Museum’s Free Weekly Programs Start Next Week

OCEAN CITY — Families looking for a free, enjoyable morning activity in Ocean City can head to the Ocean City Life-Saving Station Museum. Nestled on the Boardwalk by the Inlet, the museum offers free programs six mornings a week, with topics ranging from knot tying to “All About Sharks.”  Programs take place from July 2 through August 25 every day except Sunday at 10 a.m. and last approximately one-half hour. 

On Mondays, the Ocean City Beach Patrol demonstrates the newest techniques in lifesaving.  Along with teaching beach safety and advising guests on beach law, the beach patrol displays various pieces of equipment used on the beach.  From the iconic red buoy that has saved countless lives to the official beach patrol jet ski, learn about the tools and techniques the beach patrol uses to safeguard the surf.

On Tuesdays, Museum Board member Bob Stevens gives an in-depth look at the history of Ocean City with a program entitled “O.C.B.C.- Ocean City Before Condominiums.”  Stevens regales the audience on how Ocean City was transformed from a quiet fishing village into the premier beach resort of the East Coast, giving special focus on the many women that helped craft the city.

On Wednesdays, the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary gives hands-on instruction to participants on how to tie all kinds of nautical knots.  From a sheep shank to the bowline, the auxiliary will demonstrate the particulars and provide rope to tie with. This program can be especially informative for prospective boaters of all ages. 

Thursdays are devoted to sharks. Learn all about one of the most misunderstood creatures of the sea as Sandy Hurley, museum curator, unravels the myths and mysteries behind these underwater predators.

Friday mornings, Museum Society Vice President Tom Wimbrow focuses on “Storm Warriors,” a program geared for children ages 8 to 14 years, but all are welcome. Experience what it was like to serve in the United States Life-Saving Service (today’s Coast Guard), especially during stormy weather.  Complete your experience by applying to be a “Junior Surfman.” 

Saturday guests are invited into the museum’s Aquarium Room to watch the marine critters eat their morning meal.  While inside, learn about local marine life.

After the programs, guests are encouraged to tour the museum and view the collections of Life Saving Service artifacts, antique bathing suits, sands of the world, Ocean City history and much more. 

Admission to the museum is $3 for adults, $1 for children 6-17.  Children 5 and under are admitted free. 

About The Author: Steven Green

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The writer has been with The Dispatch in various capacities since 1995, including serving as editor and publisher since 2004. His previous titles were managing editor, staff writer, sports editor, sales account manager and copy editor. Growing up in Salisbury before moving to Berlin, Green graduated from Worcester Preparatory School in 1993 and graduated from Loyola University Baltimore in 1997 with degrees in Communications (journalism concentration) and Political Science.