BACKGROUND: The Museum on Garden Pier honors the history of Atlantic City with artifacts, costumes, posters, postcards and, of course, Miss America memorabilia.

The permanent exhibit that focuses on the city's years of beachside fun is titled "Atlantic City: Playground of the Nation." Mr. Peanut, who once roamed the boardwalk greeting tourists, now greets museum patrons as they enter. The Al Gold Photography Gallery rotates exhibits focusing on the city's culture. The museum is located on Garden Pier at New Jersey Avenue and the Boardwalk. After visiting the museum, make sure to step across to the other side of the pier and visit the Atlantic City Arts Center. Admission and parking are free.

WHERE: The lot is located at the end of New Jersey Avenue. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=%22ATLANTIC+CITY+HISTORICAL+MUSEUM%22&sll=39.357794,-74.437866&sspn=0.097423,0.144367&ie=UTF8&hq=%22ATLANTIC+CITY+HISTORICAL+MUSEUM%22&hnear=&ll=39.357662,-74.437866&spn=0.188209,0.288734&z=12&iwloc=A" target="_blank">CLICK HERE FOR DIRECTIONS.

HOURS AND COST: The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Free. Call (609) 347-5839.