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Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum

2401 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-3203
+1 757-422-1587
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Unique place with amazing history

Saved from "hotel-extinction" by local residents, this historic and now one-of-a-kind building... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Kansas City, Missouri
Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum

Very interesting collection of rescue items. The museum is right on the boardwalk. Restrooms are... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
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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 exhibits and a great gift shop right on the boardwalk!
  • Excellent52%
  • Very good36%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“life saving” (11 reviews)
“gift shop” (25 reviews)
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2401 Atlantic Ave, Virginia Beach, VA 23451-3203
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Saved from "hotel-extinction" by local residents, this historic and now one-of-a-kind building, sitting in virtually the same location since 1903, chronicles the heroic feats of brave men of the 1890's and early 1900's as they battled the sea to save shipwrecked passengers and crews. The...More

Thank CountyLimerick
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very interesting collection of rescue items. The museum is right on the boardwalk. Restrooms are very clean.

Thank fillupone
Reviewed 5 November 2017 via mobile

Fabulous gift shop with art, pottery, photography. Didn’t have time for the museum but the gift shop is a best kept secret. Much better than the the typical tacky tourist stuff.More

Thank expandyourhorizons10
William H, Director at Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 7 November 2017

Thank you for visiting our gift shop! We pride ourselves in working with Virginia Beach artisans and truly enjoy sharing their creations with our many visitors. We are glad that you discovered our wonderful shop, and appreciate you sharing your experience. We certainly don't want...More

Reviewed 24 October 2017

Great location - right on the boardwalk. A step back in time to sailing ships and the dangers at sea!

Thank Nyr4
Reviewed 11 October 2017

A wonderful collection of life saving equipment from days gone by. The old record books were impressive to me. Some videos to watch. If you like history, don't miss it!

Thank Deb P
William H, Director at Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum, responded to this reviewResponded 13 October 2017

We are so glad that you enjoyed your visit! Please come back to see us again!

Reviewed 3 October 2017

Not all of our group wanted to go in and take this tour. But we were all glad we did. The docent really knew her stuff and helped us understand the history of so many ship wrecks along the east coast. The admission fee helps...More

Thank DogWorld
Reviewed 28 September 2017 via mobile

This is a small museum but it was time well spent on family holiday as we came across it walking along the Virginia beach boardwalk. We ended up in Virginia Beach because we were evacuated from Cape Hatteras due to a hurricane. The staff were...More

Thank Rita C
Reviewed 22 September 2017 via mobile

Stopped in for a quick trip thru the museum. I'm a big lighthouse and history guru so this stop was a must. The young girl at tge front desk was so sweet! Marty was fantastic tellin the story of the search and rescue efforts and...More

Thank Britney987
Reviewed 16 September 2017

This small building is a jewel of information on the creation of rescues on Virginia beach from ship wrecks. 5,000 to be exact from storms, wrecks at sea, and running aground on sand bars. The docent was full of information but not very personable for...More

Thank Sharon B
Reviewed 27 August 2017 via mobile

Located in the old Coast guard station and right off the board walk. This a quick little walk through museum with nice area history. With all the coupon books around it was easy to find a way to knock off a couple bucks from the...More

Thank Rick A
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