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The Old Coast Guard Station honors and preserves the history of Virginia's coastal communities and maritime heritage. The scope of the Station's exhibits begins with the Virginia Beach Community and extends to subjects related to Virginia's oceanfront, coastal and water related heritage.
The Old Coast Guard Station is a maritime museum located on the Virginia Beach oceanfront. The museum tells the story of Virginia's coastal communities and maritime heritage.
The museum is a 1903 Life-Saving Service building. Our Lower Gallery focuses on the United States Life-Saving Service, USLSS, which was the precursor to the Coast Guard. The surfmen employeed by USLSS responded to shipwrecks off the coast to try to minimize the loss of life. The museum highlights tools and techniques used by the surfmen to aid in their mission and details why there are no longer active stations.
The museum's Upper Gallery tells the story of shipwrecks in the area as well as some of the surfmen that served in our station. In addition, the story of the Coast Guard during the War Years is detailed including information on beach patrols and U-boats which were seen right off the coast. Continuing back to our lower level, our stairwell honors the proud Virginia Beach Lifeguard heritage.
In addition to these permanent exhibits, the museum also hosts a temporary exhibit that changes every couple months. Topics have included the history of Virginia Beach, the United States Revenue Cutter Service, mascots of the Coast Guard, and more.
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