Beach Haven Yacht Club Dock in the 1880's with catboats on one side and sneakboxes on the other.
Look around by scrolling down and by using the navigation bar at the top of this page to see the many facets of LBI History.
Established in 1976, the Museum was created by a group of enthusiastic volunteers with the support of local governments.
Our museum is located in the 1882 Holy Innocents Episcopal Church. We are so grateful that our founders had the visition to purchase the church when it went up for sale in 1975.
The LBI Museum is a visit into Long Beach Island's past. A collection of archival material and displays bring the past into the present. Trained volunteer docents welcome and guide visitors through the museum. The vision is to be an inviting, informative, and educational resource that is recognized and respected as the place for exploring and celebrating the rich cultural heritage of Long Beach Island.
The mission is to acquire, preserve, display, celebrate and promote archives and artifacts relevant to the development of our unique cultural heritage and to delight and educate present and future generations about the story of Long Beach Island. There is more to find out about the LBIHA in our "About" section above and in this link below:
The Long Beach Island Historical Association asks you to consider renting the Museum Auditorium to exchange or renew your wedding vows or as a weather backup for your beach wedding. Click to link here to find out more about renting the auditorium:
A volunteer received an email inquiring about the status of the "rusty Cutlass" on display at the Museum.
The Cutlass has been on display since it was given on permanent loan 30 years ago. Find out more here about this interesting find.
Please consider making a donation to help the Museum through the Covid period. Our evenues were less than half of normal last year. Anything you can donate will be a great help!
We would like to say it's "full steam ahead" however we are still cautiously going into the 2022 season regarding Covid restrictions and concerns. We have however put together an "optimistically" extensive list of events to bring the community back into our beautiful building and also to engage LBI-lovers into the history of this great island.
Some of our events are dependent on Covid rules and restrictions as well as the return of volunteers. Please view the Schedule of Events and mark your calendars accordingly:
The "Baymen" represent a segment of people who were truly the backbone of the early development of LBI. Since they played such an integral part in developing the island, LBIHA salutes the Baymen and are honored to preserve one of their early cottages which reflects their simple lifestyle.
The Sign of the Whale Shop carries an array of merchandise curated to remember your LBI experience! We sell gift cards too!
2020 has been the year of getting really creative with how we work, play and celebrate. The gift of an LBI Historical Association Museum Membership is a creative way to look forward to LBI times ahead, remind loved ones of great memories on LBI and give an experience that supports and honors the Museum dedicated to preserving the history of your favorite Island.
The LBI Museum is seasonal. We are typically open weekends in June, daily, 7 days a week in July and August and weekends only in September. At all other times we are open only by advance appointment for researchers or groups of 4 or more. Call 609-492-3988. Please see our Facebook page: LBI Historical or call our Admissions phone: 609-492-0700 for specific hours during the Summer season.
129 Engleside Avenue, Beach Haven, New Jersey 08008, United States
LBIHA has reserved parking for visitors with disabilities, a wheelchair lift, and accessible toilet and a wheelchair; and maintain these in good condition with appropriate signage. The wheelchair lift is located on the west side of the building; where reserved off-street parking is available; and where visitors with limited mobility can enter/exit the museum with a single lift.
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