Tips for Visiting Princeton University Campus and Museums

By Elizabeth Summers / July 1, 2019 / No comments
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Whether you have any desire to attend school there or not, Princeton University is a must-see destination. This world-famous Ivy League university obviously has a lot to offer students, but there’s a ton of history and culture on display to the general public, as well. It is no wonder that so many students want to take up studying there, it is rich with culture and beauty that many can learn from. Before they know it they’ll be walking their graduation wearing their cap and gown and getting their diploma with the frame they got in anticipation from

If you decide to plan a visit, you’ll need to locate hotels near Princeton University. The Nassau Inn is a small, historic hotel located on Palmer Square in downtown Princeton. Its charm and atmosphere make it a fixture for frequent visitors to the university. The Hyatt Regency Princeton is another excellent choice. It puts you close enough to the school to easily explore its sprawling campus, and its ultra-modern accommodations, including a glass-enclosed heated pool and state-of-the-art StayFit Gym make it popular with travelers.

Depending on where you are coming from, you can travel to Princeton using public transportation. The area’s four closest airports all offer trains and/or shuttles to get you there. You will also find that both Amtrak and New Jersey transit include Princeton in their stops. Once you have arrived at Princeton there are campus shuttles that make round trips for the local train station.

While you are at Princeton University you can choose to take a tour of the campus. The tour is always led by knowledgeable students who can answer your questions about the school.

Princeton University Art Museum

During your wanderings, you should try to come across the Princeton University Art Museum. There is no cost for entering the museum, and the general public is always welcome there. It is home to many art collections, including:

  • Art of the Ancient Americas
  • Modern and Contemporary Art
  • European Art
  • Asian Art
  • American Art

At any given time, there are also several exhibits to see. These exhibits change periodically but are always worth checking out. If you visit the museum with a group of people you can take a guided tour. You can instead choose to take a self-guided group tour if circumstances permit. Tours of the museum must be scheduled before you arrive there.

Dining At Princeton University

Though only registered students and staff can dine at the school’s cafeterias, there are cafes throughout campus that you can stop at during your visit. In total, there are eight cafes to choose from. They are:

  • Studio 34
  • Chancellor Green Cafe
  • Genomics Cafe
  • Atrium Cafe
  • Equad Cafe
  • Cafe 701
  • Prospect House
  • Chemistry CaFe

Originally Princeton’s physics laboratory, the Frist Campus Center is a cool, historic building you should also check out. You can get refreshments there, too. Your choices there are Witherspoon’s, Cafe Vivian, and Food Gallery at Frist.

Nearby Attractions

If you want to venture away from campus without straying too far, there are several nearby sites to visit. They include the Princeton Battlefield and the Charles H. Rogers Wildlife Refuge.

An official state park, Princeton Battlefield is a historic site that played a key role in the American Revolution. The reason this site is significant to your visit is that field stretched all the way to where Princeton University now sits.

Walking the grounds of the nearby Charles H. Rogers Wildlife Refuge is an important part of learning more about the area of Princeton.


Exploring Princeton University and everything it has to offer is an experience not to be missed. Between touring the campus of Princeton and soaking in the art museum experience, you will get an idea of the neighborhood’s culture.