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Old Coast Guard Station Museum
2401 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA 23451

Old Coast Guard Station Museum


Rest and relaxation are not the only things you can find at the beach. How about some history?

The Old Coast Guard station holds 1800 artifacts and 1000 photos of United States Life Saving and Coast Guard Services, along with a library filled with books, papers, and oral histories. When I went inside there were two floors housing all of this information, they called it the Upper and Lower Gallery.

The Lower Gallery exhibits all of the life saving equipment used and how each piece was used.

The Upper Gallery contains images and articles that tell the story of the shipwrecks that occurred in the past, it also tells the story of the Battle of the Atlantic in World War II. They had something called the TowerCam, unfortunately I did not know about it till after I left, but basically they have a setup in the Upper Gallery where you can actually control a camera viewing the beachfront from a touchscreen console.

During my trip there my wife and I managed to pick up some souvenirs from the gift shop, where you can find anything from T-Shirts to postcards. We were informed we could receive discounts for admission and at the gift shop if you are a member. Information about the museum, admission, and membership can be found at www.oldcoastguardstation.com.

As we made our way outside we walked through a courtyard that had a small stage where they held events during the summer. A great end to a very informative trip through the Museum.