Posted by: rlally2013 | April 27, 2013

A Day at the Museum

First year student Carolina Rostek has her facepainted at the Zimmerli

First year student Carolina Rostek has her facepainted at the Zimmerli

It is not your typical day at the museum.  But like the rest of the Rutgers University campus, the Zimmerli is overflowing with children, teens, college students and families being treated to everything from storytelling and scavenger hunts to dance performances and gallery tours.

This afternoon storyteller Ellen Musikant had a group of four and five year olds enthralled in her story about the three bears as they sat on the floor listening to every word. Meanwhile, across the hall, a group of first year Rutgers students were having flowery designs and Rutgers Rs painted on arms and faces.“This has been a lot of fun,” said Patricia Zale who attended Rutgers Day with two of her friends and had her face painted like a lion.  “We didn’t know what to expect but it’s been a good day.”

Stacy Smith, manager for communications at the Zimmerli, said the nice weather and the festivities throughout the campus have attracted many new families with children who she doesn’t think have ever visited the Zimmerli.  Besides coming for the special attractions offered on Rutgers Day, Smith said that many families are taking the museum tours and reading books on individual exhibitions.

“It’s really nice to see so many new visitors,” she said. “What we are hoping is that they have such a great time that they decide to come back.”


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