Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities

(609) 884-5404
Year Round
Something for the whole family!

The Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts & Humanities (MAC) is a multi-faceted non-profit membership organization that promotes the restoration, interpretation and cultural enrichment of greater Cape May for its residents and visitors. With a membership of more than 3,200, a paid staff of 160 and some 300 volunteers, MAC offers a year-round calendar of tours and special events that serves more than 300,000 people each year. Through its sponsorship of cultural and heritage tourism, MAC has helped transform Cape May from a "summer only" beach resort to the country's leading Victorian theme destination. MAC was formed in September, 1970 by a small group of Cape May citizens with the express purpose of rescuing the 1879 Emlen Physick Estate, an 18 room mansion, from demolition. Their campaign to preserve not only the Physick Estate but Victorian architectural treasures throughout Cape May has played a vital role in revitalizing the nation's oldest seaside resort. In the 1980s, MAC undertook its second major restoration effort: the 1859 Cape May Lighthouse. The tower of this historic structure, which had been closed to the public for almost 50 years, reopened its doors in 1988. MAC also restored the Carriage House at the Physick Estate, with its first floor transformed into a gallery of changing exhibits, as well as home to a museum shop and the Carriage House Tearoom & Café, and its second floor hayloft adapted as office space. The 1990 launch of the annual Cape May Music Festival has also brought MAC renown as one of the region's leading presenters of classical and classic music. MAC's most recent project was the restoration and interpretation of the World War II Lookout Tower on Sunset Boulevard. The tower is now open to the public and includes a Wall of Honor recognizing local veterans.

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Join this annual tradition on its last day of the season, and visit your choice of a selection of Victorian inns, homes, churches and hotels all beautifully decorated for the holidays....

Photo courtesy of MAC

Since 2011, thousands of Christmas holiday visitors to Cape May’s Emlen Physick Estate, 1048 Washington Street, both young and old, have delighted in “An Old...

On three Saturdays in December, join this annual tradition and choose from a large selection of Victorian inns, homes, churches and hotels all beautifully decorated for the holidays.

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Photo of Frank Smith, performer for ELTC’s and MAC’s “Ghosts of Christmas Past Trolley Rides” running through Dec. 31. Photo Credit: Gayle Stahlhuth

“I will go and tend my geese!”...

CAPE MAY - Bring your Christmas gift-giving list and enjoy shopping in Cape May for unique items made by local and regional artisans during the Holiday Crafts Fair sponsored by the Mid-Atlantic...

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