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. Guided tour themes change annually.

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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. Despite never practicing medicine, Dr. Emlen Physick meaningfully affected the Cape May medical community. Learn about the doctor and his influence around town as president of the local medical association, along with common health practices at the turn of the 20th century. 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 2023-24, the tour is titled “The Doctor Is In”

VOICES FROM BEYOND HOUSE TOUR

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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.

PHYSICK FAMILY CHRISTMAS HOUSE TOUR

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Take this guided living history tour of the magnificent 1879 Physick Estate, Cape May’s only Victorian house museum, decorated in authentic Victorian style for Christmas. Your guide portrays a member of the Physick family in the early 1900s and shares stories and traditions. The tour also includes a visit to the Carroll Gallery to see “An Old-fashioned Christmas” exhibit, a popular annual display featuring a huge Christmas tree, model trains, and an elaborate Dept. 56 Dickens village collection.

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EVENING YULETIDE HOUSE TOUR

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Take this guided tour of the first-floor rooms of the 1879 Physick House Museum, authentically decorated for a Victorian Christmas. See and hear how the Physick family might have entertained friends and family and celebrated in traditional Victorian fashion during the holidays. Afterwards, visit the Carriage House and visit “An Old-fashioned Christmas” exhibit in the Carroll Gallery and see this popular annual display featuring a huge Christmas tree, model trains, and an elaborate Dept 56 Dickens village collection.

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HISTORIC HAUNTS HOUSE TOUR

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Tour select rooms with your guide and learn about Victorian Spiritualism in Cape May’s only Victorian house museum, the Physick House Museum, widely reputed to be haunted. Guides will explore the concepts of spiritualism and the occult, both of which were wildly popular topics in the Victorian Era.

STRANGE VICTORIAN OBSESSIONS

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Victorians were fascinated with mystery and illusion and this tour through first floor 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.

Free Experiences

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 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.

FREE. Available in English & Spanish.

Donations Accepted

CARROLL GALLERY EXHIBIT

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LINE IN THE SAND: SEGREGATED BEACHES IN CAPE MAY AND ATLANTIC CITY

Opening January 13th, 2024

Prior to the 1960s civil rights era, Black people were limited to recreation on certain beaches based on the color of their skin. Beaches had been racially segregated at resorts like Cape May and Atlantic City for decades through the 1950s, with boundaries that sometimes moved from season to season, but which were clear, even when they weren’t publicly advertised. See Grant Street Beach in Cape May through historic photos from West Cape May families and original artwork by Cape May County artist Chanelle René, and Chicken Bone Beach in Atlantic City through historic photos from the Chicken Bone Beach Historical Foundation, and learn how people of color enjoyed their time at these beaches, despite the harsh racial divide.

Free admission.

STORY STOPS AT THE PHYSICK ESTATE

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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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