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More Than a Museum

The National Coast Guard Museum Association understands the value of museums and the purpose they serve in society.

architectual renderings of the exterior for the National Coast Guard Museum

Our mission is to support the creation, sustainability, and growth of the National Coast Guard Museum.

The National Coast Guard Museum Association serves as a vital link between the Museum and its commitment to preserving and honoring the rich maritime heritage and courageous contributions of the U.S. Coast Guard.

As a non-profit, we provide essential support to foster public awareness and ensure the Museum’s continued growth—with the longer-term ambition of ranking among some of our Nation’s most valued museums.

Enhancing Our Community

Our mission extends beyond the walls of the Museum. We intend to help revitalize the historic New London Waterfront district, adding a unique, experiential destination to the area.

The Museum will serve as a catalyst for our local community, driving economic growth and business development to strengthen the surrounding areas in New London.

Providing a Bright Future

Through thematic museum exhibits, immersive experiences, and compelling storytelling, the National Coast Guard Museum will honor and celebrate the impact of the U.S. Coast Guard workforce. The Museum will inspire Americans to understand and embrace the U.S. Coast Guard contributions to security, democracy, and prosperity of the United States—and beyond.

A Future Full of Possibilities

Like other museums, the National Coast Guard Museum values our role in educating future generations.

Our mission involves:

  • Creating a valuable resource to stimulate science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)-based learning
  • Providing educational programming for K-12 students
  • Educating the youngest generation of Americans about STEM concepts and the idea of a career of service—both hallmarks of the U.S. Coast Guard

Honoring the U.S. Coast Guard

This National Coast Guard Museum is a haven, serving as the heart and soul of the U.S. Coast Guard service—and providing a home for the entire U.S. Coast Guard community.

To honor those in active and inactive service, part of our mission includes efforts to educate visitors about the impact and history of the U.S. Coast Guard. We’ll also highlight the pride at the foundation of our service and demonstrate how we support workforce retention and recruitment.

Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty

The core values of the U.S. Coast Guard resonate with us. Like the U.S. Coast Guard, we also value integrity, treating everyone with dignity and compassion, and we’re committed to our organizational goals.