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Visit the Atlantic City Historical Museum to learn more about the rich history and heritage of this one-of-a-kind seaside resort. The Atlantic City Historical Museum is presented by the Atlantic City Free Public Library, a service of the City of Atlantic City. Learn more about the Musuem's offerings below.

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The Atlantic City Historical Museum, located on historic Garden Pier.



The Atlantic City Historical Museum is located:
(609) 347-5839

Parking is available in nearby casino lots, or in marked areas on nearby streets. The closest casino lot is Trump Taj Mahal.

Museum Schedule (beginning January 2016):

Open Saturdays
10AM to 5PM

Please note the Museum will be closed on these holidays:
New Year's Day
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Lincoln's Birthday
Presidents' Day
Good Friday
Easter Sunday
Memorial Day
Independence Day
Labor Day
Columbus Day
Election Day
Veteran's Day
Christmas Eve
Christmas Day

The Museum is free. Donations are accepted and appreciated.
Please help us protect our Atlantic City heritage by observing the following:
  • Visitors must wear shoes.
  • Smoking is prohibited.
  • Food, drinks and gum are not allowed in the exhibit areas.
  • Please do not touch the items on exhibit.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Photography and video are not permitted in the exhibits.
  • Only service animals allowed.
  • Be considerate of other visitors.
You may also download and read the full "Policy Governing Visitors to the Atlantic City Historical Museum".


Programs are regularly held on the Second Saturday of each month.

Saturday, January 9, 2pm - Second Saturday Series: "Three Little Girls in Blue"
Join us for a screening of the 1946 classic, which made famous the song "On the Boardwalk (in Atlantic City)".


Saturday, December 12, 2pm - Second Saturday Series: La Nochebuena/Poinsettia 

Enjoy a reading of Tomie dePaola's book, The Legend of the Poinsettia, and a craft project.

Saturday, November 14, 2pm - Second Saturday Speaker Series: New Jersey Women in World War 2

In honor of Veteran's Day, author Patricia Chappine will discus the role of New Jersey Women in World War 2.

Saturday, October 31, 2pm - Dia de los Muertos craft

Make your own papel picado craft for Dia de los Muertos.

Saturday, October 10, 12pm-4pm - Second Saturday Speaker Series: Grand Opening of New Exhibit, La Ciudad Atlantica

Join us for the unveiling of our newest exhibit, "The Atlantic City Experience: La Ciudad Atlantica", and an afternoon of programs. The exhibit will be on display until December 31, 2015.
12pm - 1pm - Hispanic Family History (bilingual), with library archivist, Heather Perez
1pm - 2pm - Official ceremony and ribbon cutting for "The Atlantic City Experience: La Ciudad Atlantica"
2pm - 3pm - "Atlantic City Rhumba", presentation by Atlantic City historian and author, Vicki Gold Levi
3pm - 4pm - children's craft and music

Saturday, September 12, 2pm - Second Saturday Speaker Series: Miss America Pre-Parade Program

The history of the Miss America Parade will be discussed through images.

Saturday, August 8, 2pm - Second Saturday Speaker Series: The Music of Atlantic City

Enjoy the sounds of Atlantic City through song.

Saturday, July 11, 2pm - Second Saturday Speaker Series: Jitneys - On the Move for 100 Years

Celebrate the 100th anniversary of jitneys, which originated in Atlantic City in 1915.

Saturday, June 13, 2pm - Second Saturday Speaker Series: Wreck of R.J. Walker

Learn about the hydrographic survey vessel R.J. Walker, which sunk off Atlantic City in 1860. Captain Steve Nagiewicz will discuss the discovery and excavation of the site, and the exhibit relating to the shipwreck will be unveiled.

Saturday, May 23, 11am - Special Presentation: Chicken Bone Beach

Guest speaker, Cheryl Woodruff-Brooks, who is writing her dissertation on Chicken Bone Beach will share more in this presentation entitled "Chicken Bone Beach: The Empowered Race by the Sea."

Saturday, May 9, 2pm - Second Saturday Speaker Series: Shep on Fishing

Local fishing expert Michael Shepherd will talk about area fishing hot spots and tournaments.

Saturday, April 11, 2pm - Second Saturday Speaker Series: ACUA and Earth Day

Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA) President Richard Dovey will speak about the history of Earth Day and the ACUA 25th anniversary as well as the facilities in Atlantic City that help our environment.

Sunday, March 22, 2:30pm - Author Book Signing: Remarkable Women of the Jersey Shore

Author, Karen Schnitspahn will be discussing and signing her latest book with special guest Vicki Gold Levi, an author, Atlantic City historian, and one of the subject's of Schnitspahn's book.

March 14, 2015, 11am - Second Saturday Speaker Series: "Wild Hearts Can't Be Broken"

In honor of Women's History Month, join us for a screening of "Wild Hearts Can't be Broken," the biographical movie about Sonora Carver Webster who rode the Steel Pier High-Diving Horse for many years in Atlantic City. After the screening, stay for a Fact vs. Fiction discussion with Museum Monitor, Katherine Sundra.

