The Bayshore Center at Bivalve is the umbrella organization based in history and environmental education for youth and adults. It consists of three components:

  1. Our Sailing Vessel – A 1928 Oyster Schooner A. J. Meerwald is our floating classroom used to transport youth and adults back in time while investigating the natural environment of our rivers, bays and oceans.
  2. Our Community Events & Programs are held in historic 1904 oyster shipping sheds and on our wharves along the Maurice River, a National Wild & Scenic River, feeding into the Delaware Bay. Here, schooners loaded with oysters docked with their day’s catch.
  3. The Delaware Bay Museum – The museum specializes in the history of NJ’s Bayshore connecting the environment,  oyster industry, and work force from the 1920s. We have everything and anything related to oystering on Delaware Bay and the region.

Through the state’s official tall ship, the oyster schooner A. J. Meerwald (AJM) and historic Delaware Bay Museum, the Bayshore Center at Bivalve works to further the understanding the human impact on NJ’s aquatic environment through education, advocacy and programs.


A. J. Meerwald

Experience local history and environment during a sail on New Jersey’s official tall ship! The A.J. Meerwald travels to many ports throughout New Jersey each year, offering you the opportunity to experience your local waterway like never before! Sails last approximately 2 hours and include education programing for youth and adults. Go Sailing!

Community Programs & Events

Join us for education based community events at the Bayshore Center. We offer land and water based field trips for youth. Our calendars is packed year round with community events connecting youth and adults to the Bayshore community and environment through education.

Delaware Bay Museum

Come learn about the history and culture of the Bayshore region! The 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.

Open to the public May – October on Thurs 4-8pm, Saturday 12-5pm, Sunday 12-5 pm. Other events and trips scheduled independently. Call for information.

Come sail with us on the A.J. Meerwald!