As a nonprofit organization focused on helping our friends and neighbors in Hampton Roads, it’s so important for us to partner with local businesses and show support for our own community. We are thrilled to host our very first event at the Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum in September!

“We’re so proud and pleased to extend our beautiful community space to the River Ellis Foundation for this event. Our gratitude is extended to all that support the Foundation’s important mission. We welcome one and all and look forward to seeing this wonderful organization grow in the years ahead.” 

William Hazel, Executive Director, Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum

About the museum

The Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum is located on the boardwalk at 24th Street with a mission to honor and preserves the history of Virginia’s coastal communities and maritime heritage. It aims to engage its visitors with insightful and interactive exhibits that help to teach, inspire and give individuals a stronger understanding of its past. The museum is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit museum that relies on the generosity of the local community to fulfill its mission of honoring and preserving the coastal heritage of Virginia Beach. 


The museum is open from Tuesday-Saturday from 10am-5pm. Admission for adults is only $1 and children under the age of 6 are admitted for free! The museum offers field trip options throughout the year for middle school and high school students with a variety of exhibits and educational programs. They also offer Ghost Walks which include a guided walk around the beach and boardwalk to find out which establishments ave ghostly inhabitants, and ghost hunting throughout the museum. 

Facility Rental

The Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum is available to host events of many sizes! Host an event with just a few guests or as many as 400. The indoor/outdoor space provides a unique experience with a beautiful landscape.

Get Involved/Donate 

There are a variety of volunteer opportunities for those looking to become more involved with the museum. Some of these positions include gallery guides/hosts, bloggers, administrative volunteers and special event volunteers. There are also special volunteer opportunities and internships for younger individuals looking to get involved. The museum relies heavily on generous donations from the community to continue to operate. Please consider making a donation here.

We are so excited about hosting our Launch Party & Paddle Out at the Virginia Beach Surf & Rescue Museum. We can’t thank them enough for all their kindness & support they’ve given us along the way!