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!

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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

Chemglass Sciences

Freitag Funeral Home

Haase’s Crabs

Hollinger’s Sail Loft Marina

Dino’s Pizzeria


Allen Insurance Financial

Surfside Seafood Products LLC

2022 NJ Oyster Festival Sponsors
Captain’s Sponsors:
  • Bivalve Packing
  • OceanFirst Foundation
  • Gentilini Motors
  • Wells Fargo Advisors
    • Donald W Robbins – Managing Director, Investments – CFP™
      211 Bayberry Dr. Suite 2D Cape May Court House, NJ 08210 609-463-4194
      Investment and Insurance Products: Not FDIC Insured / No Bank Guarantee / May Lose Value
Stewart Sponsors:
  • Surfside Foods
  • Cape May Salt Oyster Co.
  • AMK Glass
Deckhand Sponsors:
  • Fairfield Pallet Co, Inc
  • Cumberland County Improvement Authority
  • Ferry Park
  • Allen Insurance Financial
  • Sail Loft Marina
Swabbie Sponsors:
  • William R. Mints
  • Fralinger Engineering
  • Sturdy Savings Bank
  • Chemglass Life Sciences, LLC
  • Miletta Brothers, Inc

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