Arts and Culture

Arts and Culture

Rutgers–New Brunswick is a cultural mecca. People come from around the region to enjoy our art museum and galleries, plays, opera, choirs, symphony, quartets, dance, architectural landmarks, outdoor sculpture, and fi lm festivals. Here’s a sampling of arts and culture venues.

Historic Rutgers

College Avenue campus
83 Somerset Street, New Brunswick, NJ
The historic center of Rutgers University can be explored on two large park-like blocks on College Avenue. Old Queens (1809), the first permanent building of the original college, is one of the finest examples of Federal architecture in the United States and has been designated a National Historic Landmark. From Old Queens, a brief stroll will take you past Geology Hall (1872), Van Nest Hall (1845), Winants Hall (1890), and Kirkpatrick Chapel (1873). Cross Hamilton Street to Voorhees Mall where elm-shaded walkways take you past additional historic buildings, such as New Jersey Hall (1889), Milledoler Hall (1910), Murray Hall (1909), and Voorhees Hall (1903). Pause for a rest at the feet of William the Silent, the bronze statue of the Count of Nassau, Prince of Orange, near the far end of the mall. And this is a perfect time for a visit to the Zimmerli Art Museum, whose main entrance is a short walk back on Hamilton Street.

Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers

College Avenue campus
71 Hamilton Street, New Brunswick, NJ
With more than 60,000 works of art, the Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum is one of the nation’s foremost university art museums. Admire and critique art of all time periods and mediums, from ancient paintings to contemporary photography. In particular, the museum houses the largest collection of Soviet dissident art outside of Russia, as well as collections focusing on Russian art, French art of the 19th century, Japonisme, stained glass, and works on paper, including prints, rare books, and original illustrations for children’s books.
Admission: FREE to all!
Phone: 848-932-7237

Mason Gross Art Galleries at Civic Square

College Avenue campus
Downtown/Civic Square
33 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ
The galleries showcase contemporary art, displaying the work of Rutgers students, faculty, and guest artists. Experimental art shows in a variety of media are a specialty.
Admission: Free
Phone: 848-932-5211

Mason Gross Performing Arts Center

Douglass campus (Ticket Office)
85 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ
The arts center hosts a lively lineup of dance, music, and theater performances by students, faculty, and guest artists. Look for world premieres, appearances by international greats, and performances by up-and-coming musicians, actors, and dancers. The center includes an array of performance venues and public spaces. Venues include Nicholas Music Center, Victoria J. Mastrobuono Theater, Philip J. Levin Theater, Schare Recital Hall, and many others. Events are reasonably priced, and many are free.
Calendar of Events: www.masongross.
Admission: Varies
Ticket Office: 848-932-7511

Rutgers Film Co-op/New Jersey Media Arts Center

The film co-op and arts center offers more than 100 screenings and events, exhibiting independent, classic, international, and experimental fi lm and video. The center hosts the New Jersey International Film Festival and the United States Super 8 Film and Digital Video Festival.

Rutgers Jewish Film Festival

The Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life showcases critically acclaimed international films.
Schedule (Oct.–Nov.):

Pictured Top: A performance by Rutgers’ acclaimed Kirkpatrick Choir