The Princeton Historical Society is located in this historic (1766) Georgian style building on Nassau Street. It's free to stop in and check out their small exhibit of historical artifact which are mostly about local notables and interesting facts about the town of Princeton. There is also a small gift shop where it seems like Albert Einstein's likeness is by far the best seller.
Palmer Square is just across Nassau Street from the university and is a nice shopping and dining area full of unique places to spend some time. You will also find places to park here as well as a movie theater and a couple places to spend the night . It's definitely worth a stroll of an hour or so or a whole day if you plan to do some serious shopping.
The Gothic University Chapel was the highlight of our self-guided campus tour. It was funny being here with Ed who is a graduate of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. Being on another prestigious university campus brought out Ed's competitve nature and he wouldn't hear of me making any comparison's with this place and his beloved alma mater!
You can pick up a free brochure on the building inside. For me, the most impressive part of the chapel was its beautiful stained glass windows, but also take note of the intricate wood carvings.
The Princeton campus is huge and it's pretty cool to stroll around. Check out my travelogue for a virtual tour of some of the things that we saw. Not pictured in the travelogue is Alexander Hall, which is definitely worth checking out. The outside of the building is beautiful and there is a huge auditorium inside. Also, check out the Princeton Art Museum (a couple buildings behind Whig Hall) and the Stadium.
You can arrange a tour by the volunteer group known as Orange Key, which has student guides. Call 609-258-1766 to make arrangements or just find a campus map and do it yourself like I did.
In this picture is the John Witherspoon statue in front of East Pyne. Witherspoon was the school's 6th president, a member of the Continental Congress and a signer of the Declaration of Independence.
The Princeton Battle Monument
The Princeton Battle Monument is an interesting work of art that commemorates the Battle of Princeton, which took place on January 3, 1777 during the American Revolution. The monument was designed by Thomas Hastings and sculpted by Frederick MacMonnies and was ceremonially unveiled in 1922 by President Warren Harding. The large, imposing monument is located at the end of a long, tree and bench lined path and depicts General George Washington on horseback inspiring his troops to victory over the British.
Princeton University Art Museum
If you like museums, you'll like this Princeton museum housed on two levels. There are over 60,000 pieces of art inclusing ancient to contemporary art and concentrate geographically on the Mediterranean regions, Western Europe, China, the United States, and Latin America.
Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
- Museum Visits
- Arts and Culture
On Mercer, just outside Princeton, is where the Battle of Princeton occurred during the Revolutionary War. It's actually now just a large field, but you might remember it referred to as "Stargazer's Field" in the movie I.Q.
This is just an area of town right across from the university. Its centerpiece is the historic Nassau Inn. Surrounding it are lots of shops (Banana Republic, etc.) and restaurants and such. Most things are out of my price range. However, there are some neat places: coffee at Bucks County Coffee Co.; chocolate at Thomas Sweet and Lindt; ice cream at an artisan ice cream shop; and Theresa's for one of the most reasonable quality/cost restaurants in town.
Princeton University has one of the oldest, most beautiful campuses (especially in the Spring and Fall). Directly in front of where Nassau meets Witherspoon stands Nassau Hall, the oldest building on campus. However, like most universities, I would suggest just walking around or taking an Orange Key Tour, which will at least get you into Nassau Hall to take a peek at the old "conference" room.
There is also an art museum on campus, which has a nice collection. The Carl C. Icahn Lab is also a very interesting building to interest, purely on its architecture and design. At the top of College Road you'll find the Graduate College, which is sort of like a castle, but is really where a number of graduate students live.
- Historical Travel
Princeton University Reunions
Princeton University Reunions
Tons and tons of silly looking orange colored
Princeton Alumni running around, small talking
and getting blasted...
Lot's of concerts and disco's all over
campus in tents
You need a student to get you a visitor pass
ahead of time!!!!!
- Wine Tasting
Thomas Sweet Chocolates
If you are a chocolate connoisseur. Stop by Thomas Sweets and pick-up some delectable delights for your sweet tooth.
Yeah... chocolate lovers, this is the place to go ! you'll find there the best (according to my expertise) chocolate of the world !
- Road Trip
- Family Travel
This magnificent Richardsonian structure provides an iconoclastic departure from the three primary architectural styles competing for prominence on the Princeton campus.
Kayaking or Canoeing on the...
Kayaking or Canoeing on the canal, the stoneybrook
river or the Lake...
especially the stonybrook river is very peaceful,
just nature and nothing else...
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