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Long Profile of The Princeton University Art Museum in NJ



The Princeton University Art Museum in Princeton, New Jersey was established in 1882, and is one of the top American university art museums.

The collection began with an initial gift of porcelain and pottery, and has grown to a collection of over "72,000 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."


The Princeton University Art Museum was founded in 1882 to supplement the university's newly developed department of art and art history.

From its initial collection of pottery, the collection immensely expanded. It is recognized for its supreme examples of Chinese bronzes, tomb figurines,and calligraphy, and has one of the finest collections of pre-Columbian Maya art.


The Museum's mission according to their website: "The mission of the Princeton University Art Museum is to make the visual arts an essential part of the experience of all Princeton University students; to advance knowledge of art and archaeology; to serve as a world-class destination for members of the local, regional, national, and international communities; and thus to act as a public gateway to the University's intellectual resources."

"The Museum does this through the study, preservation, conservation, exhibition, interpretation, and development of its collections; through the preparation and presentation of temporary exhibitions combining cutting-edge scholarship and broad accessibility; and through a dynamic program of educational activities aimed at diverse audiences from novice to expert. Through direct and sustained access to original works of art, and in collaboration 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."


The Princeton University Art Museum is located approximately 50 miles south of Manhattan in Princeton, New Jersey. It is on the Princeton University campus, a short walk from Nassau Street in downtown Princeton.

Museum's Conservation Department:

Art conservation is the practice of preserving and restoring an artwork. Art conservators do detailed research and scientific analysis to explore the best way to conserve an artwork for future generations.

Famed Artworks in Collection:

The Museum has acquired a diverse range of art and cultural artifacts from around the world. Works such as Old Masters such as Italian artists Guido da Siena, and Fra Angelico; Dutch Mannerist such as Hendrik Goltzius and Abraham Bloemaert; Rococo artists such as François Boucher and Jean-Siméon Chardin; and artists from the age of Enlightenment such as Angelika Kauffmann, and Francisco de Goya.

The collection also includes Roman mosaics unearthed during Princeton University's archeological expeditions of the 1930s at the ancient city Antioch, near Antakya, Turkey.

Noteworthy Facts:

"The Museum's Mellon Fund for Faculty Innovation provides grants for innovative courses that use the Art Museum’s collections or exhibitions in a significant way." A $10,000 summer stipend is provided to faculty who will spend the summer researching the collection in order to develop their curriculum.

Employment Information:

The Princeton University Art Museum posts job opportunities on its website, which may be available in the various departments such as administrative, curatorial, educational, and public relations, so be sure to check the listings regularly. It also posts volunteer and intern positions.

How to Apply for a Job:

Please refer to the Museum's guidelines regarding employment. Alternatively, you may wish to send your résumé, with a cover letter to the Museum.

Museum's Contact Info:

The Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ 08544. Tel:609-258-3788.

The Princeton University Art Museum's website

Museum Hours :

  • Mondays closed
  • Tuesdays 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Wednesdays 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Thursdays 10:00 am to 10:00 pm
  • Fridays 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Saturdays 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Sundays 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Closed Holidays
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