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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
  • Membership Application
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    Click here for a printable copy of the application form. Remember, this Museum receives no state funds. Your Membership fee helps support the Museum.

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    Spring 2017 Museum Openings

    Back by popular demand, we will once again offer evening and daytime museum hours this year.
    Evenings will feature special exhibits and events. The museum will next be open on
    Friday, March 24th from 5:00-8:00PM with a special salute to skate sailing at Lake Hopatcong
    utilizing items from the archives of the Skate Association of America. We will also
    be open on Sunday, March 26th from 1:00-4:00PM.

    Special Program Schedule 2017:

    Thursday, June 1, 2017 – The Times They Are A Changin’: Lake Hopatcong in the 1960s,
    Lake Hopatcong Yacht Club, 6:00PM, Dinner Program.

    Wednesday, July 5, 2017 - The Lundin Family Collection, Lake Hopatcong Photographed
    from the 1930s-1970s, Jefferson House, 6:00PM, Dinner Program.

    Tuesday, August 1, 2017, Lake Hopatcong Day at Knoebels Amusement Park (Elysburg, PA)
    featuring special behind-the-scenes tour with many rides once found at Bertrand Island Park,
    starting at 9:30AM. (Charter bus leaving lake at 7:00AM, or drive yourself and meet at Knoebels.)

    Friday, September 8 to Sunday, September 10, 2017, Abbott& Costello Film Festival,
    Palace Theatre, Netcong, featuring Chris Costello.

    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,  Museum President

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