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 and the Oyster Cracker Café 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, sail aboard a historic oyster schooner, and enjoy an outstanding meal. The Bayshore Center at Bivalve works to further the understanding of the human impact on the environment. We hope you come visit us!

The Delaware Bay Museum, the Oyster Cracker Cafe, and the Meerwald Mercantile are now open! Tickets for the A.J. Meerwald are now available for purchase!

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What To Do @ Bayshore Center

Delaware Bay Museum

Phone: (857) 758-2060
Admission: Recommended donation $7 per adult, $5 for seniors and veterans, no donation for children!

2800 High Street
Port Norris, NJ 08349

Schooner AJ Meerwald

For schedule and sail information please click here. Please note the AJ Meerwald travels to various ports throughout the season, check the schedule prior to booking tickets.

Oyster Cracker Cafe

Whether in the café or on the docks, the Oyster Cracker café has great food everyone can enjoy.

2800 High Street
Port Norris, NJ 08349

For the Kids

The Bayshore Center at Bivalve is a good place to unplug and experience the natural beauty of the region. We have a pirate boat for children to play on, a scavenger hunt in our museum, and miles of nature trails to explore. Together you and your children can shell bag, a fun family activity that will also help to improve the Delaware Bay and the local economy. Or perhaps you and your children could simply sit quietly on our docks watching the boats pass by while counting the ospreys flying overhead.

The Bayshore Center also offers a variety of formal educational programs.  Click below to learn more.

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 wonder, knock on doors and ask those who pass by questions. For more information on our exhibits click here.

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