Princeton University Art Museum

The Princeton University Art Museum (PUAM) is the Princeton University gallery of art, located in Princeton, New Jersey. Founded in 1882, it now houses over 92,000 works of art ranging from antiquity to the contemporary period. The Princeton University Art Museum dedicates itself to supporting and enhancing the University's goals of teaching, research, and service in fields of art and culture, as well as to serving regional communities and visitors from around the world. Its collections concentrate on the Mediterranean region, Western Europe, China, the United States, and Latin America.

Princeton University Art Museum
Established1882
TypeArt Museum
Collection size100,000
Visitors200,000[1]
DirectorJames Christen Steward
Public transit accessPrinceton (NJT station)
Nearest parkingNassau Street, Spring Street Parking Garage
Websiteartmuseum.princeton.edu
McCormick Hall (1923)
LocationMcCormick Hall, Princeton, New Jersey
Coordinates 40°20′49.9″N 74°39′28.9″W
Built1923
ArchitectRalph Adams Cram
Architectural styleVenetian Gothic
Part ofPrinceton Historic District (ID75001143[2])
Designated CP27 June 1975

The museum has a large collection of Greek and Roman antiquities, including ceramics, marbles, bronzes, and Roman mosaics from Princeton University's excavations in Antioch. Medieval Europe is represented by sculpture, metalwork, and stained glass. The collection of Western European paintings includes examples from the early Renaissance through the nineteenth century, and there is a growing collection of twentieth-century and contemporary art. Photographic holdings are a particular strength, numbering over 27,000 works from the invention of daguerreotype in 1839 to the present. The museum is also noted for its Asian art gallery, which includes a wide collection of Chinese calligraphy, painting, ancient bronze works, jade carvings, as well as porcelain selections. In addition to its collections, the museum mounts regular temporary exhibitions featuring works from its own holdings as well as loans made from public and private collections around the world.

Admission is free and the museum is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Thursday, 10:00 am to 9:00 pm, and Sunday 12:00 to 5:00 pm.[3]

A new building for the museum will be constructed on the same site over the course of three years starting in 2020 with David Adjaye serving as architect.[4]

The Princeton University Art Museum is part of the Monuments Men and Women Museum Network, launched in 2021 by the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art.[5] Several "monuments men" are alumnus of Princeton University.


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