Featured Events


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May 25 – June 22, 2023

The 2023 Cape May Music Festival line-up is announced, bringing 15 live performances to Cape May from the end of May through the end of June, 2023. The Cape May Music Festival will kick-off with a debut concert by Okorie Johnson. Performing under the moniker of OkCello, he will integrate cello performance, sound-looping and storytelling, culminating in original compositions that mix classical with jazz, EDM, reggae and funk. Included among the returning favorite performances are the popular George Mesterhazy Tribute Concert, The Bay Atlantic Symphony, The New York Chamber Ensemble and The New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Chamber Players.


Private home garden

Here is your invitation to explore Cape May’s unique natural areas and the private plants, blooms and landscape designs of area gardeners. See both public and private gardens and take home ideas for your own garden. Smell and see what’s blooming and flourishing in several different seashore locations dominated by sunlight, ocean breezes, and sand and salt, each uniquely situated. Cape May’s Emlen Physick Estate gardens are included, the grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate will host nature and garden-themed local vendors, plus a complimentary wine tasting by Cape May Winery.


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Experience an unusual tour in Cape May MAC’s 1879 Emlen Physick House. In the Voices from Beyond Tour, you will hear actual spirit voices captured by Cape May MAC staff over the past 10 years. View historical photos of the Physick family and their staff alongside photos of apparitions seen inside the house. Learn about the equipment and tools used throughout history in paranormal research. Who could these voices belong to and what is keeping them connected to the Physick House Museum? Draw your own conclusions on this new and exciting paranormal tour.


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Victorians were fascinated with mystery and illusion and this tour through select rooms in the 1879 Physick House Museum shares that fascination. Learn about the famous Harry Houdini who captivated Victorian audiences with his intricate escapes, the Goddess of Mystery, Ionia, a Belgian beauty who Victorians worshipped for her spectacles of magic, The Great Lafayette, who became known as the world’s greatest magician, and Pepper’s Ghost, an illusion still used today, with Sherlock Holmes, Jack the Ripper and more.


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Cape May’s Poet Laureate Sylvia Baer hosts four introductory poetry workshops at Vintage Restaurant on the grounds of the Physick Estate this July that explore the themes of Water, Sand, Sky and Family. These workshops are for anyone interested in poetry at any level of knowledge and experience. Participants will learn about the craft and write their own verse during each workshop. Sharing work is a personal choice and will not be required. After each session there will be time for discussion with light refreshments included.


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Whaling, wartime and wild weather. The remarkable maritime history of our seaside town has long defined the Cape May story. Board the trolley and rediscover the important places and natural phenomena that have shaped, literally and figuratively, the Cape May we know today. The trolley then stops at Fisherman’s Wharf for an up-close walking tour about Cape May’s commercial fishing industry on the docks at The Lobster House. Tour begins and ends at Washington Street Mall Information Booth. Tour is not accessible.

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Cape May MAC (Museums+Arts+Culture), as a nonprofit cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and cultural enrichment of the greater Cape May region for its residents and visitors, proudly joins the chorus of voices decrying racism, prejudice, discrimination and injustice, in all its forms, in every corner of our nation.  As the steward of three historic sites and the storyteller of more than 200 years of area history, Cape May MAC is well aware that, “Those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it.” We will continue to strive to serve a broad and diverse community, to illuminate all the threads with which the fabric of history is written, seek out all voices, and include and encourage full participation.