Greater Cape May Historical Society

Plan Your Visit

Colonial House Museum Cape May NJVisit the Colonial House Museum, 653 ½ Washington Street, P.O. Box 495, Cape May (next to City Hall, behind the Blue Rose Inn).

Winter tours are available by appointment. We respectfully request a minimum of 24 hours notice. Please send email to There is no fee. The museum is free to all visitors.

The Washington Street Mall with restaurants and shops starts in the next block. A free booklet, This Week in Cape May, is available at the information booth at the beginning of the mall.



Exit at end of parkway (Mile 0, not Exit 0). Continue straight through 2 traffic lights. After the second traffic light (Madison Ave), turn left onto Franklin Street (the third street on your left). Turn into the first driveway on your right for the free city parking lot. The parking lot also has an exit/entrance at Washington Street. The Colonial House Museum is adjacent to the city parking lot. Parking is also available on Washington Street (meters 25 cents per quarter hour May 1 to October 31; free November 1 to April 30.).


Exit #11 to Garden State Parkway South. Follow Directions above.


At Rio Grande, take Garden State Parkway South. Follow Directions above.

ADA Information


The Colonial House, built circa 1730, is located at 653 1/2 Washington Street adjacent to a public city parking lot which has handicapped parking available.

Access to House

The Colonial House has slate sidewalk a short distance to a porch with two low, wide steps. The house has a wheelchair accessible door, however, once in the house, no further access can be made for a wheelchair due to the historic architecture of the house. The bathroom in the house is not handicapped accessible; however, there are public restrooms with handicapped accessible facilities in close proximity. The garden and grass areas of the house can be uneven at times. It is highly recommended that a person remain on the sidewalk area to view the house.

Questions and comments on ADA Access to House
Please send email to

Contact Information:

Cape May City
643 Washington Street
Cape May, NJ 08204
609.884.9525 City Hall Hours Mon - Fri - 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Contact Information:

Greater Cape May Historical Society
653 1/2 Washington Street
PO Box 495
Cape May, NJ 08204