Greater Cape May Historical Society

Plan your visit

The Colonial House is open to the public at no charge from June 15 through September 15. 

We will open with prior arrangement on Victorian Weekend in October.

In December, we open for the second and third Saturday evenings for the MAC sponsored Candlelight and Lamplighter house tour.


653 1/2 Washington Street, Cape May
(next to City Hall)
Get Directions


The museum is free to visit.


Open Wednesdays through Saturdays from 1–4pm June 15th to September 15

Winter tours are available by appointment. We respectfully request a minimum of 24 hours notice. Please send email to There is no fee. Donations are gratefully accepted to help maintain the Colonial House.

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

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

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


Garden State Parkway

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.

New Jersey Turnpike South

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

State Route 47

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