 films or lectures. Visit: Beloitfilmfest.org

Get-on-the-Bus Overnight Excursions
Despite getting permission to require vaccines for our bus excursions, our overnight bus trips will remain on hiatus as breakthrough infections and hotspots continue to make the news. When we do finally get to go back on the road please be aware that for most trips our buses will need to be leased from outside vendors so pricing will be higher than that to which several of our long time trekkers have grown accustomed.

Please note that 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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NIU Art Museum
Altgeld Hall 116

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Gallery Hours

Galleries reopen Tuesday, August 24, 2021.

Anticipated fall hours:
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday
Noon - 6 p.m. Thursday, Friday
Noon - 3 p.m. Saturday and by limited appointment.

Closed university holidays and between exhibitions.