Visit the Emlen Physick Estate

Cape May’s only Victorian House Museum

Take a guided tour of the first and second floors of the 1879 Physick House Museum, for an in-depth look at Victorian architecture and the period, reflecting one Victorian family’s lifestyle, and detailing the way the Physick family and their household lived, worked and spent their leisure time. Built in 1879, the 18-room mansion is an architectural wonder built by famed American architect Frank Furness and is one of the best examples of Victorian Stick Style architecture in the country. In 2020-21 the tour them “This Old House” focuses on the Physick House and the organization, Cape May MAC, that lovingly restored it 50 years ago and continues to do so today.

The first floor of the Physick House Museum is fully accessible. Free on-site parking/RV-friendly

$20 adults,
$15 children (ages 3 to 12)
25% off for members – Find-out more!

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EMLEN PHYSICK ESTATE TOUR

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Take a guided tour of the first and second floors of the 1879 Physick House Museum, for an in-depth look at Victorian architecture and the period, reflecting one Victorian family’s lifestyle, and detailing the way the Physick family and their household lived, worked and spent their leisure time. Built in 1879, the 18-room mansion is an architectural wonder built by famed American architect Frank Furness and is one of the best examples of Victorian Stick Style architecture in the country. In 2022-23 the tour them “Meet the Staff” focuses on the Physick House staff. Like many upper-class families of the era, Dr. Physick hired numerous local people to work at his estate. Learn about the staff, their duties, and their importance to the Physick family and the community.

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PHANTOMS OF THE PHYSICK ESTATE

“THE SPELLBOUND SISTERS”

Ever since three strange sisters moved into the Physick estate, Cape May has not been the same. Rumors say that these women might be using dark magic.

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COMBINATION TROLLEY/PHYSICK ESTATE TOUR

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This immersive, 2-hour tour experience combines a guided tour by trolley of Cape May’s Historic District with a guided tour of the Physick House Museum, providing an in-depth look into Cape May history and architecture. The tour includes a visit to the Carriage House Carroll Gallery Exhibit and begins and ends at the Ocean Street Trolley stop.

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PHYSICK ESTATE
CHILDRENS TOUR

A class of grade school kids are touring the Emlen Physick Estate.

Youngsters will see what life was like more than 100 years ago on this half-hour guided tour of Cape May’s only Victorian House Museum, geared especially for 5-10 year-olds.

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CARROLL GALLERY EXHIBIT

The Victorian Toolbox:

Necessities, Curiosities, Frivolities

Open May 27 through October 31, 2022

See this exhibit of the tools that Dr. Physick and his staff would have used on the estate in the 19th and early 20th century, along with some of the luxury items the family used. Learn about the realities of working life for those who worked here to earn their living. Free admission. Open daily

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PHYSICK ESTATE SCAVENGER HUNT

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Have an adventure the whole family will enjoy at the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate! Use our map to explore the grounds and find answers to questions about the estate in this educational scavenger hunt. Available daily at the Hill House office or the Carriage House Visitors Center at the Physick Estate. Includes map and clues.

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VIRTUAL TOUR

We are excited to share with you our first ever virtual tour of the Emlen Physick Estate! This is an abbreviated version of our normal 45 minute guided tour. We hope you enjoy it and learn something new. We look forward to you visiting our museum soon!

If you enjoy this virtual tour, please consider making a donation to our organization below.

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STORY STOPS AT THE PHYSICK ESTATE

a photo of a Cape May MAC Story Stop fixture used by self-guided tour goers.

Look for various story stops on the grounds and listen to first-hand accounts of life at the Physick Estate during Victorian days in Cape May.

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