Zimmerli Joins Smithsonian Magazine’s National Museum Day Live! Free Admission for All Visitors

September 4, 2012

New Brunswick, NJ —On Saturday, September 29, 2012, the Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers opens its doors free of charge along with over 1,400 other participating venues for the eighth annual Museum Day Live! This immensely successful program, in which the Zimmerli emulates the free admission policy of the Smithsonian Institution’s Washington, D.C.-based facilities, encourages learning and the spread of knowledge nationwide. The Zimmerli is open from noon to 5 p.m.

Inclusive by design, Museum Day Live! fulfills Smithsonian Media’s mission to make cultural education accessible to everyone. For one day only, the Zimmerli grants free access to visitors who download a Museum Day Live! ticket at Smithsonian.com. Last year’s event drew over 350,000 museum-goers and this year’s Museum Day Live! is expected to attract close to 400,000 participants nationwide.

“The Zimmerli is pleased to participate again in National Museum Day Live! We enjoy meeting the many new visitors who discover the museum through this important initiative that inspires the public to explore our nation’s diverse cultural assets,” said Zimmerli director Suzanne Delehanty.

Highlights for the day include several exhibitions to engage family members of all ages. “Mary Cassatt Prints: In the Company of Women,” which opens September 29, demonstrates her ability to capture family bonds and friendship through portraiture. “Art=Text=Art: Works by Contemporary Artists from the Sally and Wynn Kramarsky Collection” celebrates the dynamic dialogue between art and language, encouraging viewers to examine the form, function, and multiple interpretations of language. “In the Search of an Absolute: Art of Valery Yurlov,” along with the Norton and Nancy Dodge Collection of Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union, offer the opportunity to discuss recent history and reflect upon life in societies beyond our own. “Lynd Ward Draws Stories: Inspired by Mexico’s History, Mark Twain, and Adventures in the Woods” pays tribute to one of America’s great artist-storytellers of the 20th century while spotlighting the Zimmerli’s collection of original children’s book illustrations.

The Museum Day Live! Ticket is available to download at www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday. Visitors who present the Museum Day Live! Ticket gain free entrance for two at participating venues for one day only. One ticket is permitted per household, per email address. For more information about Museum Day Live! 2012 and a list of participating museums and cultural institutions, please visit www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday. Follow Museum Day Live! on Twitter (@MuseumDay) and Facebook (facebook.com/MuseumDayLive) for news from other visitors and participating museums.


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.


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 732.932.7237, ext. 610, or visit the museum’s website: www.zimmerlimuseum.rutgers.edu


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