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Old Coast Guard Station

24th Street & Boardwalk, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
757 422 1587
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: History Museums, Specialty Museums
Description: A museum that exhibits early life-saving equipment.
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English first
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

Our tour guide added a great personality to our tour of the Old Coast Guard Station! He got my young son involved. The history seems incredibly personal. Museum is reasonably priced and you are given a lot of information.

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North Central, Mass.
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Small museum right on the boardwalk, good for: 1 History buffs. 2. Sea going buffs. 3. To get out of the rain. 4. To get out of the sun! I am 1 and 2, so didn't need 3 or 4 to lure me in. $4 PER Person entry fee, some cite $8 in other reviews. For that price, I would... More

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Chesapeake, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This is a very nice museum in the heart of Virginia Beach. It tells the story of the life saving stations and personnel along the East Coast who responded to ships in distress. Fascinating look at a bygone era and the hearty people who undertook this duty in isolation and under the worst weather conditions. Upstairs has a nice overview... More

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Richmond, Virginia
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Lots of great history and pictures! This attraction is also very kid friendly. It is right next to the beach, so it is convenient to visit on your way to the ocean, or as a trip by itself.

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Struthers, Ohio
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2014

This was something I found interesting as I am a bit of a history buff. My fiancé and I both loved it! There were a lot of cool pieces and photos I had never seen before and the guide we had (Carl, I think) was wonderful! He was very knowledgeable and friendly. We had a good time and I would... More

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Richmond, Virginia
Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Very good depiction of a history of which few are aware. Interesting artifacts and equipment along with excellent explanations. I have been to the museum several times during previous trips to the beach.

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Front Royal, Virginia
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
5 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Grounds outside building were nice and easy accessible to the handicapped! Wonderful history about C.G. and it's role with water rescue and pictures too! Love the guy at the door!(old sailor)

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Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
8 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 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.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 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.

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Ontario's Highlands, Canada
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43 reviews 43 reviews
19 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 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.

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