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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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Sun 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

A museum that exhibits early life-saving equipment.

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Small but Powerful

Worth the stop if you have a rain day or not. The staff are very knowledgeable and the museum has just enough to tell coast guard stations history.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
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215 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Worth the stop if you have a rain day or not. The staff are very knowledgeable and the museum has just enough to tell coast guard stations history.

Thank Paris0813
Pavilion, New York
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11 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The United States had a lifesaving service years ago and this display informs about that and the early years of the Coast Guard in Virginia Beach. The museum is dark. Some displays are hard to read in the light provided. I wish we had gone when there was a tour available. I suspect we missed a lot! However, we did... More 

Thank Retiredsmiling
London, On
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174 reviews
69 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

The lighthouse and museum are right on the beach just off of Atlantic and easily gotten to. Being off season there was no line up and we enjoyed a leisurely pace through the museum and gift shop. Staff were very friendly, and the ship wrecks info display on the second floor was fascinating if you had the time, as we... More 

1 Thank Falccros
United States
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73 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

We love history so we were pleased to discover this small museum which is housed in an actual decommissioned US Coast Guard Station. The exhibits and artifacts are interesting but what "made" the visit was the information provided by the tour guide, a retired Navy officer. We came away with a new appreciation for the former US Life-Saving Service and... More 

1 Thank No_GPS_
Sequim, Washington
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13 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

Lots of great information and pictures in the museum. It was fascinating to learn how they used to save the people from ships. The Ghost Tour was fun.

Thank Chumleygirls
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015 via mobile

I spent most of my life with the coast guard and still can get enough of it. It's a small place but full of history about the USCG. Free if your coast guard.

Thank USCG1
Farmington Hills, Michigan
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26 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015

Great tour guide. Went there at noon. Not busy. Large collection of items, each with a unique story. Must see.

Thank David T
Saint Louis, Missouri
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30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2015

It's small and the second floor is not as geared for 'general interest' as the first but it's well worth a visit. You really do need to have the Docent tell you about the exhibits though, otherwise you will leave with very few interesting or enjoyable memories. A most pleasant way to spend an hour or so and gives you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

We decided to go to this museum because we didn't have much else going on. We were very happy we did. The guide was a retired Navy man who was very knowledgeable and obviously enjoyed his duties. The tour could take as long as you wanted with many questions answered.

1 Thank Virginia Y
Hampton, Virginia
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

Rick was very knowledgable during the tour. We decided to stop in as we were taking a walk on the boardwalk.

Thank Kimberly O

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