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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 museum's two galleries depict the history of the United States Life-Saving and Coast Guard Services and shipwrecks on the Virginia Coast.
The Old Coast Guard Station is housed in the most important artifact in the museum's collection: the 1903 Life-Saving Station.
It houses a collection of 1,800 artifacts and over 1,000 photographic images of the United States Life-Saving and Coast Guard Services, and the resort community of Virginia Beach. There is also an on-site research library containing books, papers and oral histories. The museum overlooks the Atlantic Ocean along the Boardwalk at 24th Street within the popular resort city of Virginia Beach, Virginia. This historic Life-Saving/Coast Guard Station is a Virginia Historic Landmark also on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Old Coast Guard Station is pleased to make its facilities available for social and business events. Ideally located on the Virginia Beach oceanfront, the museum is perfect for an intimate, cozy gathering. We strongly suggest interested parties schedule an appointment to visit the museum and make sure the facilities are right for your event. Call 757-422-1587 or contact us.
As a museum housing a priceless and irreplaceable collection, we have a special responsibility to ensure not just for the safety of our visitors but also that of the artifacts in our care. The following regulations have been designed to make certain we are able to do so.