Historical Society of Ocean Grove

Admission

FREE for everyone!

If you would like to support the HSOG, may we suggest an optional donation of $5 per adult and $2 per child when you visit. Thank you!

January through March

Museum

Open during Ocean Grove special events. Check Events page during this period. We can arrange special visits. Please email us with preferred days and times at Info@OceanGroveHistory.org.

Centennial Cottage

Closed

April through Mid-June

Museum

Friday and Saturday 11am – 4pm

Centennial Cottage

Closed

Mid-June through September

Museum

Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 4pm
Closed Sunday and Monday
Closed Independence Day

Centennial Cottage

Tuesday – Friday 11am – 3pm
Saturday 11am – 1pm
Closed Sunday and Monday
Closed Independence Day

October through December

Museum

Friday and Saturday 11am – 4pm
Closed Christmas Day

Centennial Cottage

Closed

The HSOG is easily accessible by public transportation such as by train or bus, and by auto.

Train

Take the NJ Transit North Jersey Coast Line to the Asbury Park (Ocean Grove) Station. Travel time from New York Penn Station ranges from 90 – 110 minutes. Visit NJTransit.com for train times and information. Some trains travel direct in summer. Many trains change in Long Branch with easy transfer across the platform. Some trains change in Newark Penn Station with transfer on another platform. It is about a ten-minute walk or taxi from the Asbury Park train station to the Museum.

Bus

Take an Academy Bus from New York and North Jersey directly to Ocean Grove. Travel time from New York Port Authority is about 95 minutes. Visit AcademyBus.com for more information. The bus stops on Main Avenue, Ocean Grove. From there walk a block north to the Museum.

Auto

Ocean Grove is a 60-90 minute drive from New York City and a 90 minute drive from the Philadelphia area.

For GPS, copy and paste Historical Society of Ocean Grove, 50 Pitman Ave, Ocean Grove, NJ 07756 into your smart device map app.

Parking in Ocean Grove is free.

From North Jersey Take the Garden State Parkway south to exit 100A and follow Route 33 East to Ocean Grove.

From South Jersey Take the NJ Turnpike North to exit 7A. Follow Route 195 East to Route 35 in Belmar. Take Route 35 around Shark River & across the Shark River Inlet. Travel north onto Memorial Drive (follow sign for Bradley Beach), parallel to the railroad tracks for 2 miles to Corlies Avenue. Turn right across the tracks and into Ocean Grove.

From the West Take Route 18 South to the Route 33 East exit in Neptune. Follow Route 33 East (Corlies Ave) to the end. Or, take Route 195 East from the Trenton area to Route 35 in Belmar and follow directions from South Jersey.

Ocean Grove and the HSOG are designated on the New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail, the Monmouth County Historical Commission’s A Weekend in Old Monmouth Tour Trail and the New Jersey Women’s Heritage Trail.

Dine

The HSOG does not offer dining services, however, Ocean Grove offers a variety of tasty dine-in or take-out options to complement your HSOG experience.

Visit the Ocean Grove Chamber of Commerce website which has an updated list of dining options: OceanGroveNJ.com/Dining.

Shop

Please make your first shopping destination the HSOG Museum Store with more information on our Shop page. In addition, Ocean Grove offers many places to shop for clothing, bath and body products, food, art, jewelry, books, crafts, home decor, and vintage items to round out your HSOG experience.

Visit the Ocean Grove Chamber of Commerce website which has an updated list of shopping options: OceanGroveNJ.com/Shopping.

Groups

Group visits of 10 or more people are available with any of our three types of Walking Tours. See our Tours page for descriptions.

Group visits can also include dine-in breakfast or lunch from an Ocean Grove restaurant. Please contact the HSOG with your request and details at Info@OceanGroveHistory.org.

Visit the Ocean Grove Chamber of Commerce website which has an updated list of shopping options: OceanGroveNJ.com/Shopping.

We look forward to welcoming you to the HSOG. A review of our visitor guidelines and regulations below can help orient you before you arrive and ensure you get the most out of your experience. By visiting the HSOG, you agree to abide by these policies. Please make sure to plan ahead for your visit.

Entering the Museum and Centennial Cottage

Some items are not allowed in the galleries and must be checked; other items are not permitted in the building and cannot be checked.

