Corner of Hooper Ave & Water St.
78 East Water Street, PO Box 1111
Toms River, NJ 08754
732-349-9209 FAX: 732-349-2498

Open year-round
Tues, Thurs, Sat:
10:00am to 2:00pm
Except for rest room facilities

About the Museum

Collections / Gallery




The Toms River Seaport Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the rich maritime heritage of the Barnegat Bay in New Jersey.

Founded in 1976 to preserve where possible and recreate when necessary, the unique history of those bygone days when schooners, catboats and special purpose small craft sailed New Jersey's coastal waters.

The Barnegat Bay area and the intracoastal waters of New Jersey have produced a number of significant boat types indigenous to the shallow estuaries and bays that provide haven for the feisty blue crab, the flat faces flounder, the elusive bay scallop, and the sweet cherrystone clam.

New Jersey craft such as the Class "A" catboat, Barnegat Bay sneakbox, gunning skiff, and the Egg Harbor Melon Seed are part of the evolution of watercraft which include the Jersey sea skiff, numerous garveys, hay scows, and Sneakboxes that are such an important part of this area's history      

The Seaport Society sponsors an Annual Wooden Boat Festival in July. This 24-year old event is one of the largest events of its type on the East Coast and draws over 8,000 visitors.

The Society provides off-site presentations on the museum and maritime history throughout the area. They have active educational programs, including special programs for scouting groups, special education students and internships. Hands-on restoration of watercraft is also featured.

Ocean County Cultural and Heritage Commission  


Ocean County Cultural and Heritage Commission