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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: +1 302-227-6991
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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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If you like a bit of history about earlier sea rescues, this is the place. The house was moved from its original spot but the furnishings and equipment were from the time frame... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Frederick, MD
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Frederick, MD
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you like a bit of history about earlier sea rescues, this is the place. The house was moved from its original spot but the furnishings and equipment were from the time frame. The living history museum allowed you to call on your cell phone and key in the number of the room you wanted to learn about or to... More 

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Ocean View, Delaware
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 30, 2016

We are very fond of Delaware Seashore State Park. Its been more than a few years since our last visit. Last week we saw they were conducting a night time tour under lantern light, complete with a tour of the station, a walk on the beach and a couple of ghost stories. Two young ladies guided the tour, unfortunately I... More 

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Binghamton, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2016 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

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 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016

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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 3, 2016 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 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016

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 105 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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