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Emlen Physick Estate

1048 Washington St., Cape May, NJ 08204
609-884-5404
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Ranked #10 of 19 Attractions in Cape May
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Cultural
Owner description: 1879 Emlen Physick Estate, Cape May's only Victorian house museum. Daily tours and special...
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Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Cultural
Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: 1879 Emlen Physick Estate, Cape May's only Victorian house museum. Daily tours and special exhibits; trolley tours of the Historic District. Museum shop, gallery, and restaurant.

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Hellertown, PA
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73 reviews 73 reviews
15 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014 NEW

The tour was nice and the guide knowledgeable of the building. I'm a frustrated wanna be architect, so all of the structure was interesting to me.

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Langhorne, Pennsylvania
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15 reviews 15 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

We toured the estate during a holiday house tour and there were people dressed in period attire and the estate shined. It was welcoming and fun. There were carolers and even an upside down Christmas tree to remember what it was like to be "under the tree" like we did as kids.

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Mid-AtlanticCenter, Manager at Emlen Physick Estate, responded to this review

Since many of our Christmas traditions got their start in the Victorian era, Cape May is a perfect place to visit during the holidays. The Emlen Physick Estate, decorated authentically in the style of the era is like a place out of time. Thanks for visiting with us. More 

Bayville, New Jersey
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211 reviews 211 reviews
60 attraction reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

We had a nice tour of the estate as part of the Holiday Trolley Tour. We had a group who all enjoyed the flash back to Victorian Times. Our guides were knowledgeable and the tour was just the right amount of time. It was interesting to see how folks lived in those times, what they dined on, and how they... More 

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Mid-AtlanticCenter, Manager at Emlen Physick Estate, responded to this review

Christmas time in Cape May is a special time. The town is a perfect Dickens village. We're gla you enjoyed yourself and thanks for visiting. More 

Delmar, New York
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260 reviews 260 reviews
179 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014

When we visited Cape May, New Jersey we also took a tour of this house. It dates back many years to when Cape May was the jewel of the jersey shore. In my mind, it still is. Lovely to amble down its streets and look at all the lovely Victorian Era houses including this one. Well worth the money to... More 

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Mid-AtlanticCenter, Manager at Emlen Physick Estate, responded to this review

Cape May is a town out of time, with lovely architecture, tree-lined, gaslit streets, great restaurants and more. The Emlen Physick Estate is the only Victorian house museum and gives you a glimpse at how life was lived more than 100 years ago. Thank you for visiting. More 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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17 reviews 17 reviews
3 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Just visited the carriage room-part of a holiday tour.Shop was nice-nice holiday settings and decor.

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Mid-AtlanticCenter, Manager at Emlen Physick Estate, responded to this review

The evening holiday tours include hospitality in the Carroll Gallery at the Physick Estate. It's a nice way to conclude your evening tour. Thanks for visiting. More 

Locust Grove, Virginia
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49 reviews 49 reviews
20 attraction reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

Home of a doctor who never saw a single patient. It's a lovely home, we saw it at Christmas, we were only taken through the main floor, we were told lots of neat stories about the man who built the house. Next to the house is the carriage house, it contains a small but cute gift shop.

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Mid-AtlanticCenter, Manager at Emlen Physick Estate, responded to this review

The Physick Estate was the home of a rather eccentric man who studied medicine but never practiced. It's a fascinating tour of a landmark house attributed to noted Victorian architect Frank Furness. Thanks for visiting. More 

Cape May, New Jersey
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

the physick estate and mansion are fun to tour but the festival held on the grounds was outstanding. plenty of fun, food, and activities for the kids. music all day from different bands was fun. i have been there many times to enjoy tours of the house. the cafe also has great food for adults and kids

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Mid-AtlanticCenter, Manager at Emlen Physick Estate, responded to this review

The tour of the Emlen Physick is available year-round and it's particularly fun in December when the guides get into character as the Victorian inhabitants of the Estate. During the warmer months, the grounds are used for outdoor events. The Craft Beer and Crab Festival in August is just one of these events, with music, food and family entertainment. Thanks... More 

Philadelphia, PA
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169 reviews 169 reviews
7 attraction reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

We did the Victorian Christmas tour yesterday and loved the first person presentation given by our tour guide who stayed in character as one of the sisters living in the home. The first person presentation was a change from the typical direct style tour normally given at museums of this type, yet was very educational about the customs of the... More 

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Mid-AtlanticCenter, Manager at Emlen Physick Estate, responded to this review

Our guides enjoy the opportunity to get into Victorian character to entertain guests. The Christmas season tours give them the opportunity to do just that. Thank you for visiting. More 

Wayne, Pennsylvania
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137 reviews 137 reviews
33 attraction reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

We received complimentary tickets for the Cape May Trolley Tour through our B&B which we really enjoyed. Great drive by view of the Victorian homes with a very knowledgeable guide! What we did not realize until the end was that we also had passes to tour this estate with the same guide...so we stuck with the group and went on... More 

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Mid-AtlanticCenter, Manager at Emlen Physick Estate, responded to this review

Thank you for putting us on your "to do" list. The guided trolley and Physick Estate tour packs a lot of history into an hour and a half. It gives visitors a great introduction to town. We're glad you enjoyed your experience and thank you for recommending us to other visitors. More 

Owings Mills, Maryland
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301 reviews 301 reviews
70 attraction reviews
221 helpful votes 221 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014

Through a little research, I found that at the Hill House on the grounds of the Physick Estate, you can rent an audio tour of Cape May. We loved all the information about the history of the homes. We spent all day using the audio device to visit all the interesting place in the town. Would recommend it highly for... More 

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Mid-AtlanticCenter, Manager at Emlen Physick Estate, responded to this review

The audio walking tour lets you tour at your leisure and while you're doing that, you get up close and personal with our town. It's available every day but Thanksgiving and Christmas at our administrative office at the Physick Estate. Thanks for taking the time to take the tour. More 

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