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Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers Announces Rutgers Day Activities

April 10, 2013 at 5:56 PM

The Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers is delighted to participate in the annual Rutgers Day on Saturday, April 27, with free family programs on the College Avenue campus, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit the museum for scavenger hunts, face painting, caricatures, storytelling, and tours. Activities take place throughout the museum, as well as outdoors on Voorhees Mall, adjacent to the building. In addition, the newly reopened Z Café, located inside the Zimmerli, offers a variety of breakfast, lunch, and snack items for purchase. For a complete list of Rutgers Day events, visit Follow updates on Facebook at and Twitter @Rutgersday (#RutgersDay).

10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Be an Art Detective Scavenger Hunts: Using the new Family Guide on Sculpture, explore the galleries of the Zimmerli Art Museum to win exciting prizes! This activity is enjoyable for the entire family.

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I Am Art Face Painting: Butterflies, dinosaurs, “R” for Rutgers pride...these are just a few of the face painting options inside the museum or beneath the Zimmerli tent on the Quad.

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Caricatures, The Funny Side of Art: Your portrait for posterity – or just for fun. Sit for a caricature artist and see yourself in a whole new light!

11:45 a.m.

The Art of Dance: The Rutgers Day Parade stops on Voorhees Mall for a performance outside of the museum. Zimmerli favorites (and Mason Gross alum) Meagan Woods & Company perform a vibrant dance set, accompanied by the university's marching band.

Noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m. (half-hour sessions)

Gallery Discovery Tours: Museum docents guide small groups for a V.I.P. look at the Zimmerli! Tours explore the permanent American, Russian, and European collections, as well as special exhibitions.

2 to 4 p.m. (20-minute sessions)

Preschool Adventures in Storytelling: Families with young children are transported into the world of fantasy as they join storyteller Ellen Musikant for adventures of the imagination. Storytelling programs are supported by funding from The PNC Foundation as part of PNC Grow Up Great.

Rutgers Day offers free parking and admission, as well as on-campus shuttles among the College Avenue, Cook/Douglass, and Busch campuses. Each campus features a vast array of activities and entertainment, as well as opportunities for prospective students and their parents to explore the university. The event is rain or shine.

Rutgers Day is sponsored in part by Barnes & Noble at Rutgers, Saint Peter's Healthcare System, and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital.


The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum houses 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.


The Zimmerli Art Museum is supported by Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, as well as the income from the Avenir Foundation Endowment Fund, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Endowment Fund, and the Voorhees Family Endowment Fund, among others. Additional support comes from the Estate of Victoria J. Mastrobuono and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Contributions from other corporations, foundations, and individuals, as well as earned income, also provide vital annual support for the Zimmerli’s operations and programs.


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:

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