Explore the story of the first Lifeguards to be employed at Virginia Beach
Follow the journey of the Norwegian Ship, Dictator, from Florida to a tragic end in Virginia Beach.
Explore life in the early days of Cape Henry.
As COVID-19 events continue to emerge, it’s critical that we stay informed. Here are some resources that may help: World Health Organization https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019 Center for Disease Control and Prevention https://www.cdc.gov/ State of Virginia https://www.virginia.gov/ City of Virginia Beach https://www.vbgov.com/ Johns Hopkins Corona Virus Resource Center https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html Cleveland Clinic Corona Virus FAQ https://my.clevelandclinic.org/landing/preparing-for-coronavirus Sentara Health [...]
This Veterans Day Weekend! The Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum is proud to open a new exhibition! As a former United States Coast Guard Station, the museum has always shared many facets of USCG history. This time around, we are excited to share the story of the Coast Guard's Rescue Swimmer Program. Most [...]
It is a maritime tragedy of such proportion that you might mistake it for something straight out of the 19th Century. A massive ship breaking into pieces, almost an entire crew lost within plain sight of rescuers, and all unfolding only about 30 miles off shore. It didn’t happen in the 1800s, though. It [...]
It's a normal Summer afternoon. A beautiful day. We've already had a steady stream of visitors into the museum. I share the front admissions counter with one of our volunteers. Without notice the front door swiftly, smoothly, gently, opens all the way. Our door swings outward, and the entrance fills with the August heat [...]
The museum has a ghost in the Lookout Tower. We don’t debate this fact any longer. A character has been seen in the tower by folks strolling on the boardwalk since the very first year the institution opened as a museum; 1981. Many dozens of sightings, perhaps it’s more than a hundred now, have [...]
I work with a Millennial. That’s a conversation starter that’ll get an immediate reaction. Those reactions will be widely varied, of course, depending on the age of the folks you're tossing it out to. I confess to entertaining myself at times by making the statement when I’m with folks, how shall I put it, [...]