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Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum

2401 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-3203
+1 757-422-1587
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Awesome museum to learn about Virginia Beach!

Wow, we had an awesome visit. We spend about 2 hours in the museum. The curator even gave us a... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
charlesonmission
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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Interesting small Museum

This museum is definitely small but interesting. If you live in the area or are just visiting I... read more

Reviewed 29 May 2018
hikokijason
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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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 exhibits and a great gift shop right on the boardwalk!
  • Excellent51%
  • Very good36%
  • Average10%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“coast guard” (83 reviews)
“gift shop” (24 reviews)
“life saving” (8 reviews)
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2401 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-3203
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"nice history"
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Reviewed 1 week ago

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 1 week ago

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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Reviewed 25 March 2018

This is one of the places I wanted to visit on my off season trip to Virginia Beach. It was closed for renovations. Definitely check their website to make sure they are open before you go. The grounds were open, so we were able to...More

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Reviewed 22 March 2018

I took this same picture. They have so much to see and do in VA Beach, and this is just one of them that only costs a few dollars ($3 with online coupon). It's right on the ocean front, so it's a convenient way to...More

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Reviewed 26 November 2017

Saved from "hotel-extinction" by local residents, this historic and now one-of-a-kind building, sitting in virtually the same location since 1903, chronicles the heroic feats of brave men of the 1890's and early 1900's as they battled the sea to save shipwrecked passengers and crews. The...More

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Reviewed 22 November 2017

Very interesting collection of rescue items. The museum is right on the boardwalk. Restrooms are very clean.

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