Located right on the Boardwalk in the historic 1903 Life Saving Station, the Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum houses exhibits exploring the history and lore of the Virginia Beach region. In addition to stories of the many heroic rescues and shipwrecks along this coast, the museum includes information on the history of the resort, the building of the Boardwalk, and super storms that have hit the area. Exhibits include antique life–saving equipment and many vintage photos. The Battle of the Atlantic in World War II and the many surfing legends who have called Virginia Beach home are the topics of other exhibits. Tours for individuals and groups are available, and ghost tours of the old building, listed on the National Register, are offered all summer.
For those with deeper interest, the library here includes books and papers on the Life-Saving Service and U.S. Coast Guard, shipwrecks along the Virginia coast, and other topics of nautical and maritime history. Access is available to researchers by appointment.