Social distancing is leaving us all a little stir-crazy. Though we’re trying to keep busy by staying active and working from home, it’s easy to fall into a rut. Instead of binging the latest from Netflix, trying “walking” through some of the history that makes up Mercer. Until we meet again, we think you’ll love these unique virtual experiences.

Historical Society of Princeton 

Explore Princeton’s most notable, and hidden places with the Princeton digital walking tour.  Or for those rainy days, check out several of their historical virtual tours! History can be fun, even digitally. Get the kids involved too!

An angled view of Updike Farmhouse near Princeton


Old Barracks Museum

The Old Barracks has two digital tours available: "When Women Vote: The Old Barracks and the Anti-Suffrage Movement", and "Necessary and Proper for the Public Good,” along with collection highlights showing over 2,000 artifacts in the Permanent Collection! As an added perk, they’re asking students and kids to email their historical interpreters their questions about history to help out the incredible challenge of teaching at home. Questions will be answered online. Visit for more information.

An interior view of the old barracks museum in Princeton

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Princeton Tour Company: Self-Guided Tour

This tour can not only be enjoyed on Princeton’s campus (which is currently still open but with zero access to buildings), but it can be viewed at home as well on your smartphone. You can learn about how the university came to Princeton and how Einstein did as well, along with checking out all his favorite hangout spots. It’s narrated with fun facts and a great escape for anyone right now.

Princeton Tour Company Self-Guided Tour artwork

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Bonus: Online Events with Princeton University Art Museum

This Thursday join Sir David Adjaya and Museum Director James Steward about the power of architecture and it’s capacities to offer solace, to convey grace, to shape place and even to improve the world.

Also, be sure to enjoy the weekly free online art-making experience. Classes are taught by artist-instructor Barber DiLorenzo over Zoom so you can join live from your home. The lessons feature works from the Museum’s collection as well. Enjoy!

A pencil sketch of a samurai warrior as part of Princeton's online art classes

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Also be sure to check out our Princeton at Home Virtual Tours and Experiences here. We’re in this together!