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Exhibits & Special Events

SURFMEN MEMORIAL SERVICE

January 8, 2014
10:00 AM
* Tabernacle United Methodist Church, 1265 Sandbridge Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23456

Five surfmen from the Dam Neck Mills and Little Island Life-Saving Stations lost their lives while attempting to rescue the crew of the ill-fated clipper Elizabeth on January 8, 1887. Join the Old Coast Guard Station, United States Coast Gaurd, and Community of Virginia Beach as we remember and honor our fallen heroes.

AFRICAN-AMERICANS IN THE COAST GUARD

January 29 - March 16, 2014Radioman

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

Join us each Saturday in February at 2:00 PM for screenings of the award-winning documentary 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. DVDs available in the museum store.

SPYGLASS SPEAKER SERIES

Pioneers of American Diversity: African-Americans in the US Coast Guard

Thursday, February 20, 2014
7:00 PM

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

Free admission, light refreshments, RSVP encourages 757-422-1587

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OUR TOWN: Interpretations of Historic Virginia Beach Art Show & Sale

March 18 - May 5, 2014

A juried exhibit of originial artwork inspired by the historic cross-section of cultures found in the Virginia Beach oceanfront communities and beyond. $1000 "Best in Show" award will be selected by a guest judge. A "People's Choice" recognition will also be awarde at the opening reception.

Opening Reception
Friday, March 21
6-8 PM

Click here for information regarding submitting artwork.

SPYGLASS SPEAKER SERIES

OPERATION: DEEP FREEZE and Other Coast Guard Polar Missions

Thursday, March 20, 2014
7:00 PM

Guest Speaker: Command Master Chief Rick Brown, USCG (Ret.)

Free admission, light refreshments, RSVP encourages 757-422-1587

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SPYGLASS SPEAKER SERIES

Drug Chasers on the High Seas: Coast Guard Law Enforcement Detachments

Thursday, March 27, 2014
7:00 PM

Guest Speaker: Command Master Chief Jim LaBarre, USCG (Ret.)

Free admission, light refreshments, RSVP encourages 757-422-1587

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SPYGLASS SPEAKER SERIES

Sailing America's Tall Ship: The Coast Guard Cutter Eagle

Thursday, April 24, 2014
7:00 PM

SOLD OUT

Guest Speaker: Marty Moynihan, USCG (Ret.), USCGC Eagle Commanding Officer 1980-83

Free admission, light refreshments, RSVP encourages 757-422-1587

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SHIPWRECKS & GHOST LORE

Calendar -hydeFriday, May 2
Friday, May 16
Friday, May 30

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.

U.S. COAST GUARD MASCOTS

May 6 - June 29, 2014mascot

Since mankind first took to the seas, early seafarers brought along animals with them on board the ships for many reasons - a source of food, to fight rodent infestations, to search for food on distant shores or for companionship. This new exhibit focuses on the Coast Guard and the mascots they have brought along on their voyages.

Family Fun Day
Saturday, June 14, 2014

SPYGLASS SPEAKER SERIES

Sailing America's Tall Ship: The Coast Guard Cutter Eagle

Thursday, May 15, 2014
7:00 PM

Guest Speaker: Marty Moynihan, USCG (Ret.), USCGC Eagle Commanding Officer 1980-83

Free admission, light refreshments, RSVP encourages 757-422-1587

Program flier

** PIRATE PARTY ON THE BEACH

web pirateMay 17 - 18
17th Street Park

Presented by our community partners - BeachEvents and The Moody Crewe - this family-freindly event features two days of activities designed to bring our the "priate in everyone! Costume contests, games, a treasure hunt, pirate re-enactors, and movie on the beach all combine to celebrate those scallywags we all wish we could be: priates!

 

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.

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.

FAMILY FUN DAY

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Meet our new mascot and special guests throughout the summer with crafts and activities for the whole family to enjoy at the oceanfront. Activities and crafts on the lawn free and open to the public.

LIFEGUARDS

July 1 - August 31, 2014

Details coming soon!

FAMILY FUN DAY

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Meet our new mascot and special guests throughout the summer with crafts and activities for the whole family to enjoy at the oceanfront. Activities and crafts on the lawn free and open to the public.

USLA 50TH ANNIVERSARY MUSTER @ 2014 NATIONALS - Lifeguard Reunion

Friday, August 8, 2014
6:30 - 9:00 PM

Join lifeguards past and present from Virginia Beach and around the Nation as they gather to reminisce during the 2014 USLA National Lifeguard Championships in Virginia Beach.

Tickets: $12 advance sale   -   $17 at the gate

FAMILY FUN DAY

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Meet our new mascot and special guests throughout the summer with crafts and activities for the whole family to enjoy at the oceanfront. Activities and crafts on the lawn free and open to the public.

THE LEGENDARY LYNNHAVEN OYSTER

September 2 - November 2, 2014

 "The 'best oysters in the world' are caught in the Lynnhaven River." (Harrison Burton, Norfolk Virginian, 1877.) In the past 100 years, the population of the native Virginia oyster has fallen dramatically due to over-harvesting, disease and poor water quality. This exhibit, made possible by a partnership between The Old Coast Guard Station and Lynnhaven River NOW, looks at the history and restoration of this legendary species.

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.

ANNUAL PIG & OYSTER FEST

Saturday, October 4, 2014
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
24th Street Park, Va Beach Oceanfront

Join us for the best party on the beach and support the museum at our annual fund-raiser. Live entertainment! Tickets go on sale July 15. Call 757.422.1587 for more information.

 

BREWS & SPIRITS - Membership Drive

Friday, October 31, 2014
6:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Join us for spooky Halloween Fun!
Special Tours of Shipwrecks & Ghost Lore ~ Paranormal Investigations of the Station ~ Fortune Telling ~ Craft Beer

Tickets:
$10 Museum Member
$25 Adult - includes new annual museum membership (individual level)
available at the museum - 757.422.1587

THE REVENUE CUTTER SERVICE AND THE WAR OF 1812

November 4, 2014 - January 4, 2015

This exhibit chronicles the mission and heroic deeds of the Coast Guard's predecessor during the Second American Revolution.



 2013

GOOD JOB, WELL DONE! - THE RNLI

November 5, 2013 - January 27, 2014

An exhibit featuring the Royal National Lifeboat Institue of Great Britain, the largest volunteer lifesaving organization in the world, and their heroic efforts in saving lives.

MUSEUM STORE HOLIDAY SALE

Ornament _christmasNovember 29 - 22, 2013

Looking for a unique gift? Do all of your holiday shopping in one place and support the museum at the same time!

Receive 10% off purchases in the museum store. Discount is cumulative with museum membership discount. Not a member? Join today!

- Excludes some consignment and fund-raiser items.
- Discount limit up to 30%.

Open House
Saturday, December 14
10 am - 5 pm

Join us for hot cider, treats & children's activities!


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

** The Old Coast Guard Station will be participating in this community partner program.


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