Historical Society of Princeton

354 Quaker Road, Princeton, NJ 08540 - United States





Inspired by the worldly and entrepreneurial spirit of the citizens of Princeton, and graced by the important legacy of the town, the Historical Society of Princeton develops signature programs of learning and discovery to connect the lessons of the past to the issues which inform our future. Using our historic sites and collections, we teach local and international visitors that history is relevant in daily life, and can be used to explore a shared connection among people; to celebrate a love of place; and to promote conversations on creating a better future.


The Einstein Salon and Innovators Gallery
This gallery celebrates the worldly and entrepreneurial spirit of the citizens of Princeton. Albert Einstein, renowned scientist and thinker, anchors the gallery, while changing displays highlight others from the galaxy of Princeton stars.

Photographs, documents, and other interpretive material paint a fascinating and comprehensive picture of Einstein’s time in Princeton from 1933 to 1955. Visitors can expect an intimate and up-close encounter with furniture from Einstein’s home at 112 Mercer Street, including Einstein’s writing desk – complete with ink spill – situated with Einstein’s favorite chair. The furniture provides a physical link to an extraordinary man and his journey out of an unsafe Europe.

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