Old Coast Guard Station



"Ah! what pleasant visions haunt me as I gaze upon the sea! All the old romantic legends, all my dreams, come back to me." Henry Wadsworth Longfellow


Exhibits & Special Events

EXHIBIT

AFRICAN-AMERICANS IN THE COAST GUARD

January 6 - March 15, 2015Radioman

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

SPYGLASS SPEAKER SERIES *

The 'Honorable and Ancient' Cutter Bear: A History

Tuessday, January 27, 2015
7:00 PM
Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library
4100 Virginia Beach Blvd., Va. Beach, VA 23452

Guest Speaker: Dr. William Thiesen, Atlantic Area Historian, USCG

Free admission ~ Donations appreciated

SPYGLASS SPEAKER SERIES *

African-American Heroes: Special Screening of Rescue Men

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
7:00 PM
Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library
4100 Virginia Beach Blvd., Va. Beach, VA 23452

Film: Rescue Men: The Story of the Pea Island Life-Savers

The 60-minute film chronicles the Pea Island Surfmen, who overcame post-Reconstruction racism to become the nation's only all black Life-Saving crew and ranked among its most courageous.

See the trailer. DVDx available in the museum store.

Free admission  ~ Donations appreciated

EXHIBIT

WOMEN IN THE US COAST GUARD

March 17 - May 17, 2015

Whether in a supporting role or blazing new trails, women have always played an important role in the history of the Coast Guard and its predecessors. Highlights include famous female lighthouse keepers and the SPARs of WWII.

SPYGLASS SPEAKER SERIES *

Legacy of the SPARS: Women in the Modern Day Coast Guard

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
7:00 PM
Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library
4100 Virginia Beach Blvd., Va. Beach, VA 23452

Guest Speaker: TBD

Free admission ~ Donations appreciated

SPYGLASS SPEAKER SERIES *

After the Titanic: The Coast Guard and the International Ice Patrol

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
7:00 PM
Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library
4100 Virginia Beach Blvd., Va. Beach, VA 23452

Guest Speaker: CAPT Martin Moynihan, USCG (Ret.)

Free admission ~ Donations appreciated

SPYGLASS SPEAKER SERIES *

The Sinking of the HMS Bounty

Tuesday, May 12, 2015
7:00 PM
Meyera E. Oberndorf Central Library
4100 Virginia Beach Blvd., Va. Beach, VA 23452

Guest Speaker: TBD

Free admission ~ Donations appreciated

EXHIBIT

THE REVENUCE CUTTER SERVICE

May 19 - August 9, 2015

The ships, men and missions of the US Revenue Cutter Service, a predecessor the the Coast Guard, from 1790 to 1914.

PROGRAM

SHIPWRECKS & GHOST LORE

Calendar -hydeSpring dates TBA

7:30 PM

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 6-12). 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.

PROGRAM

STORY TIME

Every Wednesday & Thursday in June, July & August
11:00 AM
or by appointment

Join us for a storybook reading, activities and fun! For ages 3-9, must be accompanied by an adult. Program included in regular museum admission. Please call to confirm time and date. Reservations appreciated. Contact the museum Program Director at 757.422.1587 or send an email.

PROGRAM

SHIPWRECKS & GHOST LORE

Calendar -hydeEvery Tuesday & Thursday in June, July & August
7:30 PM
or by appointment

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 6-12). 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.

EXHIBIT

THE COAST GUARD BEACH PATROL IN WWII

August 11 - October 25, 2015Beach Patrol

On June 13, 1942, a German U-boat deposited four Nazi spies on the beach at Long Island, New York. Fear of more saboteurs or even a full force invasion on the American mainland led to preparations for military defense of our lands and waters.

The Coast Guard was charged wtih securing and patrolling the beaches of the East, West, and Gulf Coasts. To aid the men in their duties, the Coast Guard utilized boats, jeeps, lookout towers and some unorthodox aids for a sea-going force - dogs and horses. This exhibit takes a closer look at this unique moment in Coast Guard history, when Coasties road horseback.

PROGRAM

SHIPWRECKS & GHOST LORE

Calendar -hydeEvery Friday night  in September and October
7:00 PM

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 6-12). 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.

EVENT

ANNUAL PIG & OYSTER FEST

Date: TBA

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

EXHIBIT

THE US COAST GUARD - TODAY

October 27, 2015 - January 3, 2016CG boats

Today's US Coast Guard, with nearly 42,000 mean and women on active duty, is a unique force that carries out an array of civil and military responsibilities touching almost every facet of the US maritime environment. This exhibit explores the multi-missions of the US Coast Guard to protect the public, the environment, and US economic and security interests in any martime region in which those interests may be a risk, including international waters and America's coasts, ports and inland waterways.

EVENT

MINGLE & JINGLE OPEN HOUSE

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Join us for hot cider and cookies as we celebrate the Holidays. 10% off everything (except consignment items) in the museum store.



*   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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