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Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum

Open Now: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Open today: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Cute little museum

A wide variety of things of interest. History, the evolution of bathing suits, surfing and Virginia... read more

Reviewed November 23, 2018
BrenRNinWestFen
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Fenwick Island, Delaware
via mobile
Virignia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum

This was next to our resort and we paid the $5.00 to vist it. It has all the history of life saving... read more

Reviewed November 14, 2018
Louise T
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Brampton, Canada
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Coastal history is alive and thriving at the Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum. Standing proudly at 24th Street on the Boardwalk, the museum building itself is a Virginia Beach icon on the National Register of Historic Places. Explore lots of fun...more
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2401 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-3203
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Reviewed November 23, 2018 via mobile

A wide variety of things of interest. History, the evolution of bathing suits, surfing and Virginia Beach.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank BrenRNinWestFen
Reviewed November 14, 2018

This was next to our resort and we paid the $5.00 to vist it. It has all the history of life saving on the east coats of the USA. Great plkace to begin the discovery of the area.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank Louise T
William H, Director at Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum, responded to this reviewResponded November 15, 2018

We are so glad that you enjoyed the museum! Thank you for supporting our little jewel on the Virginia Beach boardwalk and we look forward to seeing you again!

Reviewed October 14, 2018 via mobile

The Virginia Beach surf and rescue museum is an excellent place to take your family when visiting the oceanfront in Virginia Beach. It's very informative and there's a wide display of artifacts within the museum to see. Excellent for getting across the power of the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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William H, Director at Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum, responded to this reviewResponded October 17, 2018

Thank you for your visit and thank you for the kind review! We are glad that you were able to enjoy this small treasure on the Virginia Beach boardwalk. We'll be updating and adding to our displays through the year, so please come back to...More

Reviewed October 6, 2018

As an active EMS member I was very interested in this history. Site was very informative and staff were helpful.More

Date of experience: September 2018
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William H, Director at Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum, responded to this reviewResponded October 7, 2018

We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit! Thank you for the kind review. And thank you for your service as an EMS member. This is a part of the Virginia Beach rescue community that we'd like to feature in the museum in the...More

Reviewed September 5, 2018

The museum offers a very interesting look back into the history of lifesaving. The displays are well done & offer learning opportunities for all ages.More

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank Bob O
William H, Director at Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum, responded to this reviewResponded September 6, 2018

Thank you so much for your visit! The history of Life-Saving along this coast is an amazing story of America developing a safety net for the large number of cargo and passenger ships moving in and out of the busy ports. We appreciate your support...More

Reviewed July 24, 2018

We really enjoyed visiting the new museum. The photos of years past plus the gift shop are great. It is Virginia Beach at its best. Old and new.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank prclemens2018
William H, Executive Director at Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum, responded to this reviewResponded July 25, 2018

Virginia Beach old and new; that is a great way to say what we're all about! Thank you for the wonderful review and please stop in to visit again!

Reviewed July 14, 2018

Wow, we had an awesome visit. We spend about 2 hours in the museum. The curator even gave us a special talk about Virginia Beach history. The place seems small, but if you take time to read the stories and ask questions, you can easily...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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William H, Executive Director at Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum, responded to this reviewResponded July 15, 2018

Thank you so much for your review! We are so pleased that you were able to enjoy our little treasure on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk. As a small museum, we are very proud of how much history we share in the two floors of the...More

Reviewed May 29, 2018

This museum is definitely small but interesting. If you live in the area or are just visiting I would recommend stopping by to learn a little bit more about Virginia Beach. The volunteer that was showing my wife and I around was very knowledgeable about...More

Date of experience: June 2017
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Reviewed May 15, 2018

We were not able to access this. It was closed for renovation. It looked interesting to go through, maybe next time.More

Date of experience: May 2018
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William H, Director at Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum, responded to this reviewResponded May 16, 2018

We are so sorry that our doors were closed! We've been hard at work renovating the interior of the 115 year old historic building. Our Grand Opening is next week, on May 24. We'll be open full time from that point. Please stop in on...More

Reviewed May 15, 2018

Closed for renovation can't say much else. we walked around the outside, but there is not much to see.More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Byron P
William H, Director at Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum, responded to this reviewResponded May 16, 2018

We are so sorry that we could not be part of your Virginia Beach vacation! We've been hard at work renovating the interior of the historic building and will be opening again for Memorial Day Weekend. We'll have lots to see and do both inside...More

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