Located just four minutes away from the Middlesex County Regional Chamber of Commerce, and just a stroll down George Street in downtown New Brunswick, is the Zimmerli Art Museum on Rutgers University’s College Avenue Campus.
The magnificent 70,000-square-foot facility holds a collection of 60,000 pieces of art; with a wide range of media and a survey of Western art from the 15th century to the present.
The Zimmerli has particularly strong holdings in 19th-century French art, notably prints and rare books; Russian art and Soviet nonconformist art from the Dodge Collection; and American art, especially prints. Selections from these holdings, along with focused presentations of European art, art inspired by Japan, ancient Greek and Roman art, and original illustrations for children’s books, are always on view at the Zimmerli. It’s all a must see!
Zimmerli Art Museum
The Zimmerli was founded in 1966 as the Rutgers University Art Gallery to celebrate the university’s bicentennial. The gallery was expanded in 1983 and renamed the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum in honor of the mother of Ralph and Alan Voorhees, the major benefactors for the museum’s expansion.
The art museum is one of the largest and most distinguished university-based museums in the country and is the only art museum located on the Rutgers-New Brunswick campus.
“The Zimmerli has more to offer than just beautiful art hanging on the wall,” Theresa Watson, Communications Coordinator at the Zimmerli Art Museum, said. “It is a destination you must put on your ‘bucket list’ when you come to New Brunswick.
Rutgers students perform at Zimmerli as it reopens for the semester
“Visitors may walk around at their leisure or join us for a variety of programs: exhibition tours, concerts, performing arts, talks, hands-on activities, social events just to name a few,” Watson added. “We also have a gallery dedicated to exhibiting original artwork from children’s books and offer a variety of children’s programs (many free), as well as work directly with New Brunswick schools. We hope to see you soon!”
Take a tour and see what everyone’s talking about at zimmerlimuseum.rutgers.edu. The museum is free to the public and all are welcome!