Quick Visits
Published: Saturday, August 21, 2010
Gabrielle Esposito, 7, of Rochelle Park Township, Bergen County, views a scrapbook of costal storms at the Long Beach Island Historical Association Museum in Beach Haven.
Spend a rainy afternoon exploring LBI's history

The Long Beach Island Historical Associ-ation Museum is filled with old things for young people to appreciate. Located in Beach Haven's downtown, this former church is stuffed to the rafters with LBI artifacts.

The museum is like the Jersey shore's attic. The two rooms are filled with relics that stimulate memories or curiosity.

Among its treasures is a Native American canoe found on an LBI jetty. Several antique dolls and dollhouses share floor space with a re-created classroom, dusty tennis rackets and pinwheels. In the "Please Do Touch" section, children are invited to try puzzles, hold animal bones or model out-of-date, but not out-of-fashion, hats.

The second room displays a 10-foot-long whale jawbone. Nearby hangs the skeleton of a pilot whale. Old seafaring tools rest near the bones of sea creatures. Display captions are concise, but museum volunteers are happy to answer questions.

Dave Simpson

If you go

Location: Engleside and Beach avenues, Beach Haven. Call 609-492-0700.


Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, and 7 to

9 p.m. Wednesday

Cost: $3 donation requested

What moms want to know: Stroller friendly? Yes. Bathrooms? Yes. Food on site? No. Pack a lunch? Yes. Play area: "Please Do Touch" area.


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