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“Nice history spot”

Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum
Ranked #11 of 124 things to do in Virginia Beach
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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!
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105 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Nice history spot”
Reviewed 26 May 2014 via mobile

This is a great stop to learn some local Virginia Beach and maritime history. They have some wonderful artifacts and great volunteer docents to help tell the story. The building that the museum is located in is a great piece of history to see in itself. It's small, but definitely recommended.

Visited August 2013
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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51 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Nice way to dodge the rain”
Reviewed 26 May 2014

Fascinating part of history and hard to imagine in this day of GPS and Satellite recon, but there was a time when people had to walk the beach during storms and search for wrecks! We ducked into this place during a cloudburst at VB and thoroughly enjoyed our tour and the peek into the time that was.

Visited March 2014
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Ontario's Highlands, Canada
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60 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Nice little piece of history”
Reviewed 20 May 2014

We had the opportunity to spend and hour or so on a tour of the museum with Captain Carl. He is very knowledgeable about the Coast Guard history and of the area and seamanship and added a lot of depth to the material and made the visit very enjoyable.

Visited May 2014
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Woolmer Green Stevenage
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81 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“A Little Gem of Place”
Reviewed 17 May 2014

We half stumbled into this place unsure of what it would hold. We were greeted by a retired US sub-mariner guide who was very knowledgeable about the history of the area and its nautical history. A fascinating talk about WW2 sinkings and he was quite amused and fully agreed with me when I said that in WW2 the USA had been told by the British that convoys were essential and they thought that they knew better and had ignored the advice at their cost! I still find it incredible that the towns near to the coast had all of their lights on, the German submarines would come very close to the shore and spot the shipping that were iluminated by these lights. So the rescue facilities were unfortunately well used. There are lots of displays such as a Breacher's Buoy, information of earlier ship wrecks, rescues and the start of the coastguard service.

So although the museum is relatively small, it heaves with interesting things and the rich nautical history of the area - that is brought to life by the knowledgeable guide. I felt that it was touching that apparently last year they had a big exhibition on the UK's RNLI.

Visited April 2014
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 May 2014

Gives a good view of the history in the VB area. Was interesting to see and the price was good. Building is small though, can be congested if large groups are touring.

Visited May 2014
Thank Matt O
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