Emlen Physick Estate
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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March Tour Times: Friday: 1:45pm Saturday: 12:30pm, 1:45pm Sunday: 1:45pm The 1879 Emlen Physick Estate is Cape May's only Victorian house museum. Designed by renowned American architect Frank Furness, the home has been fully restored. Its 15 rooms open a window into Victorian times in Cape May. Guided and self-guided tours are offered. Each year, a new theme is interpreted in the museum, which has been restored and is operated by the non-profit Cape May MAC (Museums + Arts + Culture). The organization also offers guided daytime and evening trolley tours of Cape May, as well as the Cape May Lighthouse and the World War II Lookout Tower. Check website for more information.
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TeamMan
Princeton, NJ1,473 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
As an experienced traveler you know that good docent can make a museum come alive for you just as a tour guide can make a visit to an historic place a memorable experience. We had just such a experience with our visit to the Estate this morning.

Our tour guide, Ellie, was both extremely articulate and informative. She guided our group through a series of rooms in this wonderful, historic home with the ease of someone who had done it many times, but never lost the joy of sharing it with new people.

If you are curious as to how the "idle rich" passed the time back in the day, you will enjoy a visit to the Emlen Physick Estate. For a closer look, check out my photos.
Written August 24, 2021
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podrozniczka60
New Jersey14,535 contributions
Aug 2020
Beautiful 1879 mansion and property can be visited as a combination of a guided trolley/PHYSICK ESTATE TOUR but we enjoyed the exclusive experience of Emlen Physick Estate with the visit, dinner at the new Vintage restaurant on the Estate's premises and Sunset Jazz Concert. We got the tickets on line. All activities followed the coronatime precautions. It was a delightful evening in its entirety. Parking was easy and free. Vintage restaurant is great and should be incorporated in your Emlen Physick Estate experience.
Written August 12, 2020
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Richard Stuart
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Aug 2021
The tour of this amazing Victorian home built by famous American Architect Frank Furness was well paced, informative and a pleasure. There are pictures in the rooms showing the state of decay the house was left in prior to its ongoing restoration and preservation as a museum. The amount of work they have done is astonishing. The house is incredible and it's history is interesting. There was something to gaze at in every room. And, it is haunted! We went during the day but there are ghost tours as well. A great way to spend an hour and a half.
Written August 29, 2021
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Robin B
Phoenix, AZ1,303 contributions
Sep 2022
This is a beautiful, well-preserved mansion designed by architect Frank Heyling Furness. He also designed the woodwork in the home and a lot of the furniture. Our tour took about 45 minutes to an hour and visited the first and second floors. Our docent was very good. The problem I had was the group size. There were almost forty people. They split us into two groups, but that still left 18 in our group. In addition, two parties in our group talked loudly continually throughout the tour, making it difficult to hear the docent. Really, for the cost of visiting the mansion, group size should really be limited to ten or fewer.
Written September 28, 2022
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DanM
Ohio244 contributions
Jun 2021 • Family
The estate grounds were nice, but certainly not to the level of an ‘attraction’. We were shocked at the lack of original aspects of the home. Everything was of the time period but very little owned by the people of the home… oh yeah, except for the hanging lamps that we heard them
Drone on and on about more than anything else. The tour consisted of a lot of donations and collections of antiques… most not original but ‘they may have had things like this’. The tour guides were dry at best. At $20 a person, you are better off reading a short paragraph on the house and standing in the sidewalk looking at the house. It is not worth it AT ALL!
Written July 25, 2021
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Sheila S
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania245 contributions
Dec 2019
We took the combo trolley ride/estate tour and were not disappointed. Before entering, tour guide offered instructions: you will be met by the residents of the house who will greet you as their guests arriving from Philadelphia by train. From that point on you must use imagination and interact in character with Emlen and his Aunt Emilie. Thus our group was treated to insights of a Victorian Christmas as we walked through the decorated rooms and learned of life in the 1800's. Hard to believe this Frank Furness building would have been demolished had it not been for a dedicated group, MAC, who purchased, restored, maintains and operates this delightful museum and piece of history.
Written January 6, 2020
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Thank you Sheila for visiting us! It gives us great pleasure to be able to share the history of the Estate and Victorian life in Cape May with our visitors.
Written January 7, 2020
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dge74
Langhorne, PA31 contributions
Dec 2019
My wife and I stay in Cape May at least once a year. In all those visits, we never have visited the Physick Estate. During our New Year's Eve stay, we decided to take a tour of the Estate as a part of the Trolley Car tour of the town. What a great tour ! The two tour guides (Mrs. Physick and her sister) stayed in character the entire tour. It was great to see how a Victorian era Cape May mansion looked like during Christmas. We were happy we finally took the time to visit this site, particularly during the Holidays
Written January 9, 2020
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Thank you for taking the time to compliment the Physick Family Christmas Tour! We love this tour as well, as it is a living history experience. We are so glad you were able to experience the Physick House museum decorated for Christmas.
Written January 27, 2020
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SteveBressi
The Villages, FL914 contributions
Sep 2021
If you enjoy Victorian Architecture and decor, you will enjoy this 45-Minute tour. I found the back-story to be interesting. The grounds are nice to walk around, and they have a gift shop. Money spent goes to a worthy cause, to maintain a piece of Americana.
Written September 27, 2021
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ProfPTJ
Washington DC, DC175 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
The tour was great — took us through the restored parts of the house, gave out lots of good information about Dr. Physick and his family and their lives in the mansion. And did not shy away from pointing out the differences between how the (white) family and the (black) servants lived. A pleasant hour or so; just wish it were longer!
Written January 17, 2022
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corptool
Hazlet, NJ555 contributions
Aug 2021
This manor is an interesting piece of local history that I'm glad has been restored. The background story about Dr. Emlen Physick and his family farm/estate was well worth visiting. I took the downtown trolley and estate tour combination - it was a very interesting and informative afternoon. I recommend it. More for adults than children.
Written August 29, 2021
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