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Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum at Delaware Seashore State Park

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Address: 25039 Coastal Hwy, Rehoboth Beach, DE 19971-8017
Phone Number: (302) 227-6991
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The Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum is a historic site located...

The Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum is a historic site located within Delaware Seashore State Park. Self-guided tours of the museum are offered year round and provide visitors with the opportunity to learn about the history of the United States Life-Saving Service, precursor to the current day U.S. Coast Guard.Not only is the Indian River Life-Saving Station open for tours, it also acts as the "hub" for all educational and recreational programs held within Delaware Seashore State Park. Programs cover a wide range of topics and activities from local maritime history to guided kayak tours.

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A very enjoyable educational visit

We had a windy cool (a little rain) day, and the lifesaving station became our focal point for the day. We learned a lot about how the rescues at sea worked, particularly the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Binghamton, New York
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Binghamton, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We had a windy cool (a little rain) day, and the lifesaving station became our focal point for the day. We learned a lot about how the rescues at sea worked, particularly the clever floating breeches. The restoration is wonderful with the personal touch of adding personal letters and notes from visitors and notes about injured hunters and sports men.... More 

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Rochester, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The Life Saving Service and its stations along the seaboard have a unique history. They responded to vessels in distress with long boats and great courage. This station has been painstakingly restored and shows the equipment they used and how they lived at the station. The self-guided tour booklet is a great aid in exploring the main floor and and... More 

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Michigan City, Indiana
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This museum has everything to learn about the U.S. lifesaving stations and how they lived and saved lives. The museum has been restored so that you can see how these brave men lived together and worked with limited equipment to salvage sailors and cargo from sinking ships off the coast. Its a self-guided tour that takes about an hour to... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The self-guided tour was beyond my expectations. We had visited life-saving stations before but never before have we come across such a Hands-On well maintained structure. I was very impressed with the original layout and the fact that they kept the original gear in tact. It was so well well maintained from this silverware they used to the lightbulbs in... More 

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Annandale, Virginia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This site will give you an appreciation of the men who risked their lives to save others from shipwrecks along the Delaware coast. Their informal motto was "you have to go out but you don't have to come back." The surfmen were incredible folks who lived in very spartan conditions and faced real danger. This museum gives the visitor some... More 

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Geneva, Switzerland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

The museum has many articles from the 1800's and is set up authentically from the period. The building itself is beautiful for an old life saving station. The Park staff are knowledgeable and willing to answer any questions.

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Lewes, Delaware
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2016

A leisurely self guided (with aid of cell phone) tour. Have taken guests several times and always learn something new. Nice gift shop also.

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Thank esb364
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2016

This is NOT a typical boring museum where you stare at collections of old items stored in some building. This is where you can actually feel the presence of people who used to be here in this large "house" and walk through the very humble space where they lived and worked. It was amazing to learn about these pre-Coast Guard... More 

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New Castle, Delaware
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

I was born and bred in Delaware, now 64 years young, I learned a great deal about Delaware history at the Indian River Life-Saving Station outside of Rehoboth Beach, Delaware! I had NO idea how many lives were saved because of the station! Such a great place to stop by and visit - friendly, knowledge filled staff, amazing blast from... More 

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Norwich, Connecticut
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

The museum is not large and does not take too long to go through, as it just consists of a short introductory film in the main building, then a self guided tour through the life-saving station, with additional data provided by the brochure they give you when you pay. We enjoyed the stop, it was interesting to see and read... More 

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