Celebrate Art Museum Day with Free Admission on May 18, an Initiative with Association of Art Museum Directors

May 7, 2012

New Brunswick, NJ – The Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University announced today that it will offer free admission on Friday, May 18, as part of the Association of Art Museum Directors’ (AAMD) Art Museum Day, coinciding with International Museum Day. In 2011, more than one hundred AAMD member museums across North America participated in International Museum Day. The day at the Zimmerli also features a special scavenger hunt for children, as well as a free poster with the purchase of the catalogue The Matsukata Collection of Ukiyo-E Prints: Masterpieces from the Tokyo National Museum in the Museum Store.

In recognition of the important role museums play in their communities, the Zimmerli encourages visitors to share their museum experiences during Art Museum Day on a special printed form available at the museum and via Twitter with the hashtag #ArtMuseumDay in a collective public response.

“Whether it is a first or fiftieth visit, we look forward to learning why visitors come to the Zimmerli and how we can help enhance their future interactions with art,” stated director Suzanne Delehanty. “Art Museum Day gives those of us who work in the field the opportunity to see museums through the eyes of our patrons.”

 “Art museums create opportunities for the public to engage directly with works of art in new and meaningful ways—from transformative educational initiatives to innovative public partnerships,” said Chris Anagnos, Executive Director of AAMD. “AAMD believes that art should be accessible and relevant to all, and we are so pleased that the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers is joining with us and the global community of museums to celebrate the role museums play in their communities and to encourage visitors to share their museum experiences.”

Participation in the international event highlights the value of the visual arts in society, and provides new opportunities for audiences to participate in wide-ranging programs and record their encounters with works of art.

AAMD member museums—located across the United States, Canada, and Mexico—include regional museums as well as large international institutions. International Museum Day is organized annually around the world by the International Council of Museums (ICOM). AAMD’s Art Museum Day is an opportunity to focus attention on the role of art museums in North America, as part of ICOM’s global celebration of museums.

A comprehensive list of participating AAMD member art museums will be available in the newsroom of the AAMD website (http://www.aamd.org/newsroom/). Note that while AAMD’s Art Museum Day and ICOM’s International Museum Day is formally held each year on May 18, some institutions shift their celebrations to adjacent dates.

ZIMMERLI ART MUSEUM|RUTGERS

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 nineteenth-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.

SUPPORT

The Zimmerli’s operations, exhibitions, and programs are funded in part by Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; the Estate of Victoria J. Mastrobuono; the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; Johnson & Johnson; and the donors, members, and friends of the museum.

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. Please note the museum is closed December 24 and 25, and January 1.

Admission is $6 for adults; $5 for 65 and over; and free for museum members, Rutgers students, faculty and staff (with ID), and children under 18. Admission is free on the first Sunday of every month. For more information, call 732.932.7237, ext. 610 or visit the museum’s website: www.zimmerlimuseum.rutgers.edu

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