Transforming Cape May into a vibrant cultural destination

Cape May MAC (Museums+Arts+Culture)

Cape May MAC (Museums+Arts+Culture), formerly Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities, was founded in 1970. It has transformed this quiet coastal town into a vibrant cultural destination.

Guests are welcomed at the adorable structure on Washington Square Mall by friendly Visitor Service Associates ready to tell visitors about the town’s tours and activities. Visitors can also purchase tickets for trolley, historic house and walking tours.

The Physick House Museum

Learn about the history of Cape May’s only Victorian house museum on this entertaining guided tour. Designed by Frank Furness, it is considered one of the best examples of Stick Style architecture.

Tours focus on the home’s history and its furnishings, such as ornate wallpaper and richly patterned rugs, plus the home’s many taxidermied creations. Visitors can also see how electricity replaced gas lamps.

Hear actual spirit voices captured by staff in the 1879 Physick Estate on the Voices from Beyond Tour. The Carriage House also carries a wide selection of local subjects via Arcadia Publishing.

The Cape May Lighthouse

The lighthouse is a landmark for visitors and residents alike, and also serves as a vital aid to navigation. The 157-foot structure stands on the south tip of the Cape May peninsula, where the Atlantic Ocean meets Delaware Bay.

The current tower was built in 1859 and succeeded two previous lighthouses lost to erosion. Guests who climb its 199 steps are rewarded with a spectacular view of the surrounding Cape May Point State Park Natural Area, which contains many pond, coastal dune and marsh habitats that support northern and southern species of flora and fauna.

This charming building on Washington Street Mall houses Cape May MAC visitor service associates ready to tell you what’s happening in town and help you choose tours, activities and events. It’s also the starting point for trolley tours.

Outdoor Festivals

Throughout the year, Cape May MAC (Museums+Arts+Culture) hosts fun outdoor events. From the annual Lima Bean Festival in West Cape May to a Bavarian Beer Garden, you’ll find plenty of ways to relax and enjoy the outdoors!

The Carroll Gallery in the Carriage House mounts unique exhibits that delve into local, Victorian and African American history. You can also learn about the local Underground Railroad during an informative trolley tour that tells the story of how anti-slavery activists like Harriet Tubman helped hundreds escape to freedom through Cape May.

Experience charming Cape May during this holiday walking tour that explores Victorian homes and front porches beautifully decorated for the holidays. This popular tour can be combined with brunch at Vintage on select tour dates!


Cape May MAC has an interesting array of year round cultural and family friendly activities. These include trolley and walking tours of the Historic District, a classical music festival, lectures, crafts shows and a variety of food events and festivals.

Board a trolley and listen to stories about baseball, tennis and golf on this tour of America’s First Seaside Resort. Hear how the games evolved and where audiences cheered on their favorites of yesteryear. This narrated trolley tour is co-sponsored by MAC and the award winning Equity professional East Lynne Theater Company.


Cape May’s many restaurants, located within historic structures, along quaint streets and on waterfront boardwalks, enhance its vacation getaway appeal. Some are known for their upscale atmosphere and cuisine while others are perfect for a family dinner or romantic evening with friends.

Founded in 1970, Cape May MAC operates the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate as a Victorian house museum with a Carroll Gallery and museum shop. The organization also maintains the 1st order 1859 Cape May Lighthouse, a maritime museum with a gift shop. It also produces a year round calendar of cultural and family-friendly events and trolley tours.

Family Fun

The area’s wide sand beach and plethora of outdoor activities make it ideal for families. Spend your days relaxing in the sun with a book or splashing in the waves.

MAC sponsors trolley, house and walking tours year round to teach visitors about the history of Cape May’s natural surroundings, historic buildings and Victorian lifestyle. They also host ghost tours, family treasure hunts, music festivals and craft shows.

Located in New Jersey, Cape May MAC has 140 employees and an average annual revenue of $4.0M. Employees stay with the company an average of 4.1 years.

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