Here’s a quick little history lesson about the Zimmerli for you:
The museum first opened in 1966 but it didn’t have the name that it does today. As part of Rutgers University, it was originally called — kind of obviously — the Rutgers University Art Gallery. But in 1983, two brothers, Ralph and Alan Voorhees decided to help the museum grow much bigger so it could show more art and welcome more guests. Often when someone makes a big gift that transforms a place, the name of that place is changed to honor them. But do you know what Alan and Ralph decided to do? Go on. Take a guess. They decided to name this wonderful space after their MOTHER (aww!) and so the museum’s full name is actually the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum.
With over 70,000 square-feet of space and 60,000 objects, the Zimmerli is one of the biggest university art museums in the world! But it’s not just college students who get to enjoy all of the different sculptures, paintings, photos, and prints on display. The entire community is invited to visit the galleries and join in for a variety of special programs.
You know who is also welcome in the Zimmerli? KIDS!! The Zimmerli loves to share its art with kids of all ages and they host all sorts of programs specifically for kids throughout the year including art classes. But, if you can’t make it out to the Zimmerli Museum yourself to take art classes, you can still use their artworks to inspire your own creations. Just go to the next page for some art challenges inspired by what you saw in the story. And if you’d like to see more of the museum and hear about their programs, you can check out their website: