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The John F. Peto Studio Museum Winter Schedule

General Admission Tours will resume:
(Open every other weekend)

Saturday, January 22 and Sunday, January 23, 2022
Saturday, February 5 and Sunday, February 6, 2022
Saturday, February 19 and Sunday February 20, 2022
Saturday, March 5 and Sunday March 6, 2022
Saturday, March 19 and Sunday, March 20, 2022
(No walk-ins during this time)

New Exhibit April 2, 2022

A New Museum Annex to replace the Green Cottage

Above:  Plans for the Museum Annex

Last week, the Island Heights Planning Board approved the construction of the new John F. Peto Studio Museum Annex to replace the existing green cottage. The Museum Annex will be fully accessible and ADA compliant; provide additional exhibit space, art classes for children, and informative lectures. Please check back with us for the latest developments on this amazing project!

We’d like to thank the Planning Board for their enthusiastic approval of our new Annex.  We are also grateful to our architect George Thompson, our engineer Rob Harrington, our attorney Steve Kotzas, our professional planner Jason Marciano, as well as all the neighbors who came out and lent their support.

Above:  The Green Cottage as it stands today.

From the Archives A Christmas Message from the daughter of John F. Peto 


May a WHITE CHRISTMAS spread its cheerful, comforting, protective blanket over you and yours, as well as all humans of ALL COLORS and creeds so that we all may truly know

In a more enlightened, civilized world. 

Helen and George Smiley
Island Heights New Jersey, 1952

 Last Chance – Last Weekend to View
Trompe L’oeil Meets Surrealism…escaping reality

      Closes Sunday, December 19, 2021

A tantalizing display of trickery and deception featuring collections of objects and photographs which fool the eye or go against reality.  Featuring artists:  Gary Erbe, Franz Jozef Ponstingl, and Win Zibeon.

Tours are by appointment only:  Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m.

Masks or face coverings are required when entering the Museum, regardless of vaccination status.

Don’t forget to tag your photos: #petomuseum when attending any of our events or exhibitions.

We Always Welcome Private Group Tours 

Whether it’s an artist group or a 55+ community we welcome everyone to book a private group tour by calling 732-929-4949

Featured above:  The Manasquan River Group Of Artists enjoying a private tour of the Museum. 

Summer Concerts Series


Due South:
Friday, June 3, 2022 at 7:00 p.m. 
Rain date: Saturday, June 4, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.

The Pickles:
Friday, June 24, 2022 at 7:00 pm.
Rain date:  Tuesday, June 28, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.

The Kootz:
Friday, July 22, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.
Rain date: Tuesday, August 23, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.

Thank you to our

We’d like to extend a big thank you to our docents and greeters. Without you, and your dedication, we would not be able to offer art exhibitions to the public.

Unlike many other Museums, the Peto does not permit visitors to walk unaccompanied through our galleries. Instead, visitors are welcomed at the door by one of our greeters, who show the videotape about the Museum, make visitors feel welcome, provide them with information about membership and upcoming events, and obtain their contact information.

The docent-led tour then begins. Each of our docents has received special training from our Curator about the works of art on display in the current exhibition. This special training maximizes visitors’ enjoyment of the exhibit.

We want to specifically thank Harry Bower, Colleen Kehler, Mary Judge, Barbara Hanna, Fran Jorin, Sally Van Duyne, Karen Pasco, Linda Baxter, Dennis Broschart, Frank Parisi, Wendy Bright-Fallon, Ellen Columbus, Denise Summer, Kiki Arevalo, Sue Swain, David Shipman, Sally Gauntt, Elise Fialkowski and last, but certainly not least, our volunteer coordinator Joyce Kaizar. 

Your dedication, enthusiasm and commitment are appreciated by all. Anyone interested in volunteering as a greeter or docent should please contact us at info@petomuseum.org.

John F. Peto Featured in Various Publications

This above Peto painting, Discarded Treasures, appeared on the cover of the November issue of the Times Literary Supplement, one of the leading British literary magazines. “Discarded Treasures” by John Frederick Peto, 1904
The New Criterion magazine mentioned our exhibit Trompe L’oeil Meets Surrealism…Escaping Reality in The Critic’s Notebook section. To view the article click here.