EDUCATIONAL OUTREACH: FIELD TRIPS

For specific information and to schedule outreach programs, contact:
Director of Museum Education 
Melissa Palmer
609-224-6032 or mpalmer@capemaymac.org

 

To schedule a field trip, contact Sandi Adams:
609-224-6043  or sadams@capemaymac.org

MAC's Historic Sites 

And Tours Are Your

Educational Resource

Let your students live a little history & nothing brings it to life like an up close and personal visit. From Victorian architecture and lifestyles to an exploration of Cape May s maritime heritage to its role in homeland defense during World War II, your students will take local history to heart with a visit to Cape May.

Minimum Expense for Maximum Education
MAC's high quality educational programs are available at no or low cost to local schools.  A detailed price list is available.

 

Boat Tours

MAC offers a variety of historical and ecological boat tours, including Around Cape Island, a two-hour sightseeing cruise providing a view of Cape May's majestic Victorian architecture from the sea as well as tales of local heroes, legends and history. This is ideally paired with MAC’s classroom program, Cape May’s Maritime Heritage: Captain Mey to Today.

  

Trolley Tours

Trolley Tours are a convenient  and entertaining way to get an overview of Cape May area history.  

 

  • Historic District Trolley Tour: Get acquainted with Cape May on a trolley tour as knowledgeable guides present entertaining and educational stories about the nation’s oldest seashore resort as you ride through the streets of the town's Historic District. This is ideally paired with the Victorian Architecture classroom presentation.

  • Mansions by the Sea Trolley Tour: This tour features a century of beachfront development, from Victorian cottages of the 1870s through the most up-to-date of today’s housing. It includes some of the most magnificent structures ever erected in Cape May. 

  • Cape May in World War II Trolley Tour: Designed to complement the classroom program on the same topic, this tour to Fort Miles, a coastal defense installation including Battery 223 and two of its Fire Control Towers, Naval Air Station Wildwood, Naval Air Station Cape May (now a U.S. Coast Guard Base) and several other sites will help you relive this exciting era in the history of the area and nation. This is ideally paired with the Cape May and World War II classroom presentation.

  • Doo Wop Trolley Tour: A narrated tour through the Doo Wop sections of the Wildwoods, which contain one of the nation's best collections of buildings in this unique style. Emphasis on the lifestyle and architecture of the era. This is ideally paired with the Wildwood and the Doo Wop Era classroom presentation.

  • Underground Railroad Trolley Tour: Climb aboard our newest trolley tour to hear true tales of Cape May’s connection to the Underground Railroad. Hear how enslaved people in Maryland, Delaware and Virginia braved strong currents and stormy seas to free themselves, guided by the beacon of the Cape May Lighthouse. Hear why the legendary Harriet Tubman walked these streets before her freedom runs to the Eastern Shore. See the summer refuge of the formerly enslaved Stephen Smith, one of America’s wealthiest businessmen whose railroad cars ferried hundreds to freedom. ​ This is ideally paired with the Underground Railroad classroom presentation.

  

Walking Tours

For history up close and personal, nothing beats a walking tour. A number of different tours are available.

  • Historic District Walking Tour: This tour gives students a perspective on life in the Victorian era and helps them learn about and understand their heritage and built environment. Tour takes approximately 1½ hours.

  • Architectural Walking Tour: This tour focuses on the major elements of Victorian architectural style and lasts about 60 minutes.

  • Fisherman’s Wharf Tour: Students tour the Lobster House dock and fish packing plant, for a glimpse into today’s commercial fishing industry. Tour lasts about 45 minutes.

 Schedule a classroom or assembly program to prepare your students for their Cape May Walking Tour. Several programs correlate with these Walking Tours. For information, contact: Museum Education Director Melissa Palmer: 609-224-6032, mpalmer@capemaymac.org 

 

Emlen Physick Estate

Give your students a "kids' eye" view of the Victorian era during an interactive tour of the Emlen Physick Estate, Cape May's only Victorian house museum. Built in 1879, this Stick Style mansion was designed by renowned Victorian architect Frank Furness, and is furnished to reflect daily life in a turn-of-the-century household. Your students can explore both the world of luxury and leisure and the working world of servants who made it all possible. Changing seasonal exhibits in the period rooms provide your students with a glimpse of the daily life experienced by Victorian Americans. Each tour takes approximately 30-45 minutes, depending on the students' attention span. Teacher resource kits with classroom activities are available. A museum shop offering a treasure trove of books, including resource and reference materials, and related Victoriana is housed in the Physick Estate's Carriage House.

 

The following classroom/assembly programs can help prepare your students for their visit to the Emlen Physick Estate:

  • Introduction to Victorian Life

  • Victorian Architecture

  • Victorian Etiquette and Manners

  • Victorian Homes & Interiors

  • Victorian Consuming Passions

  • The Impact of the Industrial Revolution

  • Tea, More Than Just a Beverage

  • A Visit with Dr. Physick

  • Meet the Physick Family

  • Music of the Victorian Era

  • Victorian Recreations

  • Victorian Spiritualism

  • Henry Washington Sawyer, Cape May's Civil War Hero

  • Cape May on Fire

  • Victorian School Days

Admission to the Emlen Physick Estate is free for all Cape May County school groups!

 

Cape May Lighthouse

Since 1859, the Cape May Lighthouse (in Cape May Point State Park) has been a beacon to mariners and visitors alike. Come see the Lighthouse's recently restored lantern and tower. Your students can climb the 199 stairs to the watch room gallery (just below the lantern itself). In addition to the panoramic view, they can learn about the life and duties of a lighthouse keeper. Your Lighthouse visit takes approximately 30 minutes.

 

Schedule  The Beacon Program  for your classroom or assembly to prepare your students for their visit to the Lighthouse. This classroom presentation can be customized to include lighthouses in your area.

 

Adjacent to the Lighthouse tower is the Oil House, which contains a fully-accessible visitors' orientation center and a museum shop with souvenirs, books, videos, and other maritime-related items and resource material.

Admission to the Cape May Lighthouse is free for all Cape May County school groups!

 

World War II Lookout Tower

Fire Control Tower No. 23 is New Jersey’s last remaining World War II tower, part of the immense Harbor Defense of the Delaware system known as Fort Miles. Built in 1942, the tower was one of 15 towers that helped aim batteries of coastal artillery, stretching from North Wildwood, N.J. to Bethany Beach, DE. Four were in Cape May County, N.J.—the towers located in North Wildwood and Wildwood Crest were torn down and a third tower is located inside Cape May’s Grand Hotel, Beach and Philadelphia avenues. Fire Control Tower No. 23 is on land now part of the Cape May Point State Park. The tower was listed on the New Jersey Register of Historic Places on May 29, 2003 and on the National Register on Nov. 17, 2003. Through a visit to the tower, your students can learn about Cape May largely unknown role in World War II. MAC’s Cape May in World War II Power-point program is a perfect preparation before the visit.

Admission to the Cape May Lighthouse is free for all Cape May County school groups!

 

 

Carriage House Cafe & Tearoom

Add a traditional tea luncheon at the Carriage House Café & Tearoom to your field trip to Cape May, to expand your students' Victorian experience and put the Victorian era in context for them. A tea luncheon can easily be combined with a guided tour of the Emlen Physick Estate or a Trolley Tour of Cape May's Historic District. The experience can be further enhanced by an "Etiquette and Manners" or "Tea and Temperance" living history program during the luncheon. Make the most of your day in Cape May! ! The Carriage House Café & Tearoom operates from late April through the end of October.