Exhibits & Special Events - Collections and Exhibits
The Old Coast Guard Station is housed in a 1903 Life-Saving / Coast Guard Station. There are two floors of exhibits. The Lower Gallery is housed in the old boat room and tells the story of the Life-Saving Service. Exhibits depict rescue equipment and methods and an interactive exhibit shows why and how ships and seamanship have developed through the years. In addition, a Changing Exhibits display is located in the Lower Gallery.
The surfmen slept on the second floor of the building, which is now the Upper Gallery. Here you will find tales of Virginia shipwrecks, the Battle of the Atlantic in World War II, and view short films depicting Coast Guard rescue methods and Virginia Beach history.