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Bruce Snake Gabrielson's Surf Art Gallery and Museum

5005 Bayside Rd, Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732-4057
+1 240-464-3301
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Revisiting Bruce "Snake" Gabrielson's Surf Art Gallery and Museum

Every spring Bruce comes back with historical goodies from California and Florida, sometimes from... read more

Reviewed 1 May 2017
Silver Spring, Maryland
Second Visit - What a Treat!

Bruce gave me a personal tour.... he's a surfing encyclopedia... what a treat. Showed me his new... read more

Reviewed 27 April 2016
Silver Spring, Maryland
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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 Velzey's original 1950's templates and planer, an original Makaha Skateboard, the first day edition of the Duke Stamp from both Huntington Beach and Waikiki, signed posters from numerous surfing legends, a signed poster from the Wooden Year's exhibit opening at the International Surfing Museum, a set of Rick Griffin drawings, plus paintings and photos from artists and surf photographers from the East and West Coast. Several antique boards are also on display. The museum is located in the offices of the National Surf Schools and Instructors Association. During the summer months the museum is open when the surf isn't great and in the evenings with reservations preferred.
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5005 Bayside Rd, Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732-4057
+1 240-464-3301
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Reviewed 1 May 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

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Reviewed 27 April 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 22 December 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 22 September 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 18 May 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 3 March 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
Reviewed 21 March 2013

We visited the Snake's museum on a cold, dreary day in early March and were instantly transported to sunny southern California. Bruce is so passionate about his sport, and we left with a great appreciation for the history of surfing and how far the sport...More

5  Thank johnmarie1
Reviewed 1 March 2013

I went there to visit and get surf tips but I was surprised at how much surf history was there. Bruce showed me around and educated me on how far back surf culture has impacted people's lives. It also helps that there are some super...More

3  Thank Allyogi
Reviewed 16 February 2013

Bruce is the genuine article; a Huntington Beach transplant who was there for some of the pivotal moments in surf history. He has some rare and unique items in the collection, and can talk story with the best of them. This place is a gem,...More

3  Thank Britt B
Reviewed 17 December 2012

I recently came down to Maryland from NJ for the NSSIA class for surf instructor accreditation. Bruce was great. He gave me a tour of his surf museum and surf shop. Some of the highlights were Dale "The Hawk" Velzy's shaping tools, a signed poster...More

4  Thank Bryan Z
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