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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 "not to miss" site

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
George S
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Annandale, Virginia
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Annandale, Virginia
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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 103 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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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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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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Baltimore, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

Fun for the younger kids. Very interesting to learn about the history of lifesaving. Our Wee One (4) got a little upset with the intro video (6 minutes) due to the discussions of people drowning. Reasonably priced, easy visit.

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Ocean View, Delaware
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Take your time exploring this small museum that gives a glimpse into the unusual lives of the men who manned life-saving stations. It takes a good hour to do this thoughtfully. Enjoy the short video and when exploring the station take the time to read the letters and information on the walls in the men's quarters. The boat and breeches... More 

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Frederick, Maryland
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Very informative information about the this particular Life Saving Station and the people that worked it. It will take about 30 max to good through the whole thing with a 6 minutes movie to start..

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Thank Phillip L
Ocean City, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

Excellent restoration of historic buildings. The staff is very helpful and friendly. I really enjoyed the breeches buoy demonstration which is held regularly through the summer.

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