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United States Coast Guard Museum
Museum Hours

September through May:
Monday through Friday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.,
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

June through August:
Monday through Friday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.,
The Coast Guard Museum on base will be open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the following dates: 24 May, 7 June, 21 June, 5 July, 19 July, 2 August, 16 August, and 30 August.

The United States Coast Guard is America’s oldest continuous maritime service. It has a long and complex history, one that is often overlooked by historians. The modern Coast Guard is an amalgamation of five federal agencies. The Revenue Cutter Service (1790) merged with the Life-Saving Service (1878) to form the early Coast Guard in 1915. The Lighthouse Establishment (1789) joined the Coast Guard in 1939. Finally, the Steamboat Inspection Service (1838) and the Bureau of Navigation (1884), which had previously combined in 1932, were incorporated in 1946.

The U.S. Coast Guard Museum explores the history of the Coast Guard its many missions from the founding of the Lighthouse Establishment in 1789 through the end of the 20th Century. Highlights include a massive First-Order fresnel lens from a Cape Ann, Massachusetts lighthouse; the original 1936 figurehead of the Academy’s sail-training vessel the USCGC Eagle; a 16th Century Japanese sword surrendered to General Douglas MacArthur by Imperial Japanese Vice Admiral Hisashi Nito, which MacArthur gave to the Coast Guard in recognition for their valiant service in the Pacific campaigns; and a Francis Life Car, an example of innovative design used to make rescuing lives at sea safer and more successful for the rescuers as well as the victims.

Coast Guard Announces Availability of Environmental Assessment for Proposed National Coast Guard Museum, New London, Connecticut 

The U.S. Coast Guard proposes to acquire, by gift from the City of New London, property for the National Coast Guard Museum (NCGM) on the downtown New London waterfront. Following acceptance of the land, the Coast Guard would allow the National Coast Guard Museum Association, Inc. (NCGMA) to construct an approximately 50,000 square-foot, four to five-story museum. The NCGMA is a 501(c)3 non-profit, charitable organization established for the sole purpose of raising funds for the establishment of a NCGM. Following completion of the NCGM, the Coast Guard may accept the donation of the museum from the NCGMA and operate it in perpetuity.

Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the United States Coast Guard has prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) for the NCGM and, based on the analysis in the EA, has issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI).

Environmental Assessment and FONSI 

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