Greater Cape May Historical Society

Colonial House Museum Cape May NJ

Steward of The Colonial House Museum, located in the first period Memucan Hughes house, c. 1730. Restored tavern room, common room and Gallery Exhibit Room on first floor.

The museum is open June 15 to September 15 Wednesday through Saturday (closed Sunday, Monday and Tuesday) 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and during Victorian Weekend in October. The museum is also open by appointment. Call (609) 884-9100.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Greater Cape May Historical Society is to collect, preserve, document, interpret and share the history of the greater Cape May area.

Vision Statement

The Greater Cape May Historical Society has a public private partnership with the City of Cape May for the support and operation of the Colonial House Museum. The Society will maintain the Colonial House along with its extensive collection of paper documents and in doing so, provide a museum open to the public without bias and free of charge. The Society intends to make the paper collection available to the public on the internet. This partnership will provide the city with a designated area whereby visitors may obtain information and direction to other sites within the City and County to promote tourism. The Society seeks to have an ethical, open, and friendly group of volunteers to maintain the Society's mission and vision.


The headquarters of this organization, incorporated in August, 1974, is the Colonial House Museum c 1730, located at 653½ Washington Street, Cape May, next to City Hall and behind the Blue Rose Inn. This museum was originally a tavern and the family house of Revolutionary War Patriot Memucan Hughes. The front room features a tavern room. Other rooms open to the public in this unsung survivor from Cape Island’s very beginning depict a colonial era cooking/eating room and bedroom. A room, added in the 1930’s, is a research/exhibit room.