VISIT THE EMLEN PHYSICK ESTATE

Cape May, New Jersey’s only Victorian house museum, today!

A visit to the Physick Estate today offers a look back at our Victorian past as evidenced by its architecture, decorative arts, customs, and the lives of one particular Cape May family, the Physicks. Emlen Physick Jr., his widowed mother, Frances Ralston, and his maiden aunt, Emilie Parmentier, moved into their home when it was completed in 1879.

The Physicks’ distinctive home illustrates their changing tastes as well as the particulars of the Victorian lifestyle in Cape May.

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

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PHYSICK ESTATE HOUSE TOUR

Enjoy a guided tour of the beautiful 1879 Emlen Physick Estate. The Physick House offers a look back at our Victorian past touching on architecture, decorative arts, customs and the lives of one Cape May family: the Physicks.

$15 adults,
$8 children (ages 3 to 12) & Veterans
Active Military FREE! (Military tickets not available online)

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COMBINATION TROLLEY/PHYSICK ESTATE TOUR

Take a guided trolley tour of Cape May’s Historic District, followed by a guided tour of the Physick House Museum. Approx. 2 hours. Admission includes the Carriage House Gallery at the Physick Estate. Begins at the Washington Street Mall Information Booth at Ocean Street.

Adults $25; Children & Military $15

Tour tickets for this tour are not available for online purchase. Click the link below to find out where to purchase tickets.

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THE GLOOMY APPARITION

Thursday – Saturday
Tours start at 6:30pm

Helen was looking forward to a relaxing stay by herself at a friends home in a remote seashore town. However, things have taken a turn for the supernatural and now Helen finds herself in the center of a mystery she will need help solving. Join us at the Emlen Physick Estate for this immersive theatrical event – and find out if you can solve the mystery of The Gloomy Apparition!

$30 adults; $25 children (ages 3-12)

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*Highly recommend purchasing tickets ahead of time.

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MAGIC & MYSTERY HOUSE TOUR

Take a step back in time to the Victorian Era in this 1879 restored mansion and learn about the Victorians’ fascination with magic, illusion, the mysterious and the odd. Hear about the Great Lafayette, the world’s greatest magician; Houdini, the astounding escape artist; Ionia, he Goddess of Mystery; Pepper’s Ghost, is it real, or just an Illusion? Sherlock Holmes, Jack the Ripper and much more! Tickets are limited to ensure social distancing; advance tickets recommended.

Adults $15; Children & Military $10

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MAGIC & MYSTERY COMBINATION TOUR

Want more weirdness? Combine the Magic & Mystery house tour with the Spirits & Victorian Oddities trolley tour.

Adults $25; Children & Military $15

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HOLIDAY HOUSE TOURS

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A DR. PHYSICK CHRISTMAS TOUR

Dr. Physick welcomes you to his home. Christmas is a wonderful time of year to come to Cape May and the Emlen Physick Estate is decorated to the nines! In this first person tour, Dr. Physick walks guests through his home, pointing out Victorian decorations and telling stories of his family and friends at Christmas.

Adults $15; Children (3-12) $8

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DICKENS OF A MURDER

BAH! HUMBUG! Ebenezer Scrooge is known for his miserly, uncompassionate ways, but he’s a changed man; he’s been practically giving his money away! Scrooge’s nephew, Fred Sawyer, is throwing a Christmas party and everyone is delighted by Scrooge’s appearance!  But when things go awry and murder is for served for supper, the guests may just become detectives…or even suspects.  This Christmas party’s a hoppin’, but there’s a murderer a knockin’! This evening will be a Dickens of a Murder!

Adults: $35; Children (3-12): $28

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EVENING YULETIDE HOUSE TOUR

Take a 30-minute guided tour of the first floor of Cape May’s 1879 Emlen Physick Estate, decorated in authentic style for a Victorian Christmas. See how the Physick family would have entertained for the holidays. Afterwards, visit the Carriage House for a visit to “An Old-Fashioned Christmas” exhibit.

Adults $20; Children (3-12) $18

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PHYSICK FAMILY CHRISTMAS HOUSE TOUR

This 1879 Victorian house museum sparkles for the holidays with authentic Victorian decorations that invite you to step back into Christmas past! On the Physick Family Christmas House Tour, you will visit the Physick Estate, decorated in true Victorian style, for a unique living history experience with members of the Physick Family household of the 1890s. Also see the “Old-Fashioned Christmas” exhibit at the Carroll Gallery at the Carriage House, a breathtaking Dept. 56 Dickens Village beneath the boughs of a giant Christmas tree.

Adults: $15; Children (3-12): $8

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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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Free Experiences

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PHYSICK ESTATE SCAVENGER HUNT

Have an adventure the whole family will enjoy at the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate! Use our map to explore the grounds and find the answers to questions about the Physick family and life in Victorian times on this educational scavenger hunt. Turn in your answer sheet at the Carriage House Museum Shop and receive a prize!

Available daily at the Hill House office or the Carriage House Visitors Center at the Physick Estate, 1048 Washington St. and at the Washington Street Mall Information Booth.

Includes map and clues
Free; donations accepted

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STORY STOP AT THE PHYSICK ESTATE

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.

FREE

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STORYTIME AT THE PHYSICK ESTATE

Gather around one of our storytellers at the gazebo on the grounds of this 1879 Victorian house museum for a tale, nursery rhyme, story or songs to transport you back in time. Weather permitting. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Free admission. Separate admission for house tours.

Fridays: 9:30am-10:30am (Summer Dates TBA)

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