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Bruce Snake Gabrielson's Surf Art Gallery and Museum

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One of a kind & "MUST SEE!!" on your travels to Washington DC area

Chesapeake Beach Town is nestled on western shore of Chesapeake Bay and is a beautiful beach side... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
808makaha01
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Honolulu, Hawaii
GREAT TIME

Took my niece who is 17 and loves surfing. Bruce was an amazing guy-gives his all and personally... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
silvermspirit2
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Saint Leonard, Maryland
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3 weeks ago
“One of a kind & "MUST SEE!!" on your travels to Washington DC area”
3 weeks ago
“GREAT TIME”
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Recognized as a top cultural site by the Maryland Department of Tourism, this free museum contains several rare historical artifacts from the surfing world collected by surfing legend Bruce Gabrielson over a 60 year period. Displays include Dale...more
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5005 Bayside Rd, Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732-4057
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+1 240-464-3301
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Chesapeake Beach Town is nestled on western shore of Chesapeake Bay and is a beautiful beach side town to visit. Once we arrived at the museum we discovered a unique and special place which encompass a wide range of surfing history from Duke Kahanamoku to...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Took my niece who is 17 and loves surfing. Bruce was an amazing guy-gives his all and personally shows you everything. He is funny and a wealth of knowledge. Has some great sculptures and history and wonderful stories.

1  Thank silvermspirit2
Reviewed June 27, 2018 via mobile

Stopped by on a whim and was greeted by Bruce. He stopped what he was doing and showed us his wonderful museum. Such wonderful surf history by one of the great shapers and surfers. His passion is evident in his collection. What a great guy....More

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Reviewed November 10, 2017 via mobile

Such and amazing time at Bruce "Snake" Gabielson's Surf Art Gallery and Museum. If you ever get the chance, schedule a visit. Bruce is an outstanding surfer and shaper from Hunnington Beach, CA, and has amazing knowledge of surfing history and life style. So much...More

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Reviewed May 1, 2017

Every spring Bruce comes back with historical goodies from California and Florida, sometimes from around the world! He showed us his new exhibits including a Duke "Big Kahuna" Kahanamoku trophy by the late John Kelly. Circa 1920's! What a treat to hang out and learn...More

1  Thank TazTamakiHofmann
Reviewed April 27, 2016

Bruce gave me a personal tour.... he's a surfing encyclopedia... what a treat. Showed me his new collection he just brought back from California... So stoked! If you should visit, ask him to show you his personal surfing contest trophies that he's won!

1  Thank TazTamakiHofmann
Reviewed December 22, 2015

My wife and took a road trip out of the Metro-DC area and found Bruce "Gabrielson's Surf and Art Gallery and Museum. As surfing enthusiasts, we were stoked! Bruce gave us a personal tour through the museum and gave us a history synopsis of surfing!...More

1  Thank TazTamakiHofmann
Reviewed September 22, 2015 via mobile

If you're a surfer it is a must visit museum. Bruce is passionate about what he does and he his a living surf historian. Bruce is an all around great guy. Highly recommended.

2  Thank Allxznder
Reviewed May 18, 2015

How interesting to travel to the Chesapeake and meet an ole 60's surfer - with a museum at his home. The little museum at his home is full of memorabilia from the popular surfing song groups, boards and even skate boards! Bruce is passionate about...More

2  Thank Brenda S
Reviewed March 3, 2015

This is an amazing collection of surfing history and memorabilia - to find it on the East Coast is even more amazing. From the first wetsuit to early surf boards, this museum has everything surfing you could imagine. The best part of the museum is...More

3  Thank carl0086
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