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    P.U. Art Museum. Ancient Military Artifacts

    by Oleg_D. Written Dec 11, 2015

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    Princeton University Art Museum has exhibition dedicated to ancient period of human history and display Egyptian, Phoenician, Greek and Roman artifacts. For any people who are interested in ancient military history, museum suggests Roman dagger of I A.D., Egyptian dagger of XIII-XII century B.C., Iranian battle axe of XX century B.C. and Greek helmet of Corinthian type made in VII century B.C. You are also going to see ancient figures of Greek, Roman and Etruscan warriors.
    Admission is free. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video without flashlight and tripod.
    Open from 10:00 to 17:00 hours on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday,
    On Thursday open from 10:00 am to 22:00 hours and on Sunday from 13:00 to 17:00 hours.

    Address: Princeton, NJ 0854

    Directions: Park your car at Nassau Street at T-junction with Witherspoon Street. There is two hours parking. When you parked your car, just go to university campus through the garden it will take eight or ten minutes to get museum by walk.

    Phone: +1 609 258-3788

    Website: http://artmuseum.princeton.edu/

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    P.U. Art Museum. Aztecs and Mayas

    by Oleg_D. Written Dec 11, 2015

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    Princeton University Art Museum has special exhibition dedicated to cultures of native Americans, mostly Aztecs and Mayas. There are a lot of things but my favorite are the figure of different people made by Mayas between 600 and 800 A. B. You will be able to see Maya woman, traditional ballplayer, warrior with shield and even defiant prisoner with his hands tied behind his back.
    Admission is free. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video without flashlight and tripod.
    Open from 10:00 to 17:00 hours on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday,
    On Thursday open from 10:00 am to 22:00 hours and on Sunday from 13:00 to 17:00 hours.

    Address: Princeton, NJ 0854

    Directions: Park your car at Nassau Street at T-junction with Witherspoon Street. There is two hours parking. When you parked your car, just go to university campus through the garden it will take eight or ten minutes to get museum by walk.

    Phone: +1 609 258-3788

    Website: http://artmuseum.princeton.edu/

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    P.U. Art Museum. Medieval Art

    by Oleg_D. Written Dec 10, 2015

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    Princeton University Art Museum suggests to you attention wonderful exhibition of West European medieval Arts. You are going to see statues and busts. I attached here photos with busts of Virgin Mary and Santa Tecla. You are going to see good examples of French Limoges enamel, stained glass windows and paintings. This is my favorite part of museum collection.
    Admission is free. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video without flashlight and tripod.
    Open from 10:00 to 17:00 hours on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday,
    On Thursday open from 10:00 am to 22:00 hours and on Sunday from 13:00 to 17:00 hours.

    Address: Princeton, NJ 0854

    Directions: Park your car at Nassau Street at T-junction with Witherspoon Street. There is two hours parking. When you parked your car, just go to university campus through the garden it will take eight or ten minutes to get museum by walk.

    Phone: +1 609 258-3788

    Website: http://artmuseum.princeton.edu/

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    P.U. Art Museum. Spanish Art

    by Oleg_D. Written Dec 10, 2015

    Princeton University Art Museum suggests to you attention some excellent examples of Spanish arts and architecture of XV-XVI century. You will be able to see the icon with Saint Michael weighing the souls and selecting the righteous from sinners painted by unknown painter called as Master of Villaroya who was active in Aragon during the end of XV century. You will be able to see excellent retable dedicated to Saint Sebastian and Saint Julian painted by Pedro Despallargues in the end of XV century. Then “Deposition from the cross” by Juan de Borgona of John the Burgundian about 1495. All these paintings are excellent sources of information on medieval arms, armor and fashion.
    Admission is free. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video without flashlight and tripod.
    Open from 10:00 to 17:00 hours on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday,
    On Thursday open from 10:00 am to 22:00 hours and on Sunday from 13:00 to 17:00 hours.

    Address: Princeton, NJ 0854

    Directions: Park your car at Nassau Street at T-junction with Witherspoon Street. There is two hours parking. When you parked your car, just go to university campus through the garden it will take eight or ten minutes to get museum by walk.

