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Museum Overview

The National Coast Guard Museum supports the mission of the U.S. Coast Guard by engaging with the public to celebrate the accomplishments of the past, present, and future.

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Educating, Honoring, and Inspiring

The National Coast Guard Museum will engage and educate through art, artifacts, exhibits, interactive and immersive experiences. Visitors will be able to enjoy these educational programs both in person and online through virtual exhibits.

Explore the rich Coast Guard history, programs and exhibits of the National Coast Guard Museum.

Are you ready for a unique museum experience? One that includes:

  • Interactive and immersive experiences
  • State-of-the-art exhibits
  • More than 600 artifacts and 5,000 images
  • 80,000-square-foot glass-enclosed waterfront views
  • Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)-based educational programs
  • Leadership training opportunities

Since its founding in 1790, the Coast Guard has evolved into a nimble, maritime sea service with a unique identity, purpose and tradition. Through steady pursuit of its many federal duties, the Coast Guard exemplifies its motto, Semper Paratus – “Always Ready.”


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Visitors will learn about the USCG’s rich year history and how the USCG continues to use state-of-the-art technology to protect our waterways, environment, and commerce.

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Since 1790, thousands of women and men have served in the Coast Guard. The Museum will honor their service and highlight the contributions they have made.

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Future generations will be inspired by the USCG’s current impact around the globe and the significance the USCG has had in protecting and serving our Nation.

Homeported in New London

Located in Connecticut’s Coast Guard City of New London, the National Coast Guard Museum is being built through the generosity of private donors, federal grants, and Connecticut state investments.

With easy access to the Fisher Island Ferries, City Pier, and the Cross Island Ferry, the Museum is expected to host 300,000 visitors annually—becoming a true cornerstone for New London’s ongoing revitalization.

In addition to engaging exhibits and artifacts, the Museum will feature a gift shop and café, a 180-seat theater, and a rentable waterfront event center for weddings and private celebrations.

An Extended Experience

Beyond the Museum, the project includes an expanded riverfront promenade and a pedestrian bridge connecting the downtown with the waterfront.

Accessing the experiences is simple. An enhanced transportation hub will connect the city parking garage with the Amtrak station and Museum entry, and waterfront integration, including the Thames River Heritage Park and seasonal water taxi service.