The Princeton University Art Museum is staking its claim to Nassau Street. Earlier this fall the museum opened Art@Bainbridge, an exhibition space in the historic Bainbridge House at 158 Nassau Street. And at the end of November it was set to celebrate the grand opening of its Museum Store at 56 Nassau St.
The space — at the west corner of Nassau Street and Palmer Square, the longtime home of Origins — will be, for the time being, the second location for the museum store, the first being located in the museum’s lobby. But the main museum is due to close in early 2021 for roughly three years to allow for the construction of an updated and expanded museum space.
During that time, parts of the museum’s collection will be on display in various other campus venues. And now the museum store, whose Nassau Street location was scheduled to celebrate its grand opening on November 29, will have a continued presence in town.
The store will include items related to the museum’s collections and current exhibitions as well as handcrafted items from regional artisans. Proceeds from the store benefit museum programming.
“The Museum Store seeks to deepen and extend the visitor experience of the Princeton University Art Museum and provide visitors with opportunities to live with great design,” says Museum Director James Steward. “Our new location on Nassau Street allows us to extend this mission to greater numbers of visitors to our community.”
Both the new store and the original shop in the museum will be celebrating Museum Store Sunday on December 1. The stores will offer a 20 percent discount on all regularly priced merchandise as well as 10 percent off new memberships sold in the store. Visitors also receive a free gift with purchase and a tote bag with purchases over $100, while supplies last.
Harshita Lohia, a textile designer from Yardley, Pennsylvania, will have a trunk show from noon to 5 p.m. at the Museum Store at the Art Museum. She will bring her handcrafted scarves, jackets, and other one-of-a-kind accessories.
New this year, the Princeton University Art Museum Store has joined the Philadelphia Region’s Patron Passport Program. Visitors of the 15 participating museum stores will be able to enter a raffle for a gift basket — filled with $1,000 worth of goodies from the participating stores — at each stop along the way of this self-guided tour. Local stops include Morven Museum and Gardens, the New Jersey State Museum in Trenton, and Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton.
Visitors to either store can also make the trip down Nassau Street to see the inaugural exhibit in the Art@Bainbridge space, on view through January 5, 2020: “Jordan Nassar: Between Sky and Earth.” The New York-based artist uses a traditional Palestinian form of embroidery that would typically be seen on pillow cases or furniture covers and uses it to create larger-scale images that are hung on the wall like paintings.
Art@Bainbridge, 158 Nassau St. Sunday to Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Free.
Museum Store, Princeton University Art Museum, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Special Holiday Mondays, December 2, 9, 16, and 23, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 609-258-1713.
Museum Store, 56 Nassau Street. Sunday through Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Wednesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. 609-258-5600. email@example.com. artmuseum.princeton.edu/about/museum-store