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“A Gem!”

Princeton University Art Museum
Ranked #2 of 50 things to do in Princeton
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Owner description: The Princeton University Art Museum is one of the nation's finest art museums, housing collections of over 72 ,000 works of art spanning 5,000 years of world history and all the world's major cultures. The Museum also presents special exhibitions and educational programs throughout the year. Admission is free.
Montgomery, New Jersey
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67 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“A Gem!”
Reviewed August 16, 2013

Nestled in the heart of Princeton University, this museum is a wonderful treat! It has an impressive collection, periodic exhibits, and a nice gift shop. Consider a visit if you're in the area.

Visited July 2013
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed August 14, 2013

less is more goes the expression. Not massive, like Princeton itself, just great. some of the worlds most famous paintings are right here.

Visited October 2012
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Hamilton, NJ
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“Best thing to do in Princeton”
Reviewed August 12, 2013

Located among the picturesque grounds of the Princeton University, the Art Museum is a veritable treasure chest generously opening its sparkling gems to public. There is no admittance fee to the museum, the staff is very friendly and ready to help. Most of the time the museum is not crowded, so the chances are one would be able to fully enjoy its various collections in a tranquil and unhurried setting.
The European Art section features some very good Impressionist and Post-Impressionist artworks by Édouard Manet, Monet, Albert Sisley, Van Gogh. Toulouse-Lautrec's parody Le Bois Sacré is very interesting representing the artist's 'hidden' auto-portrait. Toulouse-Lautrec's Messaline is superb. Modigliani's portrait of Jean Cocteau is excellent. Amazing paintings by Chaim Soutine are worthy of a major world-class museum; unfortunately the paintings displayed vary from time to time; presently, only one of the seven paintings is on view, pushed all the way to the back rom of the Modern and Contemporary Art section. Not to be missed is a very rare engraving by Charles Méryon, works by Meissonier, Eugene Boudin, Camille Corot, Alfred Stevens, to name a few. The works by the German Expressionist Gabriele Münter of Kandinsky's inner circle were our latest 'revelation.' Please take a note of a very good work by Niki de Saint Phalle, right by the museum's entrance, on the ground floor.
The Modern and Contemporary section, though featuring quite a few interesting works by Max Ernest, Yves Tanguy, Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, among others, as a whole demonstrates a slightly random character; perhaps as a result of separating the collection in two different locations, the entrance and the back rooms.
Most of the time various exhibitions are held in the museum.
A visit could be planned for under two hours. Not to be missed. Probably the best thing to do in Princeton.

Visited August 2013
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Springfield, Virginia
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“Quality Art in comfortable setting”
Reviewed August 1, 2013

There was much more to see than we had expected. A good size collection with emphases in different areas: modern and traditional. Terrific ancient mosaics downstairs. Plan on 3 hours to do it justice.

Visited July 2013
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Princeton, New Jersey
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“Small Gem”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

Think of it as a museum for an introduction to art class. It includes a bit of everything -- from very modern to european genres to asian, classical, etc. Very eclectic, well presented. If you plan your trip right you may chance on an eager docent or a grad student or faculty member showing off their research. Don't miss the basement and there is a lovely hideaway in the back where one can just sit and look at the tall pines for a bit. There are also special exhibits rolling in as well. I have visited often over the years, but had to check time period.

Visited March 2013
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