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

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

Indian River Life-Saving Station Museum at Delaware Seashore State Park
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8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
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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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Yi N
Newark, DE93 contributions
Sep 2021
Very good experience in the regular hours in the day and during the lantern tour.
Website says the museum opens at 8 on Saturday but audio tour is available only starting from 9 on the Delaware Seashore State Park's website. That is not true. The audio tour is available by dialing a number, so I suppose you can try it right now.
In one room, you are told to flip the switch to see the original paint of the house, but if you are visiting in the day and do not know where to look, you'd be very puzzled as I was. Look UP! I hope they have added an arrow there after I talked to them.
Very affordable admission fee, $4 for adults.
Written October 4, 2021
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AlpinerHut
Chantilly, VA1,226 contributions
Jul 2021
It's the audio tour (via your cellphone) that really brings this old life-saving station alive again.

Designed in 1874, the Indian River Life-Saving Station was the base of operations for U.S. Life-Saving Service members responsible for rescuing shipwrecked mariners (and valuable cargo) along the Delaware Coast. After the USLSS merged with the Revenue Cutter Service to form the U.S. Coast Guard in 1915, the Indian River station became a Coast Guard station. Today, it is a museum within Delaware Seashore State Park.

The audio tour leads you room by room. There's a restored rescue boat inside the building and a weathered one outside. You see where the men worked, slept and ate. It was a dangerous life, illustrated by their slogan: "You have to go out, but you don't have to come back." Place settings were always kept on the kitchen table, promising the men a good meal if they DID make it back!

TIPS:

* It's a very short walk from the museum to a nice beach behind the dunes (though I don't believe the beach has lifeguards unless you're counting on some USLSS ghosts).

* A short distance south on Coastal Highway, there's an interesting bridge over Indian River Inlet.
Written August 2, 2021
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Curt K
New Castle, DE1,439 contributions
Oct 2020
My wife and I visited the Life Saving Station Museum at Indian River recently. The fee is nominal to get in and is worth it to help keep this historic site available to the public. We learned a lot about what these surfmen did and how they saved those people shipwrecked off the coast. We learned their techniques and the equipment they used. A tour of the building gave us a first hand view on what their lives were like. Great place.
Written October 5, 2020
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WJR1948
4 contributions
Aug 2019
Learned all.about life saving techniques in early Delare. Equipment was interesting and displays and equipment were informative. Good for adults as well as children.
Written December 26, 2019
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Gwen2014375
Gaithersburg16 contributions
Oct 2019
Great location on the beach; the building was closed when I went so check the hours. Still walking on the beach is great!
Written October 27, 2019
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JohnBCowgill
Washington DC, DC802 contributions
Jul 2019
It is a nice stopover place to see. It is not set up exactly like a life saving spot, but it tells you much about life saving.
Written September 24, 2019
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wilsonoldie
Lima, OH67 contributions
Aug 2019 • Solo
Definitely a hidden gem. I utilized the cell phone audio tour and it had so much information about the difficult job these brave men did. Absolutely worth the $4 admission price!
Written August 26, 2019
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PensandSteelersFan
Pittsburgh377 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
We have passed this museum for many years and finally had the opportunity to stop.There is a small fee to enter. First you watch a short film about the history of the life-saving station. After that you are able to go on a self -guided tour of the actual life-saving station museum. There are rooms depicting the sleeping quarters, kitchen and pantry. Information to read is also provided. There is a great view of the beach to give you an idea of what the men viewed while watching for ship wrecks. The museum was quite educational and interesting.
Written July 28, 2019
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1943megyeri
Washington DC, DC103 contributions
Jul 2019 • Couples
So educational and historical that it should be a must as you travel between Rehoboth Beach, DE and Bethany Beach, DE. Built in 1876, this is the service forerunner of the Coast Guard. These life-saving stations were built along the coast to rescue sailors and cargo from shipwrecks. The “surfmen” served mostly during the stormy season of Sept. to April each year. This particular station was in use until 1962 when it was destroyed by storm damage and has been restored. The objects inside date from 1905 so visitors can learn how these men lived, how they trained, and what conditions were like when they served as they patrolled the beaches day and night in shifts. One learns of the numbers of sailors and ships they saved, how the distressed were brought onto shore and how the men’s food and supplies were replenished. Periodically now during the summer months, volunteers re-enact actual rescues and the Lyle gun is fired that sent rescue equipment out to sea and shuttled passengers and cargo from the ship to the beach. Coston flares, patrol clocks, uniforms, a surfboat, a beach cart, flags, pantry items, sleeping quarters, a telephone and old icebox are on display to show what life was like for these men who served months at a time walking up and down the coast and watching the horizon. The dedication of Washington Vickers, the keeper in charge of the station for many years, is remarkable for he personified the motto of the station which was “You have to go out, but you don’t have to come back!”
Written July 19, 2019
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TravelCareer
Annapolis, MD11 contributions
Jun 2019 • Couples
Drawn to the museum by the architecture and the likely possibility it was once a real lighthouse and not a replica. It was actually a Life Saving Station in it's original location except for being moved back due to a shrinking shoreline. The story of the heros who worked there and risked their lives and sacrificed time away from their families to save others is amazing. I highly recommend the self guided audio tour which is available by using your phone. An interesting rainy day or break from the sun activity at the beach.
Written June 22, 2019
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