Emlen Physick Estate

The entrance hall of the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate in Cape May.

TOURS

 A tour of the 15 beautifully restored rooms gives you a glimpse into the lifestyle of this Victorian-era Cape May family. Physick Estate Tours take approximately 45 minutes and end with a visit to the 1876 Carriage House where you can see the current exhibit in the Carroll Gallery.

Tickets $15 adults,  

$8 children (ages 3 to 12)

& Veterans
Active Military FREE! (Military tickets not available online)

 

SELF-GUIDED TOURS

(Select times & dates only; click below for availability)


In addition to our guided tours, self-guided tours of the Physick Estate Museum are now available.  This experience allows you to spend as much time as you like, and linger at will, in the museum rooms where interpretive staff and volunteers will be available to answer your questions and discuss Victorian life.  In addition, expect to meet a member of the Physick family, or one of their domestic staff, as you wander through Dr. Physick’s home. Tour also included admission to the current exhibit in the Carriage House's Carroll Gallery.   Last admission is at 3:45pm; the museum closes at 4:15pm.

Tickets $15 adults,  

$8 children (ages 3 to 12)

& Veterans

Active Military FREE! (Military tickets not available online)

SELF-GUIDED AUDIO TOUR

(Select times & dates only; click below for availability)

Available in English & Spanish
Plug into history with our new audio tour, using your own mobile device. Simply access the tour using our free wi-fi, and listen to an in-depth version of the self-guided tour, with information about the home, the Physick family and the Victorian lifestyle. Access to the Audio Tour is absolutely free; login information comes with your tour ticket. Forgot your earbuds? We have them available at the Carriage House Visitors’ Center for just $1.

Tickets $15 adults,  

$8 children (ages 3 to 12)

& Veterans

Active Military FREE! (Military tickets not available online)

Welcome to the Emlen Physick Estate, Cape May, New Jersey's only Victorian house museum

1048 WASHINGTON ST.

A visit to the Physick Estate today offers a look back at our Victorian past as evidenced by its architecture, decorative arts, customs, and the lives of one particular Cape May family, the Physicks. Emlen Physick Jr., his widowed mother, Frances Ralston, and his maiden aunt Emilie Parmentier moved into their home when it was completed in 1879.

Emlen, who never married, was descended from a famous and wealthy Philadelphia  family. His grandfather, Dr. Philip Syng Physick, was considered the father of American surgery and invented numerous surgical procedures and medical instruments that are still in use today.

 

While he did graduate from medical school, Emlen never practiced medicine. In Cape May,   he led the life of a gentleman farmer, owning two tenant farms and keeping livestock on his estate on Washington Street.  He bought and sold a great deal of real estate in Cape May, and took an active interest in local doings by voicing his opinions at city council meetings.

The Physicks' distinctive home illustrates their changing tastes as well as the particulars of the Victorian lifestyle in Cape May.

 

The first floor of the Physick House Museum is fully accessible. Free on-site parking/RV-friendly

Current House Tour Theme:

What’s For Dinner?

Victorian Food and Foodways

Did you know that celery was a hugely popular and pricey treat for many Americans in the late 19th century? Or that Cracker Jack was America’s first mass-marketed junk food at the turn of the century? Join us for a guided tour of the Physick House Museum as we explore some of the many ways Victorians shaped our modern cuisine and left indelible marks on the foods we enjoy today.

A Day in the Life

with Dr. Physick

 

Offered select dates & times

A descendent of an illustrious Philadelphia family, Dr. Emlen Physick lived in Cape May as a Victorian gentleman with his mother and maiden aunt, from 1879 until his death in 1916. Join Dr. Physick on a tour of his home, the magnificent 1879 Emlen Physick Estate -- the grandest Victorian home of its day --  and listen to stories of his life and times in Victorian Cape May. Learn about the house and the family who lived there, from Dr. Physick, himself. $15 adults, $8 (children ages 3-12).

Adults $15; children $8

Won’t you join our labor of love? Your donation today will help us maintain the Emlen Physick Estate so it can be enjoyed by  generations to come