The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Museum, founded in 1966, is located on the Voorhees Mall on the campus of Rutgers University. The Museum’s permanent collection contains over 60,000 items, with particular strengths in Russian and Soviet art, French and American 19th century art, and American 20th century and contemporary art.
An interesting element is the Museum’s collection of ‘japonisme’, works of Western (French, American and British) art heavily influenced by Japanese art, as well as Japanese works from the early 20th century which elucidate the artistic influence that Japanese culture had on the Western world of the period. Additional points of interest include the Norton & Nancy Dodge Collection of Soviet Nonconformist Art (the largest such collection of its kind in the world), and the Herbert D. and Ruth Schimmel Rare Book Library, a collection of almost 4000 illustrated books and journals concerning French art and culture at the turn of the 20th century.
Numerous rotating exhibitions feature works in all manner of media, often examining the work of particular artists or groups of artists and the social/political climate in which they worked.
Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University Information
- Public Transportation: Good (accessible by NJ Transit Train and Suburban Transit Bus from Port Authority Terminal in New York City)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Hours : Tuesday-Friday, 10 am-4:30 pm, Sat-Sun, noon-5 pm; Closed Mondays all year and month of August.
- Admission : Adults, $6; Senior citizens over 65, $5; Members, children under 18, Rutgers students, faculty and staff, free.
- Free Day: Free admission on the first Sunday of every month.
- Tours: ‘Spotlight’ tours (Sundays 2 pm) offer an introductory look at the Museum’s collection; Guided tours for groups are available on weekdays (with a reduced fee per visitor) and require at least 2 weeks advance notice.
- Membership: Individual annual membership is $50 ($25 Students, $85 Dual, $100 Family); benefits include free admission; discounts at Museum Store and on publications, classes and special programs; and reciprocal membership at over 25 museums nationwide.