Township of Ocean Historical Museum

Preserving the Past for the Future
Street Address - Eden Woolley House, 703 Deal Road, Ocean, New Jersey 07712
 Mailing Address - P.O. Box 516, Oakhurst, NJ 07755

Phone (732) 531-2136

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Township of Ocean Historical Museum
Address: 703 Deal Road, Ocean, NJ 07712
Mailing: P.O. Box 516, Oakhurst, NJ 07755-0516


(732) 531-2136
Get Involved

The Museum is an all Volunteer Organization. We are always looking for help with projects, our many events, or just staffing the Museum. Check out our needs and  Get Involved
Visit the Township of Ocean Historical Museum

The Museum has a number of exhibit galleries in the rooms on the first floor of the Eden Woolley House. Two house permanent exhibits (updated regularly). The third features changing exhibits.  They include:

The Richmond Gallery - The Richmond Gallery features regularly changing exhibits.  The current exhibit is The History of Houses and the Things That Make Them Home

The Our Town Gallery  - The Our Town Gallery explores the history of Ocean Township.

The Hearth and Home Gallery - The Hearth and Home Gallery explains local life at the Jersey Shore and how it has changed over the years.


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7:00 to 9:00 P.M. -
April to December

1:00 to 4:00 P.M. - First and Second Sundays of the Month.
Happening Now At the Eden Woolley House - The History of Houses and the Things That Make Them Home

Since prehistoric times, where we live has been about much more than shelter (think of those cave paintings). A new exhibit explores just how our human instinct to nest has played out in the structures we inhabit and the stuff we put in them. “The History of Houses and the Things that Make Them Home” opens Sunday, June 29, in the Richmond Gallery of the Eden Woolley House. More.
The Township of Ocean Historical Museum received an operating grant from the New Jersey Historical Commission, a Division of the New Jersey Department of State.
Thank You to:

- New Jersey Historical Commission, a Division of the New Jersey Department of State, for a 2015 Operating Grant.

- The IBM Corporation for a 2014 IBM Community Grant.

- The 1772 Foundation awarded a grant for the exterior painting of the Eden Woolley House.  The grant is awarded in conjunction with the New Jersey Historic Trust.​

- The Wells Fargo - South New Jersey Region Community Connections Program for a 2014 Grant

- A "Special Thanks" to Mike Beutell and his landscaping crew who came out to clean-up and re-seed the lawn behind the Museum, after laying new electrical lines left the yard quite a mess.  (732) 531-2474

- New Jersey Historical Commission, a Division of the New Jersey Department of State, for a 2014 Operating Grant.

- The Rita and Harry Greenberger Foundation, for a 2014 Grant.

- The William T. and Marie J. Henderson Foundation Inc., for a 2014 Grant.

- The Jersey Shore Greek Festival Outreach Fund.
Donate to the Museum

You may donate to the Museum, contribute an item, buy a Memorial Brick,  mark a Centennial Home, or donate to Restore the Water Tower.
Our 2014 Quilt Raffle Ticket Sponsor

Happening Now At the Eden Woolley House - The Story of the Morro Castle

Ocean Museum remembers the 80th anniversary of the Morro Castle tragedy

On Saturday, September 8, 1934, the burning hulk of the disabled luxury liner Morro Castle broke free of its towline and drifted dangerously near Convention Hall to run aground just yards off the Asbury Park beachfront. The tragedy (at the time the worst in U.S. merchant marine history) made national headlines. It turned local lifesavers into heroes and Asbury into a sightseeing mecca for the next six months.​  More.
Thanks to the Sponsors of Our 30th Anniversary Celebration
In addition - Thanks to the following individuals for their donations to our 30th Anniversary Celebration
- Peter Costanzo
- Joan and Mike Brezansky
- Joal Leone
- Brenda Wityk
- Mary Hill
- The Township of Ocean Historical Museum Quilters
- Phyllis Fyfe
- Nancy Frank
- Diane Novobilsky
- Patricia Burke
- Christine Craney Levy
Wells Fargo "Community Connections" breakfast at the Molly Pitcher Hotel, Red Bank on 8/14/2014. Pictured left to right: Jessica Kaczor Area President; TOHM President Paul Edelson; Andrew Kim District manager; and Brenda Ross-Dulan Regional President Wells Fargo South Jersey   
The Museum is proud to announce that it has received a $9,500 grant from the 1772 Foundation to help pay for the painting of the exterior of the Woolley House. The Foundation is a Connecticut-based trust that awards funds for exterior maintenance and restoration of historic sites. Our grant is administered through the New Jersey Historic Trust. Work on the Woolley House is tentatively scheduled to begin September 22.  For a period of about two (2) weeks, the Museum will be closed in order that existing lead based paint can be removed from the exterior of the house.  Further updates will follow.
Proposed By-Law Amendments

At the general meeting October 7, the membership will be asked to vote on proposed changes to the Museum By laws. Both the recommended and original versions are here for your review.  Copies are also available at the Museum.
Fall Speaker Event - Monmouth County Past and Present 
Tuesday, October 7, 2014, 7:15 pm.
Township of Ocean Board of Education Offices (Old Oakhurst School), Auditorium, 163 Monmouth Road, Oakhurst, NJ 07755

Come join a pictorial tour of Monmouth County, 7:15 pm, Tuesday, October 7 at the Oakhurst School auditorium (now the Board of Education offices) 163 Monmouth Road. Our guide is Randall “Randy” Gabrielan, Monmouth County Historian, 13-year Executive Director and now member of the Monmouth County Historical Commission, author of forty books on New Jersey and New York history, researcher, and lecturer  More.