With origins dating to the 1750s, the Princeton University Art Museum is one of the world's leading university art museums with collections of more than 92,000 works of art that range from ancient to contemporary art and concentrate geographically on the Mediterranean regions, Western Europe, China, the United States and Latin America. Committed to advancing Princeton’s teaching and research missions, the Art Museum also serves as a gateway to the University for visitors from around the world. Intimate in scale yet expansive in scope, the Museum offers a respite from the rush of daily life, a revitalizing experience of extraordinary works of art, and an opportunity to delve deeply into the study of art and culture.
The Princeton University Art Museum is located at the heart of the Princeton campus, a short walk from the shops and restaurants of Nassau Street. Admission is free. Museum hours are Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. The Museum is closed on Mondays and major holidays.
Where is the Museum?
The Museum is located at the center of the Princeton University campus, a five-minute walk from the shops and restaurants of Nassau Street. To find the Museum, enter the campus on foot from Nassau Street, University Place, or Washington Street and look for the Museum’s banners to lead the way to the front entrance. A campus map is available here.
What is the admission fee? When is the Museum open?
The Museum is free and open to the public. Our regular hours are:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday: 1 to 5:00 p.m.
Check the Museum’s online calendar to learn about special Art Museum events.
How do I become a member?
Simply click here and begin enjoying your benefits immediately. For questions about Friends membership or to learn about Friends volunteer opportunities, please call (609) 258–4057 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is the Museum wheelchair-accessible?
The Museum is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers. For special parking accommodations, send an e-mail request to email@example.com; a limited number of spaces are available next to the Museum. If you do not have e-mail, please call Julia Davila, Head Art Museum Security Supervisor, at (609) 258–7673. Drop-offs are permitted with at least 72 hours advance notice. A limited number of wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Where is the best place to park?
On-street parking is located at metered spaces throughout town or in public parking garages on Chambers, Hulfish, and Wiggins Streets. Learn more about getting to campus and where to park at http://www.princeton.edu/main/visiting/. If you need special parking accommodations, send an e-mail request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why does the Museum ask visitors not to touch the art?
Works of art are fragile and might be damaged permanently by even the gentlest touch. The oils in our skin or the traces of moisture on our fingertips can damage even what appear to be sturdy works of art. One of the primary roles of a museum is to preserve the art of the past and present for future generations, and we need your help to ensure that the precious works of art in our care survive for years to come.
May I take photographs of the art?
- Photography is not permitted in special exhibitions.
- Flash photography is NOT permitted for any reason.
- Non-flash photography is permitted for works of art that are not in special exhibitions and are not identified with a "no photography" icon for non-commercial and personal use only.
- Movie, video cameras and tripods are not allowed in the Museum.
Please ask a security officer if you have additional questions.
For press and other special photography, including film and videotape projects, please contact the Communications Department during business hours by phone ( 212-879-5500, ext. 3441) or fax (212-472-2764). See Image Resources for more information about requests regarding photographs of works of art owned by the Museum for any purpose other than private and noncommercial. The Museum reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to withhold and/or withdraw permission to photograph on its premises or to reproduce photographs of objects in its collection.
How can I obtain images of works in the Museum's collections?
See our Image Use and Access policy.
Does the Museum offer tours?
- Highlights Tours of the Museum are offered every Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m. These tours are free, open to the public, and do not require reservations. The group meets at the entrance to the Museum.
- The Museum welcomes groups of eight or more to schedule private, docent-led tours on weekdays. Offering a range of tours for different age groups, the Museum can modify adult tours to accommodate special interests and encourages teachers to work with our docents to tailor school tours to the curriculum. To schedule a tour, please use the Museum’s online Tour Scheduling System.
- School tours are offered free of charge, but please note that the Museum does charge a modest fee for adult tours: $60 for a group of 8–15, $120 for a group of 16–30, and $180 for a group of 31–45 people. There is a 10% discount for seniors.
Can I bring a group to the Museum without scheduling a tour?
Groups are welcome to visit the Museum without scheduling a tour. In order to best accommodate all visitors, we ask that groups of six or more make advance reservations through our online Tour Scheduling System. Please note that there is a modest fee for group visits: $20 for a group of 6–15 and $40 for a group of 16–40 people.
How do I learn about events at the Art Museum?
Check our website’s events calendar, like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, and sign up for our biweekly eNewsletter. Join the Friends to receive the Museum’s quarterly magazine.
Does the Museum offer programs for families?
- Artful Adventures is a series of self-guided tours and activities available any time during the Museum’s regular hours.
- Drop in on Saturday mornings between 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to enjoy Art for Families, a self-guided, interactive tour followed by a related art project.
- Check our online calendar for the full schedule of family events, from summer barbecues to movie nights.
How do I donate to the Museum?
If you are interested in donating a work of art, consult the staff directory to contact the appropriate curator, who will be pleased to assist you. If you are interested in supporting the Museum through a financial contribution, please visit our donate now page.
Can the Museum appraise a work in my personal collection?
The Museum cannot conduct appraisals for objects in private collections. The following websites feature searchable databases of appraisers who meet the membership requirements of the respective associations. This list is not all-inclusive and does not indicate any preference or recommendation by the Art Museum.