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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.

    Spring 2015 Museum Hours

    The museum is now closed for the winter and will reopen on Sunday, April 12, 2015. Watch this space for information.

    March 28, 2015 - Digital Day at the museum!!
    Our friends at Innovative Document Imaging, who have performed work for the museum for years, will be at
    the museum from noon to 2 PM. You can bring in your VHS tapes, 8mm and 16mm films, slides, photographs and
    pretty much any form of media and they will convert them to DVDs at a very reasonable cost.
    All work will be returned to the museum for you to pick-up a few weeks later.

    The first museum program for 2015 will be Saturday evening, D-Day, June 6, 2015 at the Lake Hopatcong Yacht Club.
    Our full schedule of 2015 programs will be posted shortly.

    For Information on the Museum and the special Dinner 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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