About us

Our Mission
To acquire, preserve, display, celebrate, and promote archives and artifacts relevant to the development of our unique cultural heritage and to delight, inspire, and educate present and future generations about the story of Sea Isle City, New Jersey. The Sea Isle City Historical Society and Museum is a certified 501c3 nonprofit organization.

Our Vision
To be an inviting, informative, educational, and innovative community resource that is recognized and respected as the place for exploring and celebrating the rich cultural heritage of Sea Isle City and the surrounding area in New Jersey.

Our Organization

President – Mike McHale
Vice President – Abby Powell
Curator – Barbara Mc Keefery
Treasurer – Dee Pisch
Secretary – Bunnie Gill
Anne Hall
Bob Thibault
Eleanor Moore
Joe McMaster
Marie Peltier

Our History
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In 1982, a Centennial Committee was created to spearhead the celebration of the founding of Sea Isle City in 1882. Ms. Harriett Reardon Bailey, and the Centennial Committee became the foundation of the Sea Isle City Historical Society and Museum. The purpose of the Society was to advise and assist in the acquisition, preservation and protection of writings, photographs, publications, artifacts and other memorabilia related to the development and growth of the Sea Isle City area. Ms. Harriett R. Bailey became the first President of the Historical Society and Museum in 1983, and also served as its Curator for thirty years.

The museum, which opened on January 26, 1983, had humble beginnings. It was housed in a temporary space in a portion of the city`s elementary school for several years. It then opened in a building located behind the former City Hall at 45th and Landis Avenue on June 29, 1985. On September 29, 1990, Mr. Michael “Mike” Stafford was elected President of the Historical Society and Museum and served in that position for 25 years. Under Mike Stafford`s guidance, the museum became more and more popular. It became clear that we needed more space, and on June 29, 1995, the museum was on the move again to a quaint building located at 4208 Landis Avenue (shown above). It remained there until December 13, 2011 when it began a new and exciting chapter in its proud history of “Making Today’s Memories Tomorrow’s Treasures.” That’s when we moved to our current home in a wing of the Cape May County Library at 4800 Central Avenue in Sea Isle. In just 15 months at its new location, the museum celebrated its 10,000th visitor on March 30, 2013. We`re proud of that accomplishment and thank you for your support.


Our location provides an open floor plan allowing easy access as you move from exhibit to exhibit. There’s ample elbow and breathing room along the way. The Museum also provides an area to sit and conduct research, take notes, or simply browse through the many articles, books, and photographs. The facility is handicap accessible and children friendly. We even have a children’s scavenger hunt!

Come and explore Sea Isle City’s community’s history. Volunteers look forward to walking you through Sea Isle’s past, present, and future! Our museum features Family Albums, an impressive Bridal Display as well an abundance of artifacts related to Sea Isle City and the surrounding area.

The Museum is open year round. Our current hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday,and Friday 10am-3pm. Admission to the Museum is FREE.

Our Gift Shop
The museum Gift Shop has a variety of reasonably priced Sea Isle City themed items for sale. Selections range from shirts and hats to children’s coloring books and books about Sea Isle, and from handmade Afghans to vintage postcards. So when you visit the museum, don`t forget to drop by the Gift Shop and take home a little bit of Sea Isle history. Members will receive a 10% discount on Gift Store merchandise.


We welcome your donations which are tax deductible.

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