BHS Museum and History Room Now Open for Visits by Appointment

BELMAR, NJ — Belmar Historical Society checks into the many hotels and other lodging establishments that have graced the streets of Belmar since the late 1800s — from Ocean Avenue to Shark River —in its latest “Spotlight on Belmar” video.

“Some of the pictures are so real that you want to step inside and see what else was happening at that time in Belmar,” said BHS member Rickey Stein in beginning the virtual tour of vintage postcards. “Come along with us and enjoy the trip back through the years.”

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The trek begins with myriad views of the Columbia Hotel, which was among six buildings that came from the Centennial Exhibition of 1876 held in Philadelphia — the first official World’s Fair in the United States. After the exhibition, the buildings were dismantled and moved to Belmar, where they would become popular destinations along the beachfront.

The slideshow also includes an early rendering of the only hotel that still remains along Ocean Avenue — the Mayfair on the corner of 10th Avenue.

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.

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