Ocean County Museums and Culture

    Insectropolis Bug Museum
  1761 Route 9 - Toms River, NJ           
Insectropolis is a fun and unique insect learning center that dazzles visitors of all ages. There is plenty to see and do here! Set within the architecture of a bug-themed city, our creative displays entertain guests as they learn about these fascinating creatures.
    Ocean County Historical Society Museum
  26 Hadley Ave - Toms River, NJ           
The Ocean County Historical Society Museum and Research Center was built in several stages, beginning in 1820. The final phase of construction was the Research Center, completed in 1990. The museum is dedicated to the mission of the Society founders: Telling The Stories of Ocean County.
    Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen's Museum
  120 West Main Street - Tuckerton, NJ           
Tuckerton Seaport is a multifaceted site for entertainment, education, and maritime experience. Throughout your time visiting with us, you will see and have the opportunity to explore many unique things. Please note that the Seaport is now a participant in the Blue Star Museums Program which gives free admission to Active Military Service personnel and 4 members of their family.
Tuckerton Seaport, mission is to preserve, present and interpret the rich maritime history, artistry, heritage and environment of the Jersey shore and the unique contributions of its baymen.
    New Jersey Museum of Boating
  Johnson Brothers Boat Works - Bldg. 12 - Point Pleasant, NJ           
The New Jersey Museum of Boating is open 7 days a week, 365 days per year, and offers free guided and self-guided tours of a robust collection of maritime arts and artifacts celebrating New Jersey’s boating history. NJMB welcomes the general public, but especially youth of middle and high school ages, and all boating and New Jersey history enthusiasts. Currently housed at the historic Johnson Brothers Boat Works in Point Pleasant, the museum uses just about every inch of its 2000 square feet of space.
    Toms River Seaport Society & Maritime Museum, Toms River
  78 East Water Street - Toms RIver, NJ           
The Toms River Seaport Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of the rich maritime heritage of the Barnegat Bay in New Jersey, founded in 1976 to preserve where possible and recreate, when necessary, the unique history of those bygone days when schooners, catboats and special purpose small craft sailed New Jersey's coastal waters.
    Colonel Charles Waterhouse Historical Museum, Toms River
  17 Washington Street - Toms RIver, NJ           
The Waterhouse Museum is dedicated to the work of life-long New Jersey resident, Charles Waterhouse, who combines the experiences of WWII Marine, historian, combat artist, painter, illustrator, author, and sculptor to masterfully create and powerfully reflect the blood, sweat, and tears of the sacrifices and heroic measures undertaken throughout history to preserve our nation’s fundamental freedoms. The Waterhouse Museum now hosts some four hundred pieces of original artwork, the largest “on display” collection of Waterhouse’s works in the United States. It remains steadfast in its purpose to preserve, perpetuate, and display this lifetime body of historical artwork as a visual and experiential endowment to the American public.
The Museum was founded in June 1999, and first opened its doors to the public on January 6, 2000.
    Barnegat Light Historical Society and Museum
  501 Central Ave. - Barnegat Light, NJ           
The Barnegat Light Historical Society (BLHS) operates and maintains the Barnegat Light Museum (above) and organizes and promotes events to further the awareness of the history of Barnegat Light and Long Beach Island.
The Museum Gardens are open all year and the museum is open June through October on weekends from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and July & August, daily from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Tuesday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. Tours are available by appointment. B.L.H.S. meetings are held the second Thursday of the month . New members are always welcome.