Carillon

About the Carillon

The Class of 1892 Bells

Grover Cleveland Tower

Quick Facts

  • Grover Cleveland Tower is 173 feet to the roof
  • The carillon contains 67 bells, concert pitch
  • The largest bell, the Bourdon sounding G below middle C, weighs 12,880 pounds
  • The smallest bell weighs 14 pounds
  • The first 35 bells were cast and installed in 1927 by Gillet & Johnson, England. Subsequent additions to the instrument occurred in 1943, 1966, 1968 and 1993 with bells from the Paccard Foundry (France) and Petit & Fristen Foundry (The Netherlands.
  • In 1993 the carillon was renovated and rededicated on June 13, 1993
  • How many carillons are there in the U.S.?  180
  • Are there other carillons in New Jersey? Yes.
    • St. Georges-by-the-River, Rumson
    • 26 bells cast in 1934 by Taylor
    • St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Morristown
    • 47 bells cast 1924, 1952 by Taylor, Paccard
    • Grace Church Carillon, Plainfield, NJ
    • 47 bells cast 1923 by Gillet & Johnston

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a carillon?

Considered the largest musical instrument in the world, a carillon consists of a series of at least 23 tuned bells, played from a keyboard that allows expressiveness through variation in touch, and on which the player, or carillonneur, can play a broad range of music—from arrangements of popular and classical music to original compositions created just for the carillon. 

Where is the Cleveland Tower?

Directions and Parking: http://gradschool.princeton.edu/life-princeton/our-community/residential...

For GPS: The Graduate College is located at 88 College Road West, Princeton, NJ 08544. 

How is the carillon played?

Princeton’s carillon is played manually with the fists and feet.

Play a Virtual Carillon (courtesy of the Yale Guild of Carillonneurs)

Visit the Carillon

See, hear, experience the carillon bells:

Every Sunday at 1:00- 1:45p.m. (Except during July and August and during Ph.D. exams. Restrictions apply)

Visit the Porter’s Lodge for details how to ascend the tower.