The ACHS has been collecting local objects from the nostalgic past since its inception in 1913.
Today, there are over 20,000 items in the museum's collections. These range in size from a Continental dollar to an 1870 bed. All have been presented to the Society as gifts from members and friends. The majority of items are classified as "historical artifacts" rather than antiques. These artifacts can be attributed by name, place, and date to the persons who made them, used them, or enjoyed owning them.
Our museum exhibits will appeal to every member of the family! We feature major collections in the household, useful, decorative, and fine arts. Maritime enthusiasts will enjoy our extensive display of shipbuilding tools, models, and marine artifacts representing one of the major 19th century industries in Atlantic County and the region. Fans of the Victorian era will appreciate our clothing and textile collections. And children will light up when they see our display of toys and dolls.
The museum occupies the lower level of the building as well as much of the second floor auditorium. Allow at least one hour to tour the museum facilities at a leisurely pace. Volunteers lead guided tours on request and admission to the museum is free. A museum tour is a fun and educational activity for a school class trip, scout excursion, senior or community group outing, or rainy day at the Shore. Groups of 12 or more are encouraged to contact the society in advance to arrange a tour.