March 2020

Spring means we’re getting back into a regular schedule. We’ll be hope Wednesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm, through March. We continue to work behind the scenes on a long to-do list, such as freshening up gallery displays.

Please join us on Saturday, March 28, for our Norwegian Lady Ceremony & Reception. 12pm to 3pm. Our open house begins at Noon, with the Ceremony taking place at the Norwegian Lady Statue on 25th Street. While at the museum, explore our new Wreck of the Dictator and Norwegian Lady exhibit with artifacts from the famous Dictator cargo ship, and the amazing story of the ship’s figurehead and then bronze Norwegian Lady statues that have forever made Virginia Beach, Virginia and Moss, Norway, Sister Cities. We’ll have a sweet treats and tastings from Cirrus Vodka, along with beer and wine. Thanks to you our sponsors and supporters, this event is free.

Our gracious thank you to the Hinnant Family for bringing us Dusty Hinnant’s original Blake Boards from the 1930’s. Dusty Hinnant is a central figure on shaping the Surf & Rescue community in Virginia Beach and it’s a joy to be able to display these early rescue boards. These are the famous hollow boards using Tom Blake’s patented design from 1931. We know they would were hand built right next door at the Albermarle Hotel, owned by John Smith, who first encouraged Dusty Hinnant to join him in Virginia Beach to help train a new crew of oceanfront lifeguards. Now on loan from the Hinnant family, they will be on display in our main gallery. The loan also includes a rare mid century Jacobs Surf Board.

So get outside and Spring into these warmer temperatures. And be sure to stop at #ThisCoolMuseum to see what’s new.