Old Coast Guard Station

Shipwrecks & Ghost Lore: A Virginia Beach Ghost Walk ~ Tuesdays & Fridays @ 7 pm

Exhibits & Special Events


A Virginia Beach Ghostwalk

ghost towerMay - October
Tuesday & Friday evenings @ 7:00 pm

or year-round by appointment (2 weeks notice) ~ call 757.422.1587

Evening walking program

Join a costumed interpreter as they bring to life true accounts and local legends of shipwrecks, ghosts, pirates and witches. Tours last 60-90 minutes. Tickets $12 Adult, $5 Child (ages 15 and under). Reservations appreciated. Contact the museum Program Director at 757.422.1587 or send an email.

This program is funded in part by the citizens of Virginia Beach through a grant from the City of Virginia Beach Arts and Humanities Commission.

Shipwrecks & Ghost Lore Expansion Map
Use this map as a guide to sites related to our tales of the eerie and tragic.



May 24 - August 14, 2016ark lifeboat

The United States Life-Saving Service was responsible for saving over 177,000 lives during its 44-year existence. Inventors continually canvassed the organization to present their ideas and inventions, with hopes that the government would adopt them. This traveling exhibit, presented by the United States Life-Saving Service Heritage Association, explores some of the more outlandish inventions submitted to the Board on Appliances for consideration.

This exhibit is made possible by a gift from
Fielding Lewis Tyler
The Forrest Family


THE TEMPEST: Storms, Shipwrecks & Shakespeare

August 16 - October 23, 2016shakespeare

In 1609, the ship "Sea Venture" wrecked near Bermuda on its way to Jamestown. It is believed William Shakespeare was inspired by this event when he wrote "The Tempest". Over the following four centuries, hurricanes and savage storms continued to wreck ships along the coast of Virginia (and vicinity). Accentuated with passages from various plays by Shakespeare describing savage storms and shipwrecks such as "The Tempest", "Twelfth Night", and "The Comedy of Errors", the exhibit chronicles selected wrecks, some famous like the sinking of the Bounty replica in 2012 and others less known.

This exhibit is presented in conjunction with the Virginia Shakespeare Initiative, a statewide celebration of Shakespeare's genius and impact.

This exhibit is made possible by a gift from Fielding Lewis Tyler.



Sunday, October 16, 2016
1 - 5 pm
at the Old Coast Guard Station & 24th Street Park

Join us for the best party on the beach and support the museum at our annual fund-raiser.

Tickets on sale now!
$45 Adult
$35 Museum Member & Under 35
$10 Child 6-15


BY THE SEASIDE: The Cronk Family at Cape Henry, 1901 - 1903

October 25, 2016 - January 15, 2017cronk

Dr. Corydon Pirnie Cronk was stationed at the US Weather Bureau at Cape Henry, Virginia at the turn of the 20th century. An avid photographer, Dr. Cronk documented life with his family along this remote stretch of coastline from exploring giant sand dunes to walking on the ice-covered ocean.

This exhibit is made possible by a gift from Fielding Lewis Tyler.



January 17, 2017 - February 28, 2017Radioman

A pictorial exhibit honoring the history of the lives and service of African- Americans in the United States Coast Guard and its predecessor organizations.


*   All exhibits, programs and events take place at the Old Coast Guard Station Museum (2401 Atlantic Ave., Va. Beach) unless otherwise noted.

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