BACKGROUND: What better way to add to your time at the New Jersey shore than to explore some of the history associated with the ships and men who have sailed the waters off our coast.

The museum features exhibits about some of the worst maritime disasters off the coast of New Jersey - such as the Morro Castle and the wreck of an offshore radar platform built during the Cold War. There are also artifacts, a lending library and research area.

INSIDER INFO: The museum also regularly hosts presentations on local shipwrecks and coastal history. And visitors can take advantage of a computerized database of more than 6,400 New Jersey shipwrecks and disasters.

WHERE: The museum is located at Dock Road and West Avenue in Beach Haven.,+beach+haven+nj&fb=1&gl=us&hq=museum+of+new+jersey+maritime+history,&hnear=beach+haven+nj&cid=0,0,5685065210637130398&ei=5OLhS6yyMYbe8QSElfGJAw&ved=0CBgQnwIwAA&ll=39.567274,-74.244254&spn=0.007626,0.011673&z=16&iwloc=A" target="_blank">CLICK HERE FOR DIRECTIONS.

HOURS AND COST: The museum charges no admission fee and is open daily. Summer hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. The museum is open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in June and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays September through May. Call 609-492-0202 for more info.