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Welcome to the Ocean County Historical Society




house-1868-webWelcome to the web site of The Ocean County Historical Society, one of New Jersey’s outstanding historical societies. We’ve been a part of Ocean County, NJ, since 1950, and present on the internet since 2000. We’re happy to be using the World Wide Web to help keep the rich, proud history of Ocean County alive.

If you’d like to visit the museum, the hours of operation are Monday – Friday from 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM, and the first Saturday of each month from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.  General tours of the museum are available Tuesday and Thursday afternoons.  School tours and other group tours can be arranged by calling our office. Our Research Center is open every Tuesday and Wednesday and the first Saturday of each month from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Our web site will always be changing. Check back often. You’ll enjoy our site!


Coming soon…a new exhibition at Ocean County Historical Society – Celebrate Toms River: 250 Years! opens May 23, 2016.  The exhibition will feature photos, artifacts, and news articles about the history of Toms River Schools, churches, stores, fire departments, police departments, hospital and  more.  View the incredible changes that have taken place during 250 years and the people that made history here.

Arthur E. Stevens Jr. Art Exhibit – May 30th to September 8th.  More information is available by clicking here.

Spring Victorian Tea – Tuesday, May 2, 2017 @ 12:30 PM and 3:30 PM (two seatings). Reservations commence on April 3rd. More information is available by clicking here.

Happy 250th Birthday, Toms River! – Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 7:00 PM.  Learn about Toms River’s history with Official Township Historian, Mark Mutter. Free admission. Reservation information available here.

Manhattan, Here We Come! Visit the South Street Seaport and Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum – Thursday, June 29, 2017. Bus leaves 9:00 AM and returns 6:00 PM.  Reservation information available here.

OCHS Gift Shop right here on our web site! Click the Gift Shop button at left, or click here to begin shopping.

Did You Know… You can now join OCHS or renew your membership from our website. Click here or click the Membership button at left and join now!  New members even receive a free gift!

Did you know…  You can make a donation to OCHS from our website. Click here or click the Donate button at left to contribute to our annual appeal.  We’re grateful for your financial support.

OCHS is looking for Great Volunteers like you!  If you’d like to join our List of Volunteers, Click Here!

* ANNOUNCEMENT – Ocean County Historical Society is proud to announce our newest publication:  West Point Island—From a Sedge Island to the “Land of Health & Happiness” by author Brian Bovasso.  Price:  $20.  Come to the museum to purchase your copy for the holidays!

Ocean County Historical Society received funding this year from a grant administered by the Ocean County Cultural & Heritage Commission from funds granted by the New Jersey Historical Commission, a division of the Department of State.

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