Hey, New Jersey adventure-seekers … want to explore the most extensive collection of maritime history and artifacts in the state? Grab your gear and head to the Museum of New Jersey Maritime History on the southern end of Long Beach Island, dedicated to preserving the incredible history found beneath the surface of our Jersey Shore. A boatload of treasures, artifacts and curiosities call this interesting place home — including shipwreck artifacts, prehistoric fossils, navigation equipment, diving gear and more.
Quite The Collection
When the museum opened in Beach Haven on July 3, 2007, nearly all of its holdings were from the personal collection of its president Deb Whitcraft, who had spent years on an unsinkable quest to collect information and items pertaining to the state’s maritime history. (She even expressed this hope when interviewed for a segment on wreck diving in a 1983 episode of the TV program “Prime Time.”) In the years since it opened, the museum has grown at an impressive rate thanks to donations and loans from the diving community and the public.
Some of the main attractions include: the diver room; Morro Castle Room; Coast Guard exhibit (featuring Sinbad the Coast Guard dog); the Texas Tower 4 collection (an Air Force radar station off Long Island that was destroyed by a winter storm); and an exhibit …….