July 9, 2018
Today, I am featuring one of my favorite spots on LBI on the BWE Venue Spotlight: the LBI Historical Museum located on Engleside Avenue in Beach Haven. All photos in this blog post are from Melanie Cassie Photography! This LBI Historical Museum Wedding Ceremony Venue provides couples with an affordable way to provide themselves with a rain plan for a beach ceremony, but also as a unique experience for guests arriving for their beach ceremony. I often suggest that couples rent the space as a back-up plan, but it also makes a great spot to welcome guests to the island, host a rehearsal dinner, or use as a really fun spot to host a post-wedding day brunch. Their large porch can accommodate snacks and beverages for guests as they wander in and out of the museum while waiting for your beach ceremony to begin. Or, in the event of bad weather, the museum can host a wedding ceremony with up to 150 guests.
You can spend 15 minutes or a few hours, but regardless, you will get a snap shot of LBI’s history. Their collection is full of fun items and tons of information. A rich collection that begins with the Island’s history with the Lenni-Lenape tribes. The exhibits display the Island’s rich fishing history, whaling history, and the fish and duck hunting traditions from the 1800 and 1900s. Featuring photographs, illustrations, models, maps, charts, and bones (including an enormous whale jaw bone), the museum will help young and old rediscover Tuckers Island, the railroads of the 1800s, and the LBI’s many ship wrecks. My favorite piece in the museum’s collection is the Lenni-Lenape canoe found buried in the sand in the Sedge Islands and that dates back to 400 AD.The museum’s caretakers are a wealth of historical knowledge and are more then willing to give you a tour. They also have a cute little gift shop, called the Song of the Whale, where you might want to grab some locally made items, or a copy of their cookbook, written by locals and filled with tried-and-true recipes from a group of LBI residents.
The museum is open during the summer season for visitors, but is available year-round for special events. You can host private parties (check out this private surprise dinner party), fundraisers, weddings and wedding ceremonies. For a donation of $400 (plus a 100 cleaning fee and a refundable security deposit of $100), you can rent the Museum as the perfect rain plan for your beach ceremony. Or, use the LBI Historical Museum Wedding Ceremony Venue as the perfect place to host your guests as they arrive on the island for your Beach Haven beach ceremony. I recommend having it as a back up plan, but it actually works really well, as a place for guests to gather before heading to the ceremony at the beach. There’s a bathroom for those arriving after a long drive, and it’s a great spot to set up a welcome station with snacks and drinks. In the warmer months, it’s air conditioned, and in the cooler moths, it will allow you to have a beach ceremony in chillier weather because your guests can hang out at the museum while waiting for the ceremony start time.
If you enjoyed today’s blog featuring the LBI Historical Museum Wedding Ceremony Venue, you might want to check out another LBI Historical wedding ceremony location, the Spray Beach Chapel.
Thank you to the photographers who allow us to use their images on our site:
Ashley Mac Photographs, Heather Palecek Photography, Idalia Photography, Jessica Erb Photography, Susan Elizabeth Photography, Delaney Dobson Photography, Ann Coen Photography, Lovesick Inc., K Hulett Photography & Melanie Cassie Photography
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