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
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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.
The Museum’s mini--‐exhibit on the history of Asbury Park High School, featuring vintage photos, school newspapers, yearbooks, and memorabilia. The story of the school is a fitting complement to the Museum’s major exhibit: “Asbury Park: The History of a Jersey Gem,” currently on display. Whether Asbury alums (as many from the Township of Ocean were, as we were a sending district until the opening of Ocean Township High School in 1965) or newcomers to the area, guests will find the facts, photos, and artifacts of both exhibits well worth the visit. More
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:

​- 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
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Pool House Work Complete

After delays due to a long and snowy winter, the Museum's work, in partnership with the Township, to revitalize the “Pool House” located between the Museum and the Ocean Township Library has been completed. The Pool House, which once had both man's and woman's changing rooms, a kitchen and a pump for the pool has had the interior cleaned out and been sided, to match the neighboring Library, re-roofed and had new doors and hardware installed. Thanks to all our great volunteers who helped in this project.  More.

New Exhibit - The Story of the Morro Castle
Opens - Sunday, September 7, 2014, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Eden Woolley House, 703 Deal Road, Ocean, NJ 07712​
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.​

Eighty years later (almost to the day), the Township of Ocean Historical Museum, located in the Eden Woolley House at the Ocean Township Library complex on Deal Road, opens a mini-exhibit remembering the Morro Castle.  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