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Princeton Art Museum


The primary mission of the Princeton University Art Museum is to effectively support and enhance the university’s goals of teaching, research, and service. The Museum does this through the study, preservation, conservation, exhibition, and development of its collections. Through direct and sustained access to original works of art, and by collaborating with faculty, students, and staff from the Department of Art and Archaeology and many other disciplines, the Museum contributes to the development of critical thinking and visual literacy at Princeton.

As one of the richest cultural resources in the state of New Jersey, the Museum also has a clear commitment to serve the local community, the region, and beyond. The Museum encourages the public to benefit from its collections and exhibitions and to provide support for its principal activities through specific programs and outreach initiatives. Scholarly exhibitions, publications, symposia, and an active loan program extend the Museum’s reach to a national and international audience, assuring its continuing vitality and its active participation in the university's primary commitment to advance and impart knowledge.

Why The Princeton University Art Museum implemented the Acuity-vct Video Capture System

For years, Craig Hoppock (Museum Superintendent) had searched for a more advanced surveillance and security system to protect the collection at the Princeton University Art Museum. Craig we first learned of Acuity-vct’s success in deploying advanced analytics within museums at a security conference Acuity-vct sponsored in New York City. Though interested, Princeton had standardized on another surveillance product and Craig’s security consultant’s experience with analytics made him extremely skeptical. The consultant found analytics to be expensive, difficult to set up, costly to maintain and prone to false alarms. However, after visiting several of Acuity-vct‘s museum analytics implementations Craig was certain the Acuity-vct system could provide a significant benefit.

“Our search began as we set out to find a surveillance system that included reliability, flexibility, meet our needs for storage capacity, and yet be the latest in technological standards. We wanted a simple, User-friendly system to administer, yet be cost effective with long term savings. Needless to say, Acuity-vct met all these challenges and then some.

The analytic camera’s (electronic security guards) continually monitor our collection and provide audible alerts to guests and guards should a student, staff or visitor touch or approach an art piece or exhibit too closely. This diverts the need to call in additional officers for special events or substitute personnel who are absent because we feel our collection is totally protected. In fact, we feel we are now better protected than ever – even with fewer officers.”

Craig Hoppock – Museum Superintendent, Princeton University Art Museum


The larger pictures below shows what the museum guests see (on the left) when viewing Princeton’s artwork. The smaller picture overlayed to the right, shows in blue highlighting where the analytics protection zones are located. When a protection zone is breached, an audible and/or visual alarm is activated, and the museums central and floor level security staff is instantly notified via page, email, or any other requested means.

Princeton Art Museum Artwork protected with the Acuity-vct Analytics software.


“I conducted a cost benefit analysis of our personnel expenses and was astounded to find that we have saved nearly $20,000 in overall payroll and benefit costs to date. At this rate of savings our return on investment will be realized in two years.

It is rare that a product lives up to expectations set during the sales process. As you know, selecting the Acuity-vct system – not the campus standard, carried a certain element of risk for me and the Art Museum. However the VCS product has far exceeded our expectations and due to its advanced functionality and cost savings, it is now being considered as the new campus standard to be implemented in additional locations on our campus.”

Craig Hoppock – Museum Superintendent, Princeton University Art Museum