    Phone: +1 609 258-3788

    Website: http://artmuseum.princeton.edu/

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    P.U. Art Museum. Stained glass windows

    by Oleg_D. Written Dec 9, 2015

    Princeton University Art Museum suggests to you attention small but excellent collection of West European medieval stained glass windows. They are especially interesting to people who research medieval military history. My favorite are “Saint Luis (King Luis IX of France) fights Saracens made in 1465-1475, from Riom in Auvergne. Here we can see excellent images of French knights of XV century. Author probable never saw real Saracens and he showed them as contemporary French warriors just put turbans on their helmets. Next one is Train of Magi made in Netherlands in 1500-1525. Here we can see heavily armored knights in entourage of Magi. Next one show the scene from Judges 8:17 “He also tore down the tower of Penuel and killed all the men in the town”. This stained glass window was made in Netherlands in 1500-1525. Here we can see a lot of well armored and armed soldiers.
    Admission is free. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video without flashlight and tripod.
    Open from 10:00 to 17:00 hours on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday,
    On Thursday open from 10:00 am to 22:00 hours and on Sunday from 13:00 to 17:00 hours.

    Address: Princeton, NJ 0854

    Directions: Park your car at Nassau Street at T-junction with Witherspoon Street. There is two hours parking. When you parked your car, just go to university campus through the garden it will take eight or ten minutes to get museum by walk.

    Phone: +1 609 258-3788

    Website: http://artmuseum.princeton.edu/

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    P.U. Art Museum. Spanish Sculptures

    by Oleg_D. Written Dec 8, 2015

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    Spanish sculptures of second half of XV century represented in museum with two wonderful statues. First statue is funeral effigy from the tomb of unknown Spanish knight. In medieval Europe such effigies were known as Gisant (from French verb “gesir” meaning to lie horizontally). This knight is shown in splendid full suit of plate armor of German Gothic style. Knight equipped for fight on foot, his spurs are taken off and he armed with pollaxe the best anti-infantry weapon of XV century. He doesn’t wear pauldrons to protect his shoulders because although pauldrons provide excellent protection they limit amplitude of hands moving. Instead he wears chainmail sleeves to protect his shoulders and biceps.
    Second statue represents San Miguel or Saint Michael doing his routine job – he kills devil. Saint Michael is shown in full suit of plate armor made in typical Italian style. Both statues provide us a lot of valuable information on arms and armor of Castilian, Leonese and Aragonese men-at-arms of last war against Moors of 1482-1492 when Spaniard liberated Granada.
    Admission is free. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video without flashlight and tripod.
    Open from 10:00 to 17:00 hours on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday,
    On Thursday open from 10:00 am to 22:00 hours and on Sunday from 13:00 to 17:00 hours.

    Address: Princeton, NJ 0854

    Directions: Park your car at Nassau Street at T-junction with Witherspoon Street. There is two hours parking. When you parked your car, just go to university campus through the garden it will take eight or ten minutes to get museum by walk.

    Phone: +1 609 258-3788

    Website: http://artmuseum.princeton.edu/

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    P.U. Art Museum. Cassone

    by Oleg_D. Written Dec 8, 2015

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    Cassone is Italian medieval marriage chest. Cassone usually was richly decorated with decorative elements and coat of arms of its owners. In XV century side panels of Cassoni (plural) were painted by famous painters. The most popular subjects of those side panels were the combat scenes from the battles of Ancient and medieval history. Here, you are going to see one side panel from such cassone painted about 1460 by unknown Italian painter called as Master of Anghiary. He is called with such name because he painted several side panels of several chests with the scenes of the battle of Anghiari and siege of Anghiary. Some of those chests survived till nowadays and you can see them in European museums. At this panel, painter probably painted the battle of Cascina. This battle between took place in 1364 when Florentine army under Galeotto Malatesta defeated Pisan Army under John Hawkwood. There are a lot of details on arms, armor, fashion and tactics of Italian Armies of XV century.
    Admission is free. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video without flashlight and tripod.
    Open from 10:00 to 17:00 hours on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday,
    On Thursday open from 10:00 am to 22:00 hours and on Sunday from 13:00 to 17:00 hours.

    Address: Princeton, NJ 0854

    Directions: Park your car at Nassau Street at T-junction with Witherspoon Street. There is two hours parking. When you parked your car, just go to university campus through the garden it will take eight or ten minutes to get museum by walk.

