Museum and History Room Reopens for Visits by Appointment

BELMAR, NJ — Belmar Historical Society takes a virtual stroll along the borough’s oceanfront to see how much it has changed over the past 100 years in its latest “Spotlight of Belmar” video.

Set to the smooth sounds of bossa nova, “Beach, Boardwalk, Pavilions and Ocean Avenue” moves through the decades, beginning with pool and beach scenes at Gordon’s Pavilion and the Sanborn Bathing Pavilion during the early 1900s.

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While the slideshow of vintage postcards offers various views of pavilions at 10th, 13th and 16th Avenues along the beachfront, it’s also peppered with photos of the fishing piers, boardwalk establishments and other Ocean Avenue landmarks that have made Belmar one of the Jersey Shore’s most popular destinations.

Released every Sunday, “Spotlight on Belmar” videos highlight the borough’s interesting and illustrious past, delving into a specific topic.They can be viewed by visiting the BHS Facebook page and its new YouTube channel.

After closing this spring due to the coronavirus crisis, the nonprofit group has reopened the doors of its museum and history room, located at 900 E Street in the annex of the historic Union Firehouse. Visitors (only two at one time and with face masks) are welcome by appointment only to view its many displays and memorabilia.

The museum is open to the public every Monday from 2 to 4 p.m., every Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon and the second Saturday of each month from 1 to 3 p.m.

Visitors will not be able to handle the exhibits or the archives for research yet. To make an appointment or for more information, call BHS at 908-309-3380 or email at

Click here to visit its website.


Belmar Historical Society and Bradley Beach Historical Society will co-host “Louisa May Alcott Wants You to Vote,.” a virtual event on Sunday, October 11 at 4 p.m. The event celebrates the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment and the role of author Alcott as a champion of suffrage.

Registration is required and can be made be visiting the BHS website.


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