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Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton

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Art Museum Museum
Part of one of the nation's most prestigious academic institutions, Princeton University Art Museum displays an array of works ranging from antique sculptures and mosaics to modern photography and contemporary pieces. Visit the free museum and explore its collection of more than 90,000 pieces of artwork laid out in a multitude of exhibits and themed sections. Wander the halls and admire ancient Greek bronze sculptures, Roman mosaics, medieval stained glass, paintings from Renaissance greats, Chinese calligraphy, and more. Afterward, swing by the gift shop to pick up a print or souvenir inspired by one of the museum's famous works. Be sure to check the museum website for information about its frequent temporary exhibits. Princeton University Art Museum is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our online itinerary creator, Princeton Edition.
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  • Princeton Art Museum offers free admission to its superb collection of art, I liked the variety as well as the historical nature of its collection, thousands of pieces of art from ancient antiquities ...  more »
  • The exhibit is small and it is free. So it should be an easy decision. You can't go wrong. I recommend it, unless you are pressed for time or have other more important business to attend. It is a love...  more »
  • Princeton is one of my favorite towns and I can't believe I had never been to the University Art Museum until last week. This place is a "Hidden Gem". There is something for everyone and well worth a ...  more »
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  • Definitely an impressive collection in terms of variety and age. Seldom crowded at all; the tours usually mention and then skip past it, so it's a great place to duck into the air conditioning and out of the summer throngs. Also a good first-date spot, after you've strolled over and finished your treat from one of the local ice cream joints.
  • A hidden gem in Princeton. If you have spare time, definitely pass through, even if you have gone before as they keep changing it up. If you are looking to kill any period of time, it's a good stop. They have some guided tours for free which are pretty good
  • A must see in Princetom! This museum is a five minute walk away from Nassau St., housed in Princeton's McCormick Hall. Admission is free, but donations are encouraged. There are extended hours on Thursdays. If you come on a Sunday, meters are free on Nassau St. The museum has an impressive collection of European art, Byzantine art, and Greek vases. Scattered within mix are a few famous names like Monet, Degas, and Picasso. My favorite section was the contemporary artwork, although it was small. Plan to spend a couple hours here!
  • You won't believe the dates of the artifacts put out for display. Really worth the visit.
  • Impressive collection of art within Princeton University. Took a docent tour and thoroughly enjoyed their presentation.

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Where to stay in Princeton

The downtown area boasts a few large hotels that cater to visiting academics and university employees. In the neighborhoods outside of downtown, there are a handful of bed and breakfasts and inns. A few options located right next to the university campus offer the most attractive surroundings.
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