We are located in Ocean County New Jersey — the perfect day trip from any point within the tri-state area. Spend an afternoon learning about the architecture, art and history of John F. Peto and Island Heights, closely located to New York, Philadelphia and the Jersey Shore beaches. Contact us directly to schedule school groups and private tours.

Welcome to the John F. Peto Studio Museum. Throughout the year we offer a permanent collection for view all year long, as well as special exhibitions.


The museum is currently open, however General Tours will resume January 22nd. See the winter schedule below. Required safety precautions will be in effect, including masks and social distancing.  For appointment, please call 732-929-4949 and leave a detailed message, and someone will return your call with available hours. 

Masks or face coverings are required when entering Museum, regardless of vaccination status. Please continue to check the website for changes due to Covid-19 updates, holidays and closings due to weather.


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)


Join us at the historic home of the artist John F. Peto for a docent-led tour of the Museum’s permanent collection of 22 of the artist’s original paintings. A highlight of the tour is a visit to Peto’s studio, which looks exactly as it did when he painted there from 1880 until his death in 1907. Because the home was maintained for so many years by the Peto family, many of the artist’s (and his extended family’s) belongings and furnishings, and the objects used in the paintings, remain in the home and are displayed as historical artifacts of the Island Heights arts community from the 1800’s. Peto was not only a painter, but also a photographer, and he has left behind a priceless photographic record as well, which depicts the quiet life he made for himself and his family in Ocean County.


Mondays – Fridays: By appointment only

Email info@petomuseum.org to schedule appointments for group tours.


Adults: $10 | Seniors (62+) and Students: $8 | Children 12 and Under & Members: FREE

Special exhibitions are free with general admission. To become a member, please visit our Membership Page for more information.


Phone: 732-929-4949 | Email: info@petomuseum.org


102 Cedar Ave Island Heights, NJ 08732 in Ocean County.


The John F. Peto Studio Museum is a fully accessible site.

An American Sign Language or a Spanish language interpreter can be provided without charge with two weeks advance notice.  While the upstairs rotating exhibit galleries are not wheelchair accessible, we have filmed the exhibits, so please check with the Museum regarding availability of a video of the exhibit.  With two weeks’ notice, works from an existing exhibit can be brought from an upstairs gallery to the ground floor and described and discussed by the Curator or a docent.  All exhibits are photographed and added to our website after the closing.  We strive to make our programs accessible to all. We maintain an ADA Advisory Board, provide large print materials upon request, have accessible parking and entrances, and an educational, captioned video on John F. Peto and his Studio, which can be viewed in our wheelchair-accessible reception room.  The artist’s Studio itself is also wheelchair-accessible.

For accommodations, please contact the Museum and leave a detailed message with your request by calling 732-929-4949 at least two weeks prior to any program or exhibit.