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Lake Hopatcong Historical Museum Located in a rustic 19th century building which served as a lock tender's house on the Morris Canal, the Lake Hopatcong Historical Museum offers an entertaining and enlightening look at the history of New Jersey's largest lake. Step back to a time when the lake was actually two bodies of water and the Lenape Tribe lived along its shores. Learn of the building of the famous Morris Canal and the forming of modern day Lake Hopatcong, its main source of water. Travel back to the era when the Lake was a tourist mecca and some 40 hotels and rooming houses graced its shores.
Relive the days when thousands flocked to Bertrand Island Amusement Park for dancing and "nickel nights." In an age before jets, air conditioning and super highways, Lake Hopatcong was a major northeast resort. Trains from urban centers would drop off vacationers at the Landing Railroad Station, where they would board steamboats for the trip to Bertrand Island and other points around the Lake.  Within easy reach of large cities to the east, the Lake's size and setting at over 900 feet above sea level made it a perfect resort. From the 1880's through the 1930's the Lake welcomed thousands each year, including leaders in government, industry and entertainment. Lower daytime temperatures and cool evenings made Lake Hopatcong a welcome respite from the urban centers to the east. mus02.jpg (14690 bytes)
Lake Hopatcong Museum Exhibit The Lake Hopatcong Historical Museum displays an extensive collection of memorabilia, photographs, historical artifacts, and exhibits about the Lake and on the history and working of the Morris Canal. The Museum is located on the grounds of Lake Hopatcong State Park in Landing, just 2 miles off Route I-80 at exit 28.  Admission is free.
Call (973) 398-2616 for further information

Permanent Exhibits

  • Passage to Progress: The Morris Canal and The Transformation of Lake Hopatcong
  • Simpler Times at Lake Hopatcong
  • Jewel Of the Mountains: The Great Hotel Era at Lake Hopatcong
  • Famous Folks, featuring former Lake Hopatcong Residents Hudson Maxim, Lotta Crabtree and Joe Cook
  • Greetings from Bertrand Island Amusement Park
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    Membership Application
    Want to be a Member of the "Lake Hopatcong Historical Museum"?
    Click here for a printable copy of the application form. Remember, this Museum receives no state funds. Your Membership fee helps support the Museum.

    2016 Museum Openings

    These Sundays from 1 to 4 PM:
    April 17, May 15, September 25, November 13, December 18

    These Friday evenings from 5 to 8 PM with Special Events:
    May 6 - Bertrand Island Night!
    June 3 - Hank Shapiro plays Joe Cook’s piano
    July 15 - Postcard Night
    August 12 - Antique Boat Photo Night
    September 9 - TBA, September 30 - TBA
    November 4 - TBA, December 2 - TBA

    Special Programs:

    May 7, Saturday, 10 AM - 4 PM - The Museum will be open during
    the Lake Hopatcong Block Party

    October 8-9, Pathways of History Weekend! Museum open
    Saturday 10 AM-4 PM and Sunday12-4 PM

    For Information on the Museum and the special programs,
    please call 973-398-2616 or e-mail to

    Lake Hopatcong Historical Museum  -  PO Box 668  -  Landing, NJ 07850

    Martin Kane,  President

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