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Princeton University Art Museum

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The primary mission of the Princeton University Art Museum is to effectively support and enhance the University’s goals of teaching, research, and service. The museum does this through the study, preservation, conservation, exhibition, and development of its collections. Through direct and sustained access to original works of art, and by collaborating with faculty, students, and staff from the Department of Art and Archaeology and many other disciplines, the museum contributes to the development of critical thinking and visual literacy at Princeton.

As one of the richest cultural resources in the state of New Jersey, the museum also has a clear commitment to serve the local community, the region, and beyond. The museum encourages the public to benefit from its collections and exhibitions and to provide support for its principal activities through specific programs and outreach initiatives. Scholarly exhibitions, publications, symposia, and an active loan program extend the museum’s reach to a national and international audience, assuring its continuing vitality and its active participation in the University’s primary commitment to advance and impart knowledge.


G Aquino

Sunday, July 1, 2018
Easily the highlight of our Princeton visit. Great art collection from many regions of the world (imagine The Met Museum in NYC, but smaller) plus special modern art and social commentary exhibitions. Best of all, admission is free. We spent two hours during our recent visit.

Brian Gimelson

Monday, June 4, 2018
This is a terrific resource for the local community to know about. Great works of art are housed here and it is open daily for people to view at no "mandatory" entrance fee. Not very crowded as it's a little off the beaten trail, so you can make last minute arrangements to go see it. The "voices of protest" exhibit is currently there along with all of their regular installations. If you're walking around Princeton looking for something to do, guide yourself to the museum and see some amazing art !

Chunfen Zhou

Saturday, July 7, 2018
Free, encyclopedic (excluding arts of the Oceania) university art museum, with excellent pre-Columbian American artworks on display. Quality of the ancient Mediterranean and Chinese pieces is also very good. I think this place is in need of more square footage to show off its impressive collection, as some of the galleries just feel crammed to me. It may also need introductory text labels to each geographical area/time period, as well as a larger lobby for resting and social interactions.


Saturday, June 16, 2018
There is a certain Fengshui about this musuem that makes the artworks here feel alive and personal to anyone who comes here. I just felt very comfortable being here and was surprised that a small museum can hold many art and sculptures of great names. I also don't get that exhaustive feeling like visiting those big museums. And it wasn't too crowded for a Saturday. Trying to find the museum on your first visit is fun because of the beautiful architecture of Princeton.

Shannon Kenny

Tuesday, June 5, 2018
I LOVE this museum!!! It is one of my favorites!! My sister, her fiance and I took our parents here for mother's day and it was so wonderful to show them our favorite pieces. I would definitely recommend checking it out!!

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