    Phone: +1 609 258-3788

    Website: http://artmuseum.princeton.edu/

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    P.U. Art Museum. Art of XVI-XVIII c.

    by Oleg_D. Written Dec 8, 2015

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    Princeton University Art Museum. Museum suggests to your attention European paintings of different European countries painted in different styles from baroque mannerism to classis. I’m no big fan of such art that’s why I’m not going to write much about, I just try to provide you general notion uploading some picture.
    Admission is free. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video without flashlight and tripod.
    Open from 10:00 to 17:00 hours on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday,
    On Thursday open from 10:00 am to 22:00 hours and on Sunday from 13:00 to 17:00 hours.

    Address: Princeton, NJ 0854

    Directions: Park your car at Nassau Street at T-junction with Witherspoon Street. There is two hours parking. When you parked your car, just go to university campus through the garden it will take eight or ten minutes to get museum by walk.

    Phone: +1 609 258-3788

    Website: http://artmuseum.princeton.edu/

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    P.U. Art Museum. Italian Art of XIV-XV c.

    by Oleg_D. Written Dec 8, 2015

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    Museum has good collection of Italian icons of Virgin Mary painted in XIV century in style of so-called school of Siena (a lot of gold and bright colors). There are two icons of Saint Sebastian. First one was painted by Liberale da Verona around 1480 and second one by unknown Italian painter called as Master of the Greenville Tondo who was active between 1500-1510. Italian art is also represented by wonderful panel “The garden of Youth” painted by unknown painter about 1430. And of course you are going to see the Lorenzo do Monaco “Beheading of Saint Paul” painted about 1400.
    Admission is free. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video without flashlight and tripod.
    Open from 10:00 to 17:00 hours on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday,
    On Thursday open from 10:00 am to 22:00 hours and on Sunday from 13:00 to 17:00 hours.

    Address: Princeton, NJ 0854

    Directions: Park your car at Nassau Street at T-junction with Witherspoon Street. There is two hours parking. When you parked your car just go to university campus through the garden it will take eight or ten minutes to get museum by walk.

    Phone: +1 609 258-3788

    Website: http://artmuseum.princeton.edu/

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    P.U. Art Museum. Masterpieces

    by Oleg_D. Written Dec 8, 2015

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    Among World known masterpieces, museum boasts with the Lucas Cranach the Elder “Venus and Amour” painted in 1518. You are also going to see Hieronymus Bosch or his workshop “Jesus before Pontius Pilate” painted about 1520. Saint Bartholomew by Bernardino di Betto better knows as just Pinturicchio painted in 1497. Saint George by Giovanni Santi the father of famous Rafael. Saint George is shown in splendid Italian full suit of plate armor typical for 1470-s. And of course “The penitent Saint Jerome” by Fra Angelico painted about 1420. It is honor for any museum to have paintings of such authors.
    Admission is free. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video without flashlight and tripod.
    Open from 10:00 to 17:00 hours on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday,
    On Thursday open from 10:00 am to 22:00 hours and on Sunday from 13:00 to 17:00 hours.

    Address: Princeton, NJ 0854

    Directions: Park your car at Nassau Street at T-junction with Witherspoon Street. There is two hours parking. When you parked your car just go to university campus through the garden it will take eight or ten minutes to get museum by walk.

    Phone: +1 609 258-3788

    Website: http://artmuseum.princeton.edu/

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    P.U. Art Museum. European Art

    by Oleg_D. Written Dec 8, 2015

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    Exhibition of American Art is situated at upper floor of Princeton University Art Museum. Museum suggests to your attention European paintings of XIX and early XX centuries. If you like fine art of this period then this exhibition is exactly for you. You are going to observe masterpieces created by European painters and by Americans in Europe and about Europe.
    Admission is free. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video without flashlight and tripod.
    Open from 10:00 to 17:00 hours on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday,
    On Thursday open from 10:00 am to 22:00 hours and on Sunday from 13:00 to 17:00 hours.

    Address: Princeton, NJ 0854

    Directions: Park your car at Nassau Street at T-junction with Witherspoon Street. There is two hours parking. When you parked your car just go to university campus through the garden it will take eight or ten minutes to get museum by walk.

    Phone: +1 609 258-3788

    Website: http://artmuseum.princeton.edu/

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    P.U. Art Museum. American Art

    by Oleg_D. Written Dec 8, 2015

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    Exhibition of American Art is situated at upper floor of Princeton University Art Museum in the Mitchell Wolfson Jr. Class of 1963 wing. You are going to find there excellent paintings and sculptures of XVIII – early XX centuries. I especially like big portrait of General George Washington. The Robert Walter Weir’s “The Greenwich boat club” painted in 1833 is excellent too, at least I like it.
    Admission is free. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video without flashlight and tripod.
    Open from 10:00 to 17:00 hours on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday,
    On Thursday open from 10:00 am to 22:00 hours and on Sunday from 13:00 to 17:00 hours.

