Camden Shipyard Museum
The Camden Shipyard & Maritime Museum was founded in 2008 to transform an 1893 historic church into a local maritime history museum and center for cultural enrichment and community development within Camden's Waterfront South neighborhood.
The most recent renovations for the museum building were completed and followed by a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting on September 20, 2016.
The former Main Sanctuary became Maritime Hall, focused on Camden's maritime heritage and world renowned shipbuilding history;
The Matthew Henson Arctic Explorer Room was dedicated to Henson's life of exploration; and,
Community Gallery was opened in partnership with the Urban Promise Academy, which teaches students to overcome adversity, work hard to accomplish their goals, and inspire others as Matthew Henson did over 100 years ago, and still today.
In 2018 the Museum adopted the adjacent Veterans Park on Broadway and, in partnership with the South Jersey Port Corporation and Campbell Soup employees, nautical bollards were installed, painted bright yellow, and installed in front of the park. Later that year, the New Jersey Tree Foundation planted flowering cherry trees in the sidewalk and fruit trees in the park.
The Museum is working closely with other Waterfront South nonprofits to plan for the creation of an arts district in fulfillment of its mission as a community stakeholder and anchor institution.