A: There are no exhibits to see at the Coast Guard Exhibit Center, which is not open to the public. The name reflects a time when traveling exhibits and local displays were built at, and shipped in and out of, the center. That is no longer done, but the original name "Exhibit Center" remains.
A: The Coast Guard's national Curatorial Services Program is directed by the History Office of Headquarters in Washington, DC. The program is operated by the Coast Guard Curator and the Coast Guard Collections Manager. The mission of the program is to ensure the proper collection, preservation, security, accountability and educational use of the Coast Guard's historically significant artifacts and art. Curatorial Services also manages the Coast Guard's artifact loan program.
A: Click here to send an email to the Collection's Manager