A Visit to Princeton


Have a spare afternoon and wish to explore scenic, historical, or cultural Princeton? Indoors or out, we have something for everyone, whether you have an hour to spare or plan to spend the day.


Walking Tour

Download the Historical Society of Princeton’s app and take a walk through the Witherspoon-Jackson Historic District on “The Albert E. Hinds Memorial Walking Tour: African American Life in Princeton,” narrated by Shirley Satterfield, a longtime Princetonian and local historian. The tour is also available on the web.


Paul Robeson

Robeson grew up in the Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood and his childhood home, at 110 Witherspoon, is the future site of a museum honoring his legacy.  His statue sits in front of the Arts Council of Princeton at the intersection of Witherspoon Street and Paul Robeson Place. The library also has a bust of Robeson in the Princeton Room, sculpted by his friend, Antonio Salemme.


Princeton Cemetery

Explore this historic cemetery of the Nassau Presbyterian Church, established in 1757. Use the map, available online to locate the final resting places of such Princetonians as Aaron Burr and Grover Cleveland.  Located across the street from the library, the entrance is on Greenview Avenue.


Princeton Art Museum

A world class art museum, right in the heart of the University’s campus, free and open to the public. The museum has a permanent collection as well as special exhibitions.  Download the Princeton University app and take the Campus Art tour to learn more about the outdoor art collection.


Morven Museum & Garden

Library cardholders can reserve a pass to visit Morven Museum and Garden, through our Museum Pass Program. Built by one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, Richard Stockton, this was his family home as well as the home of five New Jersey Governors. Visit the permanent exhibits, tour the gardens, or see the current exhibitions. There is a modest entrance fee.


Revolutionary War Princeton

Learn about Princeton’s role in and contributions to the Revolutionary War. Visit Princeton Battlefield State Park, Princeton Battle Monument, Nassau Hall and the statue of John Witherspoon on the University campus, and the Morven Museum & Garden.


Get Outdoors

Take a walk along the Delaware-Raritan Canal towpath, stroll around Carnegie Lake, explore the trails in the Institute Woods, Herrontown Woods Arboretum, or in the Mountain Lakes Open Space Area.  While it is possible to walk there from the library, you might want to drive closer to each location.


Albert Einstein

Landau, a clothing store at 102 Nassau Street, has an Einstein Museum at the back of the store with numerous items of interest.  Einstein’s residence, at 112 Mercer Street, where he lived from 1935-1955, is currently a private home and can be viewed from the street.  There is no burial site for him, in Princeton or anywhere else. A bust of Einstein can be found at the Princeton Battle Monument Park.


Gargoyles & Tigers

And now for something completely different: hunting for gargoyles and tigers on the University campus.  Download the Princeton University app and follow along with the  gargoyle audio tour, to locate these creatures on many of the buildings facades.  And watch out for tigers, they’re everywhere!


Just for Kids

Have little ones with you who need to blow off some steam? Within walking distance of the library, are Maggie’s Park on Spruce Street and the playground at the Princeton YM/YWCA on Paul Robeson Place.  Just a bit longer of a walk (though you might want to drive) will take you to Marquand Park with its open fields and large sandbox. A more comprehensive playground list can be found here.