The Bayshore Center at Bivalve is New Jersey’s only environmental history museum and the home port of the 1928 Schooner AJ Meerwald, New Jersey’s official tall ship. Located on a working waterfront, the Bayshore Center at Bivalve operates the Delaware Bay Museum in the Oyster Shipping Sheds dating back to 1904. From our wharves, visitors get an unspoiled view of the beauty of the Maurice River, a National Wild and Scenic River, and get to watch oystermen navigate the river as osprey and bald eagles soar overhead. Here visitors can learn about New Jersey’s oyster industry, past and present, and sail aboard a historic oyster schooner. The Bayshore Center at Bivalve works to further the understanding of the human impact on the environment. We hope you come visit us!

Speakeasy Fundraiser Luncheon

March 23rd 12-3pm

What to do at the Bayshore Center

Delaware Bay Museum

Come learn about the history and culture of the Bayshore region! Our Museum boasts a collection of original artifacts, oral histories, fun hands-on activities, and a gift shop, all located in our historic Oyster Shipping Sheds.

AJ Meerwald

Experience local history and environment during a sail on New Jersey’s official tall ship! The AJ Meerwald travels to many ports throughout New Jersey each year, offering you the opportunity to experience your local waterway like never before!


The Bayshore Center at Bivalve offers a variety of programming for kids and adults alike! Whether you are visiting with your family, class trip, or Scout group, you can have a fun, hands-on experience at the Bayshore Center or on the AJ Meerwald!

What to Expect

The Bayshore Center at Bivalve is unlike any other museum you will visit. Your experience will begin miles before you arrive. Observe the natural beauty of the area, take note of the homes and streets. Observe our neighbors – watermen, scientists, and oystermen –  as they go about their work. These people and this community are all part of the experience of the Bayshore Center at Bivalve.

When you arrive in our parking lot, look around. Everything you see is an exhibit. We encourage you to wander and ask those who pass by questions. For more information on our exhibits click here.

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2023 Sponsors

2nd Friday Sponsors

Bivalve Packing
Freitag Funeral Home
Allen Insurance Financial
Surfside Seafood Products, LLC
Chemglass Life Sciences, LLC
Haase’s Crabs
Hollinger’s Sail Loft Marina
Dino’s Pizzeria
Sturdy Savings
Glasstown Brewery
Rutgers Haskins shellfish Research Laboratory
Kaitlyn’s Commercial Cleaning
US Silica
Collins Iron Works Inc

2023 NJ Oyster Festival Sponsors


Bivalve Packing

Simonsen & McClellan for Assembly

Gentilini Motors

Extra Selects: Woodruff Energy 

Selects: Whibco

Surfside Foods LLC

Chemglass Life Sciences, LLC

Standards: -Kevin & Kimberly Nocon -Mints Insurance Agency
-Fairfield Pallet Co., Inc -Harbor House .
-Rutgers Haskins Shellfish Research Laboratory -Miletta Brothers Inc
-Hollinger Oyster Company

Sponsorships still available! Call 856-785-2060 or email for info.