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Old Coast Guard Station

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Address: 24th Street & Boardwalk, Virginia Beach, VA 23451
Phone Number: 757 422 1587
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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Description: A museum that exhibits early life-saving equipment.

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Fabulous Nautical History

This museum is located inside an old 1902 US Lifesaving Service (later US Coast Guard) Station building. Their themes change throughout the year, offering a wide variety of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
Mary G
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015

This museum is located inside an old 1902 US Lifesaving Service (later US Coast Guard) Station building. Their themes change throughout the year, offering a wide variety of displays of Nautical, US Revenue Cutter Service (precursor to the US Coast Guard), US Lifesaving Service, and US Coast Guard history. There are displays on the ground and upper floors, with a... More 

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Reedville, Virginia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

We happened upon this little museum on accident as a family, and LOVED it so much we organized a field trip for our homeschool group back home. I have since been 3 times and I learn new things each time I go. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!

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Baltimore, Maryland
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

There's surprisingly a lot of interesting stuff to see here even though it's a little small. And it's the kind of things you probably haven't seen in other museums. There's a small price, but when you step outside and see all the hi-rises on your right and left up the beach, you kind of feel like you're doing your part... More 

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Afton, Virginia
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

I liked learning some local history here. Local art paintings and jewelry for sale at good prices. An oasis of small proportion, dwarfed between the tall seaside buildings.

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Dover, De
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

This is our third visit here. Always interesting. We had a tour with the very knowledgeable guide who told a lot of interesting stories about the history of the coast guard station.

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Roanoke
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

For a small admission fee, you can learn about the history of the Coast Guard and its part in protecting Virginia Beach and the surrounding area, and climb to the second floor and use the telescope to see the ocean right out the door and a close-up of any passing cargo-liners or fishing trollers. The quaint gift shop offers a... More 

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Placerville, California
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50 reviews 50 reviews
6 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

Old Coast Guard Station is a fascinating museum on the history of the Life Saving Service. The photos and relics detail the arduous life of the surf rescue events. Well worth the time.

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Shapleigh, Maine
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15 reviews 15 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

There was lots of information here that I did not know about how the coast guard started as well as how important it was for them to man the stations along the coast. There was some great exhibits and movies. You can easily spend a couple of hours here so it is well worth the cost.

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Ripley, New York
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14 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

Visited here the week after labor Day. The station is small but packed full. We arrived to start in the middle of the tour and then hear the beginning. The guide was well versed in his subject and took any questions. The movies upstairs did not all work. The gift store is small but has unique items

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Covington, Georgia
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014 via mobile

The museum is very educational and the gift shop has very pretty and interesting suvineers. It's a good spot for some new pics. As a coastie family we loved it.

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