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Zimmerli, New Brunswick

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The Zimmerli Art Museum is located on the Voorhees Mall of the campus of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey. The museum houses more than 60,000 works, including Russian and Soviet Nonconformist Art from the acclaimed Dodge Collection, American art from the 18th century to the present, and six centuries of European art with a particular focus on 19th-century French art. The Zimmerli is also noted for its holdings of works on paper, including prints, drawings, photographs, original illustrations for children's books, and rare books.DescriptionThe Zimmerli Art Museum 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 Zimmerli occupies a 70,000-square-foot facility, which is located on the New Brunswick campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.The museum’s permanent collection totals more than 60,000 works in a wide range of media and includes a survey of Western art from the 15th century to the present. The Zimmerli has holdings in: 19th-century French art, particularly prints and rare books Russian art and Soviet nonconformist art from the Dodge Collection American art, especially prints Selections from these holdings, along with focused presentations of European art, art inspired by Japan (called Japonisme), ancient Greek and Roman art, Pre-Columbian art, and American illustrations for children’s books, are always on view at the Zimmerli. The museum also makes these holding available through an active program of loans to art museums nationally and internationally, as well as and through participation in The Google Art Project and ARTstor.
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  • Don't let this small in stature museum university museum scare you off. There are quite a few gems here in a well spaced out area. Russian Nonconformist exhibit is not only really interesting but it's...  more »
  • I recently visited here for the first time. The museum was surprisingly interesting, and amazingly quiet, I didn't see another patron in the place during the hour we were there! Excellent collection o...  more »
  • This is a very lovely Museum located on the Rutgers University, College Avenue Campus, and is much bigger on the inside than it looks from the outside. Every time we have come, there is a different ex...  more »
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  • This is such a hidden gem that really needs to get the recognition it deserves. The Zimmerli Art Museum is a beautifully kept art museum that's deceptively large and best of all, is completely free. The collection that was here at the time I came was quite varied and had some really cool, unique pieces. The collections are split into 4 or 5 areas and over 2 floors. The staff is friendly and the entire place is clean and quiet. Bottom line, this is one of the nicest art museums you'll find in this area. It's as good as any paid suburban art museum, and again, it's completely free. A must go.
  • Huge collection of Russian art dominates the museum. There are also collections of American and European art. Downstairs are a few rooms containing changing exhibits of contemporary art. Overall, a very interesting museum.
  • Thank you for having a place to view and experience art in a world that moves so fast...
  • We had a great time; learned a lot. It's a lot bigger than it looks like on the outside.
  • A hidden gem on College Ave campus whose permanent collection includes American art, children's book illustrations, Japanese woodcuts, and works by Mason Gross alumni. From what I can tell, the docents are mostly volunteers from the local community, while the gallery guards are all work-study undergrads. Has a small cafe on the ground floor.

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