February 14, 2015, 11 am - 2pm - Atlantic City Experience: Chicken Bone Beach Exhibit Opening

Bring your Valentine and enjoy a walk down memory lane with the unveiling of our new exhibit, "Atlantic City Experience: Chicken Bone Beach". Remarks by Henrietta Shelton of the Chicken Bone Beach Historical Foundation. Music will be provided by the Tony Day Trio, courtesy of the CBBHF.

January 10, 2015 @ 11 am - Second Saturday Speaker Series: Atlantic Ciy Hotels

Join Museum Monitor and hotel expert, Katherine Sundra, for the unveiling of our newest virtual exhibit, which features an interactive map of Atlantic City hotels, past and present.

December 13, 2014 @ 11 am - Second Saturday Speaker Series: Trains at the Shore

Speaker Tony Marino will share photographs and stories in a virtual ride along the railroads.

December 5, 2014 @ 1pm - Flashback Friday: Share and Tell

Bring your family history research questions or objects you want to learn to preserve. We will take turns sharing and learning from each other.

November 8, 2014  - Second Saturday Speaker Series: Ceramics, Saucers and Sundries: Atlantic City Souvenirs

Join museum coordinator, Beth Ryan, as she discusses some of the museum's souvenirs.

November 7, 2014  - Flashback Friday: Atlantic City Veterans

Join us in commemorating Atlantic City's military history and our local veterans.

Saturday, October 11, 2014 - Second Saturdsay Speaker Series: Storytime on the Garden Pier

ACFPL Children's Librarian Maureen Moffit will regale children of all ages with Atlantic City-related stories.

Friday, October 3, 2014 - Flashback Friday: Abby's Ghosts

Jean Muchanic, Executive Director of Absecon Lighthouse, will talk about the oldest manmade structure on Absecon Island, including the legends and stories of Absecon Lighthouse.

Saturday, September 13 - Second Saturday Speaker Series: Miss America in the Roaring '20s

On the same day as the famous Miss America Parade, join us earlier in the day to learn more about the start of the Miss America Pageant in the 1920s.

Friday, September 5, 2014 - Flashback Friday: Guided Tour of Atlantic City Historical Museum

Saturday, August 9, 2014 - Summer of 1964: The Atlantic City Experience

Join us at 11AM for an entertaining and interesting panel discussion of the events of the Summer of 1964. Panelists will be:
- Tom Wilk, the Beatles concert
- Frank Ferry, the Democratic National Convention
- Ralph Hunter, the Democratic National Convention and the Mississippi Democratic Freedom Party

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 - Summer Reading Program: Our Marine Mammals and Sea Turtles

Discover what makes a marine mammal different from a fish, which types of marine mammals and sea turtles come to New Jersey, and the dangers they face while they are here.  Learn how and why the Marine Mammal Stranding Center helps our marine friends. All ages.

Friday, August 1, 2014 - Flashback Friday: Music of Atlantic City

A fun and entertaining presentation of songs about and from Atlantic City.

Oct. 13, 2012
- Atlantic City Experience: The Roaring '20s

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Vicki Gold Levi and Heather Perez, historical consultants for HBO's smash-hit series "Boardwalk Empire," were the guest speakers. Levi, co-author of “Atlantic City, 125 Years of Ocean Madness,” discussed the culture of the 1920s, including the music, movies and clothing. Also, Levi shared stories about her father, Al Gold, the city’s first official photographer, and personal experiences.
Perez, who is the archivist for the library’s Atlantic City Heritage Collections of Atlantic City history, discussed some of the city’s biggest names, including Enoch “Nucky” Johnson. She also touched on a variety of highlights from the decade, such as the construction of the World War I Memorial and Convention Hall.
Watch the two-part video of Perez and Levi speaking at the program. Also, read The Press of Atlantic City and Atlantic City Weekly previews.

Current Exhibits

Permanent Exhibit - "Atlantic City, Playground of the Nation" guides visitors through Atlantic City's unique and storied history. Stroll along the Boardwalk to see artifacts, costumes, souvenirs and more tell the tale of Atlantic City.

Al Gold Photography Gallery Exhibit - The current exhibit is "Nucky's Empire: Atlantic City in the 1920s" and includes props and research materials used in the TV series "Boardwalk Empire".

Gail Stern Exhibit - The current exhibit is "The Wreck of the RJ Walker"

Digital Exhibit - Atlantic City Hotels, an interactive map of Atlantic City.

Temporary Exhibit - "Atlantic City's Garden Pier"

Documentary Movie - Have a seat and watch the documentary, "Boardwalk Ballyhoo," a 35-minute film shown continuously in the Museum's main gallery.


The Atlantic City Experience was produced and is managed by The Atlantic City Free Public Library, a service of the City of Atlantic City.


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