26 Hadley Avenue
Toms River, NJ 08753
732-341-1880 FAX: 732-341-4372

website: www.oceancountyhistory.org

Open year-round
Museum: Tues & Thurs: 1-4pm
1st Sat: 1-4pm
Last tour begins at 3pm
Research Center: Tues 1-4pm
1st Sat: 1-4pm

Suggested donation : $3.00, children under 12 free

Partially acces-sible

About the Museum

Collections / Gallery



The Ocean County Museum is located in the historic Victorian period Pierson Sculthorpe House, built in stages between 1820 and 1866. Their permanent collections depict the life-styles and occupations of early Ocean County families, while changing exhibits help bring to life the many stories of Ocean County.

Exhibits include well-appointed Victorian period rooms, including a kitchen, dining room, music room, kitchen, parlor, bedroom and schoolhouse.

The Museum also showcases the history of Lighter-Than-Air aviation at Lakehurst Naval Air Station, local Revolutionary War and Civil War memorabilia, fossils and Native American artifacts, and Barnegat Bay duck decoys.

The Museum boasts an 8000 volume library and research center, which is an invaluable source for information on the history of Ocean County.

In addition to books, the library and archives hold a large collection of historic documents, maps, newspapers, cemetery & census records, family artifacts, vital statistics and much more!

The Museum also has files on over 500 Ocean County families that are available for genealogical research.


The Ocean County Historical Society presents many programs and events, including bus tours to historical sites in New Jersey, an Annual Victorian Teas, Quilt Exhibits, Antiques and Collectibles Faire, and the Cabin Fever Antique Show.

Visit the website for the schedule of events.

Ocean County Cultural and Heritage Commission  


Ocean County Cultural and Heritage Commission