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Bruce Snake Gabrielson's Surf Art Gallery and Museum

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Address: 5005 Bayside Rd, Chesapeake Beach, MD 20732-4057
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+1 240-464-3301
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Mon - Fri 10:00 - 16:00
Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
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Recognized as a top cultural site by the Maryland Department of Tourism,...

Recognized as a top cultural site by the Maryland Department of Tourism, this free museum contains several rare historical artifacts from the surfing world collected by surfing legend Bruce Gabrielson over a 60 year period. Displays include Dale Velzey's original 1950's templates and planer, an original Makaha Skateboard, the first day edition of the Duke Stamp from both Huntington Beach and Waikiki, signed posters from numerous surfing legends, a signed poster from the Wooden Year's exhibit opening at the International Surfing Museum, a set of Rick Griffin drawings, plus paintings and photos from artists and surf photographers from the East and West Coast. Several antique boards are also on display. The museum is located in the offices of the National Surf Schools and Instructors Association. During the summer months the museum is open when the surf isn't great and in the evenings with reservations preferred.

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Second Visit - What a Treat!

Bruce gave me a personal tour.... he's a surfing encyclopedia... what a treat. Showed me his new collection he just brought back from California... So stoked! If you should... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 28 April 2016
TazTamakiHofmann
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Silver Spring, Maryland
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Silver Spring, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 April 2016

Bruce gave me a personal tour.... he's a surfing encyclopedia... what a treat. Showed me his new collection he just brought back from California... So stoked! If you should visit, ask him to show you his personal surfing contest trophies that he's won!

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Silver Spring, Maryland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2015

My wife and took a road trip out of the Metro-DC area and found Bruce "Gabrielson's Surf and Art Gallery and Museum. As surfing enthusiasts, we were stoked! Bruce gave us a personal tour through the museum and gave us a history synopsis of surfing! It only took about an hour to get there. I highly recommended this place to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2015 via mobile

If you're a surfer it is a must visit museum. Bruce is passionate about what he does and he his a living surf historian. Bruce is an all around great guy. Highly recommended.

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Mouth of Wilson, Virginia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2015

How interesting to travel to the Chesapeake and meet an ole 60's surfer - with a museum at his home. The little museum at his home is full of memorabilia from the popular surfing song groups, boards and even skate boards! Bruce is passionate about his story and the many famous surfers from back in the day! Certainly a must-see... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 March 2015

This is an amazing collection of surfing history and memorabilia - to find it on the East Coast is even more amazing. From the first wetsuit to early surf boards, this museum has everything surfing you could imagine. The best part of the museum is talking with Bruce - the curator and surfing pioneer. He was there for some of... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2013

We visited the Snake's museum on a cold, dreary day in early March and were instantly transported to sunny southern California. Bruce is so passionate about his sport, and we left with a great appreciation for the history of surfing and how far the sport has come. My husband and I are both scuba divers, so we're more familiar with... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 March 2013

I went there to visit and get surf tips but I was surprised at how much surf history was there. Bruce showed me around and educated me on how far back surf culture has impacted people's lives. It also helps that there are some super sick longboards to view as well. I encourage everyone to go and check it out... More 

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3 Thank Allyogi
Owings, MD
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2013

Bruce is the genuine article; a Huntington Beach transplant who was there for some of the pivotal moments in surf history. He has some rare and unique items in the collection, and can talk story with the best of them. This place is a gem, and if you have any interest in surf history - go here.

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Long Branch, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2012

I recently came down to Maryland from NJ for the NSSIA class for surf instructor accreditation. Bruce was great. He gave me a tour of his surf museum and surf shop. Some of the highlights were Dale "The Hawk" Velzy's shaping tools, a signed poster from Greg "Da Bull" Knoll's iconic photo from Pipeline, rare Duke photos, great surf art... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2012

Today we left the inner of confines of the Washington Beltway to take a trip back to a time when surfing was just becoming a bona fide aspect of American Culture. To do so, however, did not entail a trip to Huntington Beach California aka "Surf City", but instead to the placid shores of Chesapeake Beach in Calvert County MD... More 

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