Throughout the year, the Carroll Gallery is home to changing exhibits that bring Cape May history to life. Visit scenes from the Victorian era or explore Cape May’s African American heritage; reminisce on years past or become a kid again when the Gallery turns into a holiday wonderland.

The Carroll Gallery is located in the Carriage House, on the grounds of the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St. The building is the first one on the left hand side as you come in the driveway. The Carriage House is also home to Vintage restaurant, and our Carriage House Museum Shop.

Admission to the gallery is free.

The Carroll Gallery is fully accessible.


Open Daily: April 12, 2024 – November 3, 2024

black and white horse drawn ice cream cart
Photo Credit: Detroit Publishing Company/Courtesy of Bassett’s of Philadelphia
Shown here, Circa 1908, Delaware Avenue at Market Street. This Bassett’s Ice Cream carriage would have been collecting ingredients to bring back to the Reading Terminal Market.

At the beginning of the 1800s, ice cream was an elite and expensive dish in flavors like Parmigiano and asparagus. By the end of the 1800s, ice cream was adored by everyone in flavors like vanilla, chocolate and strawberry. Some of our favorite dishes, like the ice cream cone, the ice cream sundae and the banana split are Victorian inventions. This exhibit celebrates summer’s favorite treat. See an authentic 1898 ice cream maker and other artifacts, and a reproduction Victorian ice cream wagon. Discover the diverse innovators and pioneers of ice cream, and the development of the ice cream scoop and commercial ice cream freezer, including Augustus Jackson, Nancy Johnson, Bassett’s of Philadelphia, and more.

Free admission.

Sundae Social

Sunday, July 21 from 2pm – 5pm

NATIONAL ICE CREAM DAY SUNDAE SOCIAL: In 1984, President Reagan designated the third Sunday in July as National Ice Cream Day! Most ice cream companies are family-owned and have been in operation for more than 50 years. Celebrate this classic American treat with friends and family on the beautiful grounds of the Emlen Physick Estate and cool off under the estate’s shade trees. Kids can play yard games and Fine Fellows Creamery will offer Bassetts Ice Cream for sale. Explore the Cape May County Bookmobile and meet Ben Ridings and Steven Olszewski, author and illustrator of Cape May MAC’s delightful children’s books about Dr. Emlen Physick and his dogs.  Bring canned food for the Cape May Community Food Closet. Well-behaved pets are welcome! Don’t miss seeing the free Carroll Gallery exhibit, “We All Scream for Ice Cream: The History of Summer’s Favorite Treat” open through Nov. 3.

fine fellow ice cream logo Ice cream by Fine Fellows Creamery, proudly serving Bassett’s ice cream.

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The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) was born in 1970 when a small band of passionate volunteers committed themselves to save the Emlen Physick Estate from demolition. In the 50 years since, the organization has grown to become a leading interpreter of Cape May history, culture and the arts. This landmark exhibit will highlight the organization’s history and its contribution to the preservation of historic Cape May, telling the story of an organization that has helped Cape May not only survive, but thrive.

Enjoy highlights of this exhibit through video episodes hosted by Cape May MAC President Tom Carroll.