Founded 10 years before the American Revolution, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is the eighth oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Once a small sectarian college, Rutgers is now a leading national public research university. November 10, 2016, will mark Rutgers' 250th Anniversary. HereNow: Rutgers 250 is a signature program in the Rutgers 250 festivities and special activities taking place at Rutgers’ three main locations throughout the year, leading up to November 10, 2016, the university's 250th birthday.

The history of Rutgers begins on Novemeber 10, 1766, when William Franklin, the last Colonial governor of New Jersey, signed the charter that brought Queen's College into existence. In 1825, the school was renamed to honor Colonel Henry Rutgers, a Revolutionary War veteran. In 2015, poised to celebrate 250 years, Rutgers is one of the most highly regarded institutions of higher education in the nation, with more than 65,000 students and 24,400 faculty and staff in New Brunswick, Newark, and Camden, and at locations throughout the state.

The Zimmerli Art Museum is one of the largest and most distinguished university-based museums in the country. It collects, preserves, researches, and exhibits world-class works of art to provide the university community and diverse regional, national, and international audiences with direct experience of the visual arts.