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Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum

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An excellent museum

The Virginia Beach surf and rescue museum is an excellent place to take your family when visiting... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
gadgetguy63
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Madison, Wisconsin
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As an active EMS member I was very interested in this history. Site was very informative and staff... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Andrea K
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Coastal history is alive and thriving at the Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum. Standing proudly at 24th Street on the Boardwalk, the museum building itself is a Virginia Beach icon on the National Register of Historic Places. Explore lots of fun...more
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2401 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-3203
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The Virginia Beach surf and rescue museum is an excellent place to take your family when visiting the oceanfront in Virginia Beach. It's very informative and there's a wide display of artifacts within the museum to see. Excellent for getting across the power of the...More

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William H, Director at Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thank you for your visit and thank you for the kind review! We are glad that you were able to enjoy this small treasure on the Virginia Beach boardwalk. We'll be updating and adding to our displays through the year, so please come back to...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

As an active EMS member I was very interested in this history. Site was very informative and staff were helpful.More

Thank Andrea K
William H, Director at Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit! Thank you for the kind review. And thank you for your service as an EMS member. This is a part of the Virginia Beach rescue community that we'd like to feature in the museum in the...More

Reviewed 5 September 2018

The museum offers a very interesting look back into the history of lifesaving. The displays are well done & offer learning opportunities for all ages.More

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William H, Director at Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 6 September 2018

Thank you so much for your visit! The history of Life-Saving along this coast is an amazing story of America developing a safety net for the large number of cargo and passenger ships moving in and out of the busy ports. We appreciate your support...More

Reviewed 24 July 2018

We really enjoyed visiting the new museum. The photos of years past plus the gift shop are great. It is Virginia Beach at its best. Old and new.

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William H, Executive Director at Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 25 July 2018

Virginia Beach old and new; that is a great way to say what we're all about! Thank you for the wonderful review and please stop in to visit again!

Reviewed 14 July 2018

Wow, we had an awesome visit. We spend about 2 hours in the museum. The curator even gave us a special talk about Virginia Beach history. The place seems small, but if you take time to read the stories and ask questions, you can easily...More

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William H, Executive Director at Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 15 July 2018

Thank you so much for your review! We are so pleased that you were able to enjoy our little treasure on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk. As a small museum, we are very proud of how much history we share in the two floors of the...More

Reviewed 29 May 2018

This museum is definitely small but interesting. If you live in the area or are just visiting I would recommend stopping by to learn a little bit more about Virginia Beach. The volunteer that was showing my wife and I around was very knowledgeable about...More

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Reviewed 15 May 2018

We were not able to access this. It was closed for renovation. It looked interesting to go through, maybe next time.More

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William H, Director at Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 16 May 2018

We are so sorry that our doors were closed! We've been hard at work renovating the interior of the 115 year old historic building. Our Grand Opening is next week, on May 24. We'll be open full time from that point. Please stop in on...More

Reviewed 15 May 2018

Closed for renovation can't say much else. we walked around the outside, but there is not much to see.More

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William H, Director at Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 16 May 2018

We are so sorry that we could not be part of your Virginia Beach vacation! We've been hard at work renovating the interior of the historic building and will be opening again for Memorial Day Weekend. We'll have lots to see and do both inside...More

Reviewed 2 May 2018

Very interesting life guard station and rescue museum on the ocean at Virginia Beach. Documents sea rescues with exhibits.More

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William H, Executive Director at Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 3 May 2018

Thank you so much for your kind review. The museum is proud to display a pretty neat history of Surf & Rescue along our beautiful coast. We are continuously developing displays and exploring new ways of connecting the past to today. If you are in...More

Reviewed 29 April 2018 via mobile

I was super excited to visited this Old Coast Guard Station but didn’t have the times for Sunday so I thought I had to wait until 12 to go in. When I got back they were still closed. There is a super small sign on...More

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William H, Executive Director at Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 1 May 2018

Thank you so much for your review. It sure is a bummer that the Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum is currently closed for renovations. It is a huge amount of work to renovate the historic structure's interior and everyone is excited how bigger, brighter,...More

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