  • Large umbrellas and large backpacks must be checked at the Museum Reception Desk.
  • Small backpacks may be brought into the Museum and Centennial Cottage if they are carried on your front or side.
  • Bicycles, folding bicycles, sporting equipment, strollers, and luggage of any size are not permitted in the Museum or Centennial Cottage and will not be accepted at the Reception Desk.
  • Masks and costumes are not permitted.
  • Water in plastic bottles may be brought into the Museum and Centennial Cottage.
  • Outside food or drink is not allowed and may not be checked at the Reception Desk.
  • Smoking and electronic cigarettes are not allowed in the Museum, Centennial Cottage, or near the entrances.
  • The Museum operates closed circuit video monitoring for the safety of the collections, exhibitions, and the public.
  • Weapons, firearms, and hazardous materials of any type pose a potential threat to the safety and security of our visitors, staff, and volunteers and are strictly prohibited at all times inside the Museum and Centennial Cottage.
  • HSOG visitors may be photographed, videotaped, or otherwise recorded. By attending, you grant the Museum and Centennial Cottage permission to use photographs and/or audiovisual recordings in which you appear for archival, documentary, publicity, advertising, or other purposes.

Admission to the Museum and Centennial Cottage

  • All visitors are subject to the Museum’s admission policies for individuals, members, and groups.
  • Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times.
  • Advance reservations are required for all adult and student groups of ten or more and for any third-party guided tour, regardless of size.
  • Membership benefits may not be refunded, resold, exchanged, or transferred (except where stated).

While in the Museum and Centennial Cottage

We want everyone to enjoy their time in the Museum and Centennial Cottage. To create the best environment, we need your cooperation with the following:

  • The artifacts, archives, and library are here for you to study, admire, and explore.
  • Please do not touch artifacts, artwork, frames, bases, or anything used to protect objects.
  • Only pencils are allowed for sketching or note-taking in the Museum and Centennial Cottage.
  • HSOG staff lecturing in the Museum and Centennial Cottage have priority. Please yield to HSOG tours and programs.
  • All individuals who lecture in the Museum and Centennial Cottage must have a lecture badge. A lecture badge can only be obtained by making an advance group reservation.
  • Unless otherwise indicated, you may take photographs for personal use. The use of flash, video, and selfie sticks is prohibited.

Our Museum and Centennial Cottage are for discovering something new and sharing an experience with family or friends.  We ask that visitors refrain from disorderly or disruptive conduct that interferes with or distracts from other visitors’ enjoyment of the Museum and Centennial Cottage.

  • Conduct that poses any risk to other visitors or to the Museum’s staff or collections is prohibited.
  • Running, rough play, and disruptive behavior are prohibited.
  • Please keep voices low and be mindful of others. Mobile devices should be set on vibrate or silent.
  • Please be mindful of keeping doorways and hallways accessible to other visitors.
  • The unauthorized playing of music and video, unauthorized theater performances, and sound amplification and noise makers are prohibited in the Museum and Centennial Cottage (except for assistive listening devices for visitors with disabilities).
  • Charitable solicitations, leafleting, signature gathering, picketing, and press conferences by visitors are prohibited.

Staff and Volunteers at Your Service

The HSOG’s expert team of dedicated staff and volunteers is here to help you. So they can provide you with great service, remember that:

  • Verbally abusive, harassing, discriminatory, or threatening statements or behavior toward HSOG staff, volunteers, or other visitors are prohibited.
  • The principles of diversity, inclusion, and equal access apply to all aspects of the HSOG’s operations, across all categories of individuals. See Accessibility for visitors with disabilities.
  • Please follow the instructions of HSOG staff.

The HSOG reserves the right to refuse or revoke the admission of any visitor whose conduct violates these guidelines.

The HSOG is committed to facilitating accessibility and usability, where possible, for all people with disabilities in its buildings, gardens, and website.

Buildings and Gardens

The HSOG Museum is accessible to manual and electric wheelchair users, people using manually powered mobility aids (e.g. walkers, canes, crutches, braces), and visitors who need to avoid stairs. The Museum is not accessible to mobility scooters or electronic personal assistance mobility devices (EPAMDs, e.g. Segway® PT) because of constricted aisles.

The HSOG Centennial Cottage is not accessible to wheelchairs, mobility scooters, EPAMDs or manually powered mobility aids. However, people using manually powered mobility aids may enjoy the surrounding Centennial Cottage Garden, and the Founders Park Fountain.

For people who cannot walk in or around the Museum or Centennial Cottage, you may request an HSOG iPad with a speaker that provides a virtual tour of each.

Americans with Disabilities (ADA) compliant public restrooms are located a block north of the Museum in the Youth Temple. The Museum and Centennial Cottage do not have public restrooms.

Website

The HSOG strives to make its website, OceanGroveHistory.org, its content, and functions accessible to those with disabilities and ADA compliant. If you have questions or feedback about the accessibility of OceanGroveHistory.org, or any particular HSOG web page, please contact us at Info@OceanGroveHistory.org.

Information

For additional information or if you have questions, need assistance, or require an accommodation not mentioned above, please contact the HSOG at Info@OceanGroveHistory.org or 732-774-1869.