Museum Open House Celebrates Coast Guard History

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The Museum of Cape May County is proud to announce its newest exhibition, “Always Ready: Always Here,” that highlights the history of the United States Coast Guard’s impact throughout Cape May County.

This exhibition is one of the most extensive undertaken by The Museum.  Its mission is to bring to life the history of those brave men and women who have given their service to not only our nation but to our county. “Always Ready: Always Here” will offer visitors a chance to see artifacts and memorabilia demonstrating the Coast Guard’s deep roots in our county history, including life-saving stations.

Of course, Cape May County’s crown jewel – the historic 1857 first-order Fresnel lens that stood atop the Cape May lighthouse will be lighted and on display in the 1780 Smith Barn.  This lens, on long-term loan to The Museum, serves as a testament to the special relationship between The Museum and the Coast Guard.

The public is invited to a special grand opening of the exhibition.  This free event will take place Wed., May 1 from 7 p..m. – 9 p.m. in the gallery of The Museum of Cape May County, 504 Route 9 North in Cape May Court House.  “Always Ready: Always Here” will open for general tours Thur., May 2. Admission to the gallery exhibition is free.