Zimmerli Art Museum
ZIMMERLI ART MUSEUM|RUTGERS
The Zimmerli Art Museum’s collection includes more than 60,000 works of art, ranging from ancient to contemporary art. The permanent collection features particularly rich holdings in 19th-century French art; Russian art from icons to the avant-garde; Soviet nonconformist art from the Dodge Collection; and American art with notable holdings of prints. In addition, small groups of antiquities, old master paintings, as well as art inspired by Japan and original illustrations for children’s books, provide representative examples of the museum’s research and teaching message at Rutgers. One of the largest and most distinguished university-based art museums in the nation, the Zimmerli is located on the New Brunswick campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Established in 1766, Rutgers is America’s eighth oldest institution of higher learning and a premier public research university.
LOCATION AND HOURS
The Zimmerli Art Museum is located at 71 Hamilton Street at George Street on the College Avenue campus of Rutgers University in New Brunswick. The Zimmerli is a short walk from the NJ Transit train station in New Brunswick, midway between New York City and Philadelphia.
Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., and the first Wednesday of each month (except August), 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays, major holidays, and the month of August.
Admission is $6 for adults; $5 for 65 and over; and free for museum members, children under 18, and Rutgers students, faculty, and staff (with ID). Admission is free on the first Sunday of every month. For more information, call 848.932.7237 or visit the museum’s website: www.zimmerlimuseum.rutgers.edu
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.
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.
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