The Atlantic City Historical Museum PDF Print E-mail

Visit the Atlantic City Historical Museum to learn more about the rich history and heritage of this one-of-a-kind seaside resort. The Atlantic City Historical Museum is presented by the Atlantic City Free Public Library, a service of the City of Atlantic City. Learn more about the Musuem's offerings below.

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The Atlantic City Historical Museum, located on Garden Pier.

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The Atlantic City Historical Museum is located:
(609) 347-5839

Parking is available in nearby casino lots, or in marked areas on New Jersey Avenue. The closest casinos are Revel Entertainment and Showboat Casino.

Museum Schedule:
7 days a week, 10AM to 5PM

Please note the Museum will be closed on these holidays:
New Year's Day
Election Day
Thanksgiving
Christmas Eve
Christmas Day
 
Cost:

The Museum is free. Donations are accepted and appreciated.
 
Rules:
 
Please help us protect our Atlantic City heritage by observing the following:
  • Visitors must wear shoes.
  • Smoking is prohibited.
  • Food, drinks and gum are not allowed in the exhibit areas.
  • Please do not touch the items on exhibit.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Photography and video are not permitted in the exhibits.
  • Only service animals allowed.
  • Be considerate of other visitors.
You may also download and read the full "Policy Governing Visitors to the Atlantic City Historical Museum".

Programs


Programs are regularly held on the first Friday of each month at 1pm and on the Second Saturday of each month at 11am.

December 13, 2014 @ 11 am - Second Saturday Speaker Series: Trains at the Shore

Speaker Tony Marino will share photographs and stories in a virtual ride along the railroads.

 

 

December 5, 2014 @ 1pm - Flashback Friday: Share and Tell

Bring your family history research questions or objects you want to learn to preserve. We will take turns sharing and learning from each other.

November 8, 2014  - Second Saturday Speaker Series: Ceramics, Saucers and Sundries: Atlantic City Souvenirs

Join museum coordinator, Beth Ryan, as she discusses some of the museum's souvenirs.

 

November 7, 2014  - Flashback Friday: Atlantic City Veterans

Join us in commemorating Atlantic City's military history and our local veterans.

 

Saturday, October 11, 2014 - Second Saturdsay Speaker Series: Storytime on the Garden Pier

ACFPL Children's Librarian Maureen Moffit will regale children of all ages with Atlantic City-related stories.

Friday, October 3, 2014 - Flashback Friday: Abby's Ghosts

Jean Muchanic, Executive Director of Absecon Lighthouse, will talk about the oldest manmade structure on Absecon Island, including the legends and stories of Absecon Lighthouse.

Saturday, September 13 - Second Saturday Speaker Series: Miss America in the Roaring '20s

On the same day as the famous Miss America Parade, join us earlier in the day to learn more about the start of the Miss America Pageant in the 1920s.

Friday, September 5, 2014 - Flashback Friday: Guided Tour of Atlantic City Historical Museum

Saturday, August 9, 2014 - Summer of 1964: The Atlantic City Experience

Join us at 11AM for an entertaining and interesting panel discussion of the events of the Summer of 1964. Panelists will be:
- Tom Wilk, the Beatles concert
- Frank Ferry, the Democratic National Convention
- Ralph Hunter, the Democratic National Convention and the Mississippi Democratic Freedom Party

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - Summer Reading Program: Our Marine Mammals and Sea Turtles

Discover what makes a marine mammal different from a fish, which types of marine mammals and sea turtles come to New Jersey, and the dangers they face while they are here.  Learn how and why the Marine Mammal Stranding Center helps our marine friends. All ages.

Friday, August 1, 2014 - Flashback Friday: Music of Atlantic City

A fun and entertaining presentation of songs about and from Atlantic City.

Oct. 13, 2012 - Atlantic City Experience: The Roaring '20s

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Vicki Gold Levi and Heather Perez, historical consultants for HBO's smash-hit series "Boardwalk Empire," were the guest speakers. Levi, co-author of “Atlantic City, 125 Years of Ocean Madness,” discussed the culture of the 1920s, including the music, movies and clothing. Also, Levi shared stories about her father, Al Gold, the city’s first official photographer, and personal experiences.
Perez, who is the archivist for the library’s Atlantic City Heritage Collections of Atlantic City history, discussed some of the city’s biggest names, including Enoch “Nucky” Johnson. She also touched on a variety of highlights from the decade, such as the construction of the World War I Memorial and Convention Hall.
Watch the two-part video of Perez and Levi speaking at the program. Also, read The Press of Atlantic City and Atlantic City Weekly previews.

Current Exhibits

Permanent Exhibit - "Atlantic City, Playground of the Nation" guides visitors through Atlantic City's unique and storied history. Stroll along the Boardwalk to see artifacts, costumes, souvenirs and more tell the tale of Atlantic City.

Al Gold Photography Gallery Exhibit - The current exhibit is "Atlantic City Sports: Devotion and Determination."

Gail Stern Exhibit - The current exhibit is "Summer of 1964: The Atlantic City Experience."

Temporary Exhibit (August 1 - 17, 2014) - "The 1910 Atlantic City Air Show."

Documentary Movie - Have a seat and watch the documentary, "Boardwalk Ballyhoo," a 35-minute film shown continuously in the Museum's main gallery.

 

The Atlantic City Experience was produced and is managed by The Atlantic City Free Public Library, a service of the City of Atlantic City.

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