Travel to the Art Institute of Chicago!


Contact the WSU Retiree Center at 457-5565 or

The WSU Retiree Center is pleased to offer a day trip opportunity to visit the Art Institute of Chicago on Thursday, March 31. The date of the visit will coincide with the “Van Gogh’s Bedrooms” special exhibition.

Vincent Van Gogh’s bedroom in Arles is arguably the most famous chamber in the history of art. It also held special significance for the artist, who created three distinct paintings of this intimate space from 1888 to 1889. This exhibition — presented only at the Art Institute of Chicago — brings together all three versions of ‘The Bedroom’ for the first time in North America, offering a pioneering and in-depth study of their making and meaning to Van Gogh in his relentless quest for home.

Attendees will be treated to a docent-led slide lecture of the exhibit and will have time to tour the exhibit and the other amazing collections of the museum. Participants are going to do all of this in one day, so they should be prepared for a good amount of time spent on the bus as well as a significant amount of walking within the museum (wheelchairs are available at no cost on a first-come/first-serve basis).

The center is offering the trip at a cost of $90 for those who register prior to March 1. After March 1, the cost of the trip will be $95.

Registration will close on March 10 and all sales are final as of that date. However, the trip will be cancelled if it is not filled by March 10, those who have already paid will receive a full refund.

Organizers have arranged a coach bus for this trip. Here is the itinerary:

• 6 a.m. – Bus will leave from Phillips Bus Company lot located at Main and Belleview streets
• Noon – Arrive at the Art Institute
• 12:30-1:15 p.m. – Docent-led slide lecture of the “Van Gogh’s Bedrooms” exhibit
• 1:30-4 p.m. – Time to explore the exhibit and other areas of the museum individually
• 4:15 p.m. – Board the bus back to Winona
• 10-10:30 p.m. – Arrive at the Phillips Bus Company lot located at Main and Belleview streets

The bus will make a stop on the way to and from Chicago to allow attendees to stretch their legs and buy food. Fast food outlets are available at these stops, or attendees may bring their own meals to eat at these stops or on the bus. They may also eat at any of casual to fine dining restaurants in the Art Institute which are open until 3 p.m. Please note, visitors may not take food or drink into the Art Institute. The Retiree Center will provide water and light snacks on the bus, but organizers encourage participants to pack drinks and snacks of their choice as well since the group will be on the bus for extended periods of time.

The cost of the trip includes entrance to the Art Institute of Chicago including the “Van Gogh’s Bedrooms” special exhibition, a docent-led slide lecture of the Van Gogh exhibit, the bus trip (including water and light snacks), and a tip for the bus driver.


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