Beemerville, New Jersey: Space Farms Zoo and Museum

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Address:
218 CR 519, Beemerville, NJ
Directions:
From US Hwy 206 a mile west of Branchville, turn north onto Ridge Rd. Drive two miles until the road ends, turn left and then right onto Mattison Reservoir Ave. Drive 2.5 miles, turn right ontp Dennis Phillips Rd, drive one mile, bear left onto CR 519. Space Farms will be one mile on the right.
Hours:
Apr.-Nov. daily 9 am - 5 pm. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
973-875-5800
RA Rates:
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Skull of Goliath the Bear.

Space Farms Zoo and Museum

The stuffed carcass of the World's Largest Bear is one treasure to be examined at a museum of oddities, many of them in jars. Museum spans 9 buildings, zoo is 100 acres.

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Goliath the Bear.

Goliath the Bear

The stuffed carcass of Goliath the bear is in the Behemoths section of the Roadside Pet Cemetery.

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Art from Native American artifacts.

Space Farms Zoo and Museum

Give yourself lots of time to look at the many collections at Space Farms. Particularly impressive are the Native American artifacts found on the farm and artistically arranged and displayed.

[Annie, 07/23/2021]

Antiques rifles on the ceiling.

Space Farms Zoo and Museum

The zoo is fairly spread out and has an interesting assortment of animals. You can buy animal crackers to feed them. They also have a museum in the main house. Curation not great, but it has soo many things. There's also a pizzeria with a massive collection of antique firearms just hanging above your head.

[Molly, 08/09/2017]
Space Farms

While you can look at the oddities upstairs for free, there's an admission charged for going out into the barns to see the animals and other odd displays (such as the big eagle from NY's Grand Central Station). I've never seen such a collection of unrelated odd lots, often labeled "very old" (DUH!) or "been here since 1967.

There are coffins in one barn, haphazardly stored from the late 1800s. The loved one was laid out over an ice compartment to keep him or her from smelling during the wake. There are barns of old cars that you've never seen before and more rusty old farm equipment that old man Space seems to be hoarding. Yes, Freddy Space certainly qualified as a "hoarder," who apparently couldn't bear to throw anything out.

The cast iron eagle was featured on PBS "History Detectives" -- they verified it was one of several from the Grand Central Station roof.

[patri, 03/13/2010]

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