The Museum of Cape May County
Where History Makes Its Home!



To New Jersey and Beyond,Four Decades of Diving Adventures

October 17th 2018

The Museum has been exhibiting a portion of the shipwreck collection of Captain Gene Peterson, a recognized master diver. Here is your chance to meet Captain Peterson and learn first hand about displayed artifacts and what still lies below the surface. His presentation, held in our Military Room at 504 Route 9 North will have limited seating. Call The Museum at 609-465-3535 to make your reservations. The cost is $10 per person. Light refreshments will be served.

The Civil War role of Fort Delaware

October 18th 2018

Jacob Miller, Interpretive Programs Manager at Fort Delaware State Park, will bring to life the history and prisoner experience of Fort Delaware. One of the largest and best-known POW facilities in the Union it saw over 33,000 detainees during the course of the war. This lecture, which is being held in conjunction with the Cape May County Civil War Round Table, will take place Thursday., Oct. 17 inside The Museum’s historic Smith Barn at 7 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, please contact The Museum at 609-465-3535.

CMCHGS Annual Meeting

November 29th 2018

Our annual meeting will be at the Lobster House on Fisherman's Wharf in Cape May. Starting at 6:00 p.m the program will begin with a brief business meeting presenting and voting on a slate of nominees for the Board of Trustees. Museum awards will be presented to those that have made significant contributions to the preservation or presentation of Cape May County history.Following the business meeting dinner will be served. Entres include broiled scallops, baked stuffed flounder or chicken francaise all prepared at the hands of the Lobster House's expert chefs. For reservations and entre selection call The Museum at 609-465-3535 or e-mail to The cost of a ticket is $38 per person. Due to the Thanksgiving holiday reservations must be made by Wednesday, November 21. ..


Washington, Lincoln Documents on Display

February 9th 2018

Celebrate Presidents Day by attending this one-day exhibit featuring documents signed by President George Washington and President Abraham Lincoln. The owner of this private collection will be available to discuss their historic significance and answer questions. We encouraged all ages to attend this free, one evening showing from 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. at The Museum. For additional information please contact The Museum at 609-465-3535.

History Speaks - Cape May's African American Community

June 3 - August 19

We invite you to visit our newest exhibit, "History Speake: From the Underground Railroad to Segregated Schools to Urban Renewal - Hear the Voices of Cape May's African American Community". The exhibit takes you through more than 100 years of local African American history It is free and open to the public from 10:00am until 3:00pm, Tuesdays through Fridays.

Dive into Cape May County's Maritime History

August 4th 2017

A fascinating look into the shipwrecks off the coast of Cape May County. Visitors will learn how torpedoes and mines from German U-boats along with storms and collisions caused these devastating shipwrecks. Both the amazing stories and recovered artifacts will be on display. This free exhibit is presented by the Cape May Maritime Museum in collaboration with The Museum of Cape May County.

History is alive at the Museum of Cape May County! Our schedule is always full with exciting events and exhibits.

Monthly lectures by Civil War historians, an active DAR meeting schedule, our annual Art for History Fine and Folk Arts Auction, paranormal investigations, historical reenactments, holiday tours, family-friendly ghost story walks, house tours, bus excursions and festivals are just some of what we offer.

Exhibits at the Museum of Cape May County are always thought-provoking and fun. Recent exhibits such as “Or I Shall Be Forgotten,” “Taboo: Exposing Hidden History,” “History Speaks: From the Underground Railroad to Segregated Schools to Urban Renewal – Hear the Voices of Cape May’s African American Community” and “Forget Me Not: The Final Farewell” have filled our new gallery. Our ambitious temporary exhibits schedule for the upcoming year is one which will satiate the appetite of everyone – from the most ardent history buff to those just interested in seeing a specific aspect of Cape May County history.

Please follow this site or contact the museum to see what engaging activities are coming up.




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