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Zimmerli, New Brunswick
(4.1/5 based on 25+ reviews on the web)
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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Reviews
TripAdvisor
  • The permanent collection can be viewed in a single visit, but they get special exhibits well worth seeing. (For example, they had Goya's "Los Caprichos" a few years ago.) 
  • The Zimmerli Art Museum is a small, but excellently curated university art museum; apart from its eclectic holdings it also features various events such as concerts and lectures, most if not all free ...  more »
  • The Zimmerli has a very large collection of Soviet era art both propagandist and non conformist. While it is interesting it too much of a good thing. The remaining collection is good but not great. So...  more »
Google
  • Z.A.M. has interesting collections and it's the 'only' Art Museum of which I'm aware with a Childrens' Book Art collection - on permanent, rotating display. I LOVE it. It's FREE now and easy to find on campus. See their Events page too. *Highly Recommend
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • We had a great time; learned a lot. It's a lot bigger than it looks like on the outside.
  • Lots of heritage from the eastern European artists. They also offer art classes