Ocean City, MD  - Vacation Travel Guide

  View Mobile Site | Advertise With Us |  OTHER DESTINATIONS
Sunny Day
Coupons
Free Guide
Check the local...
Attractions & Activities
  Fishing
  Fishing Article
  Tide Charts
Golf
  Golf Article
Nightlife
Restaurants & Dining
Shopping
Stay local...
Bed & Breakfasts 
Campgrounds & RV Parks 
Hotels & Motels 
Resorts 
Vacation Rentals 

Get Local Coupons

download coupons
Events Calendar
<< < November 2017 > >>
S M T W T F S
      1 2 3 4
5 6 7 8 9 10 11
12 13 14 15 16 17 18
19 20 21 22 23 24 25
26 27 28 29 30    

 

Ocean City Area Features

Ocean City's Life-Saving Museum

Located at the inlet, views from the museum grounds include Assateague Island, the Atlantic Ocean and Sinepuxent Bay. The main building is a silent sentinel to all boats passing through the Ocean City Inlet. This beautiful old Victorian structure houses the little-known history of the United States Life-Saving Service (predecessor of today’s Coast Guard) on the Delmarva Peninsula and the unique history of the town of Ocean City, Maryland.

The Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum is one of only a handful of old Life-Saving Stations being preserved for historical purposes. This well-maintained building, with its red roof and white siding, was built in 1891 and replaced a smaller building constructed in 1878. The men who served in this station house and similar stations on the Eastern Shore have left a mark of heroism upon the heritage of this region. Wreck In The Offing, a vividly illustrated exhibit of the Life-Saving Service from 1875-1915 on the barrier islands of Maryland, Delaware and Virginia, recalls the surfmen’s courageous efforts against the awesome forces of nature. The job of the lifesavers was to rescue shipwreck victims; they saved 7,502 lives here on the Eastern Shore.

Another extensive exhibit is entitled The Boardwalk of Yesterday and features exhibits entitled “4 for 25¢-The Photobooth,” “Windsor Resort-The Trimper Family,” “Boardwalk Elvis,” “Jester’s Fun House with Laughing Sal and Bruno,” “Prominent Boardwalk Families,” “Keepsake Postcards,” “Nostalgic  Boardwalk Scenes” and “Game Prizes & Souvenirs.”

A new temporary exhibit opens in June of 2017, entitled "Native Americans: First Contact on Lower Delmarva," created by Salisbury University's Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History and Culture. Through prints, first-hand accounts and other items, the exhibit shows how area Native Americans lived and worked at the time of their first contact with Europeans. It also depicts ways in which Native Americaln life changed shortly thereafter, including a loss of freedom, environmental alterations, continually shrinking territory and the establishment of reservations.

Surf’s Up! tells the story of how the sport of surfing has evolved in Ocean City. This fabulous display features vintage surf-riding vehicles, awesome images and other cool memorabilia related to the “Surfing Scene” from the early 1920s to the present.

The museum houses an Aquarium Room with several large saltwater tanks where local marine life will entertain you. During July and August as part of the museum’s Free Summer Programs, a “Fish Feeding” program on Saturdays is held in this room. The Sands of the World exhibit is of interest to everyone, allowing visitors to see how the color and texture of sand changes as you travel the world.

Little Keepers Day Room/Play Room is a room designed with children in mind. Geared for children ages 3 to 7 years, it is a place where youngsters can experience hands-on learning and enjoy fun activities that relate to the duties of the heroic “Life-Savers” who once lived in the station house.

As an added bonus, the museum has expanded its exhibits to the historic building that serves as City Hall. Located on the corner of 3rd Street and Baltimore Avenue, it is open to the public during normal business hours. Visitors can continue their journey into Ocean City’s past by touring the hallways that have been decorated with beautiful display panels.

The museum gift shop is highly recommended, with a nice selection of educational gifts, books, and souvenir items for sale. Take time to treat yourself and your family to “The Times and Tides of Ocean City, Maryland” at the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum.

Museum is open: Daily, May–October; Wednesday–Sunday, April and November; Weekends, December–March. There is an admission charge. Tour groups are welcome with advance notification. For more information, call the museum at 410-289-4991 or visit the website, www.ocmuseum.org.

If you liked this article, you may be interested in:

Get Connected
Find Us On Facebook  Follow Us On Twitter  Follow Us On YouTube  Find Us On Facebook  Find Us On Pinterest