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Emlen Physick Estate

1048 Washington St., Cape May, NJ 08204
609-884-5404
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Ranked #11 of 22 attractions in Cape May
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums
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... more » 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. « less
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW via mobile

I arrived at 9 am like the website advertised but tours didn't even start until 11:15! I left to come back later and had to fight tourist traffic in Cape may. I was a couple minutes after 11:15 and was told I would have to wait until the 11:45 tour. Will not be staying for the later tour and will... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014 NEW

Tour guide walks you thru each room and tells you a little bit of history. You can't touch anything--wouldn't recommend for people with small children.

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Atlantic City, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

We loved our tour guide! She was so informative and truly loved "her doctor" and his family and neighbors. It was a short walk up and down the street, we talked about architecture and the families that lived at the time of Dr. Physick. We had a delightful lunch at the cafe which was outside under a tent. We also... More

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

This is a new tour for us and it's nice to hear your feedback. Our guides developed the tour and are very proud of their work. I'll share your comments with them. I'm glad you had such a pleasant day. Please come back for another visit. More

robinsville, nj
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45 reviews 45 reviews
31 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Authentic wealthy Victorian home, the organization preserving and improving it managed to get a lot of the furniture and artifacts original to the house back. The 40 min house tour was entertaining if you are interested in those times (for my husband it was too long, while I did not get bored at all). The carriage house also had a... More

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

We are lucky in that we have many family artifacts in our collection. The Physick Estate shows how a well-to-do family lived in this era and lets visitors experience that age. Thank you (and your husband) for visiting us. More

Avon, Connecticut
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

We went to the mansion because we love mansion tours. This tour was horrible to say the least. There are so many pretty houses in Cape May and this house is NOT pretty at least on the out side! The inside was nice but the tour guide was absolutely horrible!!! He was abrupt, mean, rude and downright annoying. Their was... More

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

Thank you for sharing your experience. We'll share it with our staff. It's our goal to make every visitor feel welcome in our museum. The Physick Estate is a very unusual house compared to Cape May's other Victorians. It's not the colorful, gingerbreaded variety of Victorian house but a more sedate and, yes, plain style known as stick style. The... More

New York
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37 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

This house tour (about 45 minutes) was interesting and gave you a glimpse of life during its time period. The guide was knowledgeable and friendly. However, all in all, we didn't find it exceptionally interesting and/or unique. We did like the gift shop a lot as well as the cafe, so it was worth a visit in that respect. We... More

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

While the Victorian era may not be everyone's cup of tea, we do try to keep it interesting for our audiences. Most of the work of architect Frank Furness, to whom the Physick Estate is attributed, no longer exists so this is really a rare glimpse into how life was lived more than 100 years ago. Thank you for visiting. More

Somerset, New Jersey
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38 reviews 38 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Pay for tickets and get an incomplete and rushed guided tour of this Victorian mansion museum estate. Remided me of the "Adam's Family" home.

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

I'll share your comments with our tour managers. We want visitors to enjoy a complete and well-timed tour so they can enjoy the artifacts and restoration done in the house. I hope you'll give us another chance. More

Somerville, New Jersey
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

I forced my three sons to tour this home with me and even under duress they enjoyed the tour for about half of the time. The tour guide was interesting and told enough stories to keep them interested. The home is beautiful and the furnishings and renovations were well done.

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

Thanks for bringing your kids. We love sharing our history and we feel it's never too young to start. A lot of love and energy has gone into the restoration of the house over the last 44 years. Please come back again. Each year there is a new theme and changing seasonal displays. More

Millville, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

The restoration on this house from what it was is magnificent. What a save. Tour was nice, but try to get a tour with no more than 8 people, And No Kids ! If you do the whole tour, keep in mind you need to climb some stairs. The guide was very informative.

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

The restoration of the Physick House has been a labor of love for more than 44 years now. Our staff and volunteers work continuously to keep the landmark in tiptop shape for visitors. Finding new ways to tell the story is important to us, so themes and displays change each year. There is a tour designed specially for kids. Thanks... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Loved the historical tour of the old Victorian home! Great gardens and setting! Liked the gorgeous hydrangeas!

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

The Physick Estate is a great place to step back in time. It gives you a new appreciation for life then and now. Thanks for stopping by. More

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