Group Visits and Guided Tours


COVID-19 Limitations

At this time, indoor gatherings at the university are limited with restrictions. Guidance on university events will continue to evolve over the course of the semester. Physical distancing guidelines must be followed at all events, indoors and out. Face masks must be worn at any gathering conducted indoors.

Please know that gallery capacity is currently limited to 6 people per gallery. Large group gatherings are not permitted and the ability to conduct guided tours is impacted as well.

View a guide to planning your group tour (PDF)

Online Registration

We kindly request that you contact the museum with your group's interest as soon as you begin planning, so we can schedule staffing for your tour. Tours can be arranged outside of our regular gallery hours with advance notice.

To arrange a group visit by phone please call our education coordinator at 815-753-1936. Group Visit and Guided Tour Reservation form (PDF)


We would like your visit to be a positive experience. The space limitations, layout, safety and fragility of the artwork in the exhibition, and other scheduled groups may impact our ability to accommodate very large groups or multiple groups at the same time. We recommend and require advance notice for large groups of ten or more people before arriving at the museum. To accommodate as many requests as possible we may schedule additional gallery attendants or divide your group into smaller tours.

Please note that many of our exhibitions explore challenging, contemporary subject matter and may not be suitable for all audiences. We recommend that visitors contact the museum before organizing visits with young children.


After your visit please complete our evaluation (PDF) survey so that we can better accommodate future groups.

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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.