    Address: Princeton, NJ 0854

    Directions: Park your car at Nassau Street at T-junction with Witherspoon Street. There is two hours parking. When you parked your car just go to university campus through the garden it will take eight or ten minutes to get museum by walk.

    Phone: +1 609 258-3788

    Website: http://artmuseum.princeton.edu/

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    P.U. Art Museum. Modern Art

    by Oleg_D. Updated Dec 8, 2015

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    Princeton University Art Museum has exhibition of Contemporary Art collected between 1960 and 2015 is situated at upper floor. I’m no admirer of such art but some examples were quite interesting. My conclusion, this exhibition is worth for rapid tour and observation.
    Admission is free. Visitors are allowed to take noncommercial photo and video without flashlight and tripod.
    Open from 10:00 to 17:00 hours on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday,
    On Thursday open from 10:00 am to 22:00 hours and on Sunday from 13:00 to 17:00 hours.

    Address: Princeton, NJ 0854

    Directions: Park your car at Nassau Street at T-junction with Witherspoon Street. Here is two hours parking. Then you parked your car just go to university campus through the garden it will take eight or ten minutes to get museum by walk.

    Phone: +1 609 258-3788

    Website: http://artmuseum.princeton.edu/

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    Morven

    by acemj Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Morven is a historic house that was once the headquarters of Lord Cornwallis' during the Revolution. The land was originally owned by William Penn and was purchased from him in 1701 by Richard Stockton. Around fifty years later, Stockton's grandson, also named Richard Stockton, built the Morven house. Generations of Stocktons lived here and eventually it became the home to the governors of New Jersey. It wasn't until the early 1980s that it became a museum.

    For $5 you can visit this National Historic Landmark as part of a guided tour. Ed and I arrived here after 4pm when the house and museum close, so we just checked it out from the outside and spent about 45 minutes walking the grounds and through the gardens. The museum/tour hours are as follows:

    Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
    11 a.m. – 3 p.m
    Tours at 11:15, 12:15, 1:15 and 2:15

    Saturday and Sunday
    12 Noon – 4 p.m.
    Tours at 12:15, 1:15, 2:15 and 3:15

    Check out the website for more details.

    Address: 55 Stockton Street

    Directions: Right next to the Battle Monument

    Phone: 609-924-8144

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    Revolutionary War Battle Monument

    by starship Updated Nov 20, 2010

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    Commissioned in1908, this beautiful limestone monument commemorates the Revolutionary War ""Battle of Princeton" which took place on one day in January, 1777. Sculptor Frederick MacMonnies completed the monument in 1922 and the dedication took place in the same year with President Harding in attendance.

    Located in Princeton Battlefield Park in a little triangle of land, the grand monument was undergoing some kind of restoration when we saw it and was surrounded by fencing. On the large face of the monument, the sculpture depicts General George Washington leading his troops into battle, and the death of General Hugh Mercer on January 12, 1777. (General Hugh Mercer, a Scottish physician, had previously fought with George Washington in the French & Indian War and had in settled in Fredericksburg, Virginia, where he opened an Apothocary Shop prior to the Revolutionary War. See my Fredericksburg, VA page.) On its sides are the seals of the United States and those of the original 13 states including New Jersey. In my opinion it is both a beautiful monument and moving tribute to those who fought in the Revolution.

    Just to the left are two much smaller but also important memorials: one finely cast metal plaque dedicated to the "Marines in the Revolution" has the following words:

    "Dedicated to the Continental Marines who fought with General Washington's troops during the Battle of Princeton January 3, 1777."

    The second colorful plaque shows portraits of General George Washington and French General Rochambeau of King Louis the 16th's army. The plaque depicts Rochambeau's encampment site in Princeton during the southward march to victory at Yorktown, Virginia (1781). This plaque was erected by the American Society of "Le Souvenir de Francaise."

    It is unfortunate that the area around the monument and plaques is unremarkable and very plain. The monuments deserve a better surrounding. Hope that happens in the future.

    Directions: Just close to the intersection of Rt. 206 (Stockton St.) and Nassau Street.

    Monument to the Battle of Princeton 1777 Monument to the Marines of the Revolution General Rochambeau's encampment sites map Restoration work at monument
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