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The Museum

The Museum has something for just about everyone! Seasonal guided tours are made interesting for children and adults alike.

Housed in a building that dates back to 1704, the Cresse House, and its 1830 Holmes addition, as well as a historic 1780 barn and carriage house have rooms devoted to a subject or time that will hold you spellbound as you make your way through the past.

The 11 room Cresse Holmes house treats you to a glimpse of life as it was in Cape May County from colonial to modern times. From the 1704 colonial kitchen and loft bedroom to the Victorian dining and sitting rooms all are decorated and furnished with period pieces. Special exhibit rooms include a children’s playroom teeming with toys, a doctor’s room with instruments, glassware and vials filled with a colorful array of pharmaceuticals and a Victorian music room with dozens of fascinating players and instruments.

Museum of Cape May County

Our barn is home to a maritime exhibit including Cape May County’s crown jewel, the original first-order Fresnel lens from Cape May Light House. In addition to our collection of farm implements the barn is also the site of our recently dedicated military room that pays homage to those who served our nation in time of war.

Period pieces range from the Revolutionary War to our country’s most recent involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Of special interest is the American flag that was carried by soldiers who hailed from Cape May County during the Civil War. The flag survived numerous battles, including Gettysburg, Spotsylvania, Bull Run and was at Lee’s surrender at Appomattox.

The Carriage Shed houses items related to transportation - a vintage horse-drawn market wagon, a doctor’s sulky and an early stagecoach that ran between Bridgeton and Pennsville.

These are just a few examples of the adventure that awaits you. With thousands of acquisitions on display, no matter what your interest, the Museum of Cape May County is sure to satiate your curiosity and inspire you to learn more.


Maritime

Since its earliest days the area we now call Cape May County has been linked to the water.  With the tumultuous Atlantic Ocean on one side, the Delaware Bay on the other and lush forest and field between it served its residents well.  Early Native Americans thrived, whalers found whales in the ocean and refuge in the bay. All worked the shores and tributaries for birds and shellfish.  As the population grew, shipbuilding and coastal trade took on greater importance.  Come visit us and explore this aspect of our museum.

Maritime

Many of the artifacts, photographs and manuscripts associated with maritime activities have found their way our museum collection.  From the original first-order Fresnel lens that sat atop the Cape May light to whaling implements, marine skeletons, ship parts and Native American exhibits there is something for everyone.  Of special interest is our recently acquired Cresse Journal, an original manuscript by Lewis Cresse detailing the life of a whaler in the mid-eighteenth century.  

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The Cresse-Holmes House Museum, Townsend Carriage Shed, and Smith Barn are accessible through guided tours only.
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