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Princeton University: Princeton University Art Museum

Research access guide for Princeton University.

Art Museum Under Construction

The Princeton Art Museum is temporarily closed during construction of a new museum and is scheduled to reopen in Spring 2025.

During construction, selected exhibitions will be on display through the Art@Bainbridge gallery project, located at 158 Nassau St. and the Art on Hulfish gallery at 11 Hullfish Street, both in downtown Princeton. Explore the website for additional digital offerings.

General Information

Facility: Princeton University Art Museum
Address: Princeton University Campus
Princeton, NJ 08544
Phone: (609) 258-3788

About the Museum:

With origins dating back to the 1750s, Princeton University Art Museum is one of the oldest collecting institutions in America. The museum was officially founded in 1882, with Asian collections beginning in the 1930s.

For more information on the Japanese collections, please contact Zoe Kwok at (609) 258-6849 or by email.

Online Resources

Summary of Collections

Collection size: as of September 2014

The Princeton University Art Museum includes over 92,000 objects focused on Western Europe, East Asia, the United States, and Latin America.

The Asian Collection at the museum is comprised of over 6,000 objects from China, Japan, Korea, Southeast and Central Asia, and India. Objects date from the Neolithic period to the present day, with a focus on pottery in various mediums, sculpture, woodblock prints, painting, and calligraphy.


Research Collections and Facilities

How to Use the Facility

Research at the Museum
The Princeton University Museum website does not give information concerning visiting scholars using their collections. Instead, they support emphasize the ability to access many of the items held at the museum via their collections database, and the Handbook of Collections published in 2013.

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