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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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  • . . . Your effort is rewarded because the Zimmerli is a wonderful university-based museum. So, don't be deterred by the difficulty of getting a nearby place to park or by the exterior of the building ...  more »
  • Best to come on weekend or when school is on holiday: easier to get parking on the street. Admission is free to all! Exhibits are well-documented and informative and easy to access.  more »
  • I was born in Santa Monica California and went home to Venice California 64 years and 7 months ago. La Cabana' Mexican restaurant at Rose and Lincoln Blvd. came to Venice about 45 years ago. It is the...  more »
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  • The Zimmerli Art Museum is truly an incredible place, with the kind of art, artifacts, and even war memorabilia like journals and other writings, that will pull you in and engage you to the point where all you're really thinking about is walking around and taking it all in. It is a place to get absorbed, while you are learning a lot about many different artists and sculptors, and writers that you probably have never heard of. I wish I could remember more about it, but I went there 4 years ago, and I don't live on the East coast or anywhere near New Jersey, so I may never be back. But if I had to pick a museum I would like to revisit, it would be the Zimmerli Art Museum. Please avail yourself of it! Note that it is also on the campus of Rutgers University, which is lovely, with its own historical buildings and beautiful, lush lawns and gardens, so make sure that you walk around the campus as well as visiting the library while you are at the site. Obviously since you are back East, you would want to go in May or June, or early September. It's nice if you could go after college is out for the year, or before it starts up again in the fall. You will have a wonderful, relaxing day!
  • What a heartbreaking and well curated exhibition of non conformist Russian art. Mans inhumanity to man never ceases to amaze me. It's very inspiring that artists continue to create and inspire despite the risks and dire circumstances . Such a nice museum. The staff was very helpful. The other exhibits we're also well done.
  • 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.
  • Art After Hours is a lot of fun
  • 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.
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