We are pleased to announce the installation of our recent exhibition at the Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel. Be Our Guest, The Golden Era of Asbury Park Hotels is the latest in a series of multi-media exhibitions by the Asbury Park Museum team currently on display through 2023.
At this time, we would also like to invite you to our exhibit Opening Reception, Thursday, April 27, from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM. Light refreshments will be served. All are welcome.
“Be Our Guest” explores the rise and evolution of Asbury Park’s hospitality industry, from 1871 to the present day. Special emphasis is on the grand hotels of the late 1800s and early 1900s, the factors that inspired their growth and decline, as well as the workers who sustained them.
Telling its story through rare historical views, postcards and newspaper documentation of the featured hotels, the exhibit is augmented by a continuous slideshow of the city’s landmark lodgings, the often-overlooked hotels of the West Side, and the role of the grand hotels in the evolution of early jazz and Black popular music.
The self-guided exhibition shines a long overdue spotlight on Black-owned hotels, as well as the hotels that catered to specific clientele, and the many smaller cottages and boarding houses of a community that once claimed more than 900 hospitality-related sites within its city.
For additional information please reach out to Kay at 732-539-7574
The Asbury Park Museum is a nonprofit organization dedicated to illuminating Asbury Park’s diverse and deeply fascinating history. The project is made possible in part by the Monmouth County Historical Commission through funding from the New Jersey Historical Commission.
President, Asbury Park Museum