Street Address
Altgeld Hall. First Floor. West End.
DeKalb, IL 60115
Mailing Address
Altgeld 116 , NIU
DeKalb, IL 60115
phone: 815-753-1936
fax: 815-753-7897
Gallery Hours: Open September
Tuesday - Friday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturdays 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Donations gratefully accepted
Museum Type(s)
Josephine Burke, Director
phone: 815-753-7898
Peter Olson, Assistant Director
phone: 815-753-7867
Jessica Witte, Coordinator, Marketing and Education
phone: 815-753-1936


The NIU Art Museum balances the challenges of contemporary art with the riches of traditional visual art for an eye-opening look at culture. We show rotating exhibitions from the university collections, thematic contemporary exhibitions of the work of regional and national artists, and national traveling exhibitions.

Educational Programs

The NIU Art Museum hosts free public programming in conjunction with exhibitions including guest lectures, panel discussions, symposiums, and gallery talks with visiting artists and scholars or museum staff. The museum also organizes a "Get-On-The-Bus" excursion program to the local and university community to visit art fairs, museums, exhibitions, and collections relating to art and architecture for a fee to participants. In conjunction with select exhibitions, workshops with artists are available to students and the local community, sometimes requiring a fee to participate.