Group Tours

Private Walking Tours

Princeton History Walking Tours are the perfect complementary activity for Corporate Events, meetings and family outings. Whether you are seeking an outside recreational or “team building” activity for conference participants, or you are seeking a “spouses event,” our Princeton History Walking Tours give visitors an educational and entertaining look at Princeton’s people, architecture and history. Programs can be adapted to meet the needs and timing of your group. Groups larger than 25 will be divided between two tour guides.
When: Available by appointment; arrangements should be made at least two weeks in advance.
Where: All tours start at Bainbridge House, 158 Nassau Street, Princeton.
Cost: $8 per person; minimum charge of $80 per tour.
Contact: Eve Mandel at 609.921.6748 x102 or

“The tours were a big hit, and both groups had a very enjoyable experience. I would highly recommend the Historical Society of Princeton to other groups and organizations that want to plan a group tour of the Princeton area.”
– Lynda Brady, Tour Co-Chair, 2015 Quester International Convention

Princeton History Walking Tour

Enjoy a 2 mile, two-hour walk around downtown Princeton and the University campus as you learn about historic sites in the area, including Bainbridge House, Nassau Hall, the University Chapel and Palmer Square. The early history of Princeton, the founding of the University and the American Revolution are just some of the stories from Princeton’s history that you will hear on your tour.

The Albert E. Hinds Memorial Walking Tour: African American Life in Princeton

Experience a one of a kind tour of the historic Witherspoon-Jackson neighborhood that gives you the history below Nassau Street. Learn about the “Princeton Plan” that desegregated schools at the site of the Witherspoon Street School for Colored Children; hear about the life of Paul Robeson at his birthplace; and visit Birch Avenue, where many houses were moved when the establishment of Palmer Square demolished much of the historic Black neighborhood across from the University.

Digital Version now available! Visit to access a digital version of the Albert E. Hinds Memorial Walking Tour: African American Life in Princeton through your smart phone, or call 609-436-4092 from any cell phone.Developed and narrated by Shirley Satterfield, a resident of the community and member of the first integrated class at Nassau School. HSP received a project grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State, to support this project. For more details, click here.

Princeton University Architecture Tour

This tour explores the phenomenal architecture on campus, dating from 1756 to the present. Buildings on this two mile walk include the Georgian style of Nassau Hall, collegiate gothic marvels, and extraordinary contemporary designs, including the Frank Gehry-designed Lewis Library, the Stadium, the Icahn Laboratory, and the brand-new Princeton Neuroscience Institute/Psychology facility.

Updike Farmstead Tour

Enjoy a private tour of the grounds and galleries at HSP’s beautiful Updike Farmstead, in the heart of the historic Princeton Battlefield/Stony Brook Settlement Historic District. The Farmstead is along the route followed by Continental troops on their way to engage British soldiers at the neighboring Thomas Clarke farm at Princeton Battlefield. The restored late 18th/early 19th century farmhouse contains galleries dedicated to art and history, and the property includes several outbuildings, a restored windmill and garden. Programs run one hour and are limited to 25.

When: Available by appointment; arrangements should be made at least one month in advance.
Cost: $5 per person; minimum charge of $50 per tour.
Contact: Eve Mandel at 609.921.6748 x102 or

Updike Farmstead is at 354 Quaker Road, Princeton.


Bring our program to you! Presentations run 45-60 minutes and cost $80.

New Jersey Facts and Firsts
New Jersey began in 1664 as a royal gift. This program, developed by the Historical Society of Princeton, highlights the Lenape Indians and early  European settlers, the development of cities and suburbs, as well as technology and inventions. This lively and interactive presentation concludes with a multiple choice game to identify N.J. facts, symbols and local celebrities.

The Life of Albert Einstein
Through this interactive presentation, the audience will examine the life of the man whose name has become synonymous with “genius.” Learn how a childhood fascination with a compass played a role in the development of the Nobel prize-winning scientist, how he accepted a job in Princeton to escape Nazi Germany and how he used his celebrity to advocate for civil rights and advance world peace.

Princeton: Then and Now
The town of Princeton was settled more than 300 years ago. What has changed over the years, and what has stayed the same? Tour the town from the comfort of your chair and compare images of transportation, shopping, education and historic sites from the Historical Society of Princeton’s archives.