Open Houses at Princeton University’s Eating Clubs
Princeton Prospect Foundation provides for periodic public access to Princeton University’s iconic eating clubs where generations of students have taken meals and socialized in historic and architecturally significant clubhouses that date as far back as 1895. There is no fee to visit the clubs during open houses, nor are reservations required. The open houses scheduled for all of 2020 have been cancelled because the eating clubs have been closed since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic. The next open houses will take place after the eating clubs are reopened and it is deemed safe and prudent to allow public access to them. As of February, 2021, it appears doubtful that open houses will resume in the spring semester of 2021.
The fascinating origins and evolution of the clubs, along with many archival images and spectacular photos, can be found in The Princeton Eating Clubs, written by award-winning author Clifford W. Zink in 2017. This beautiful book is available at Labyrinth Books and the Princeton University Store, and on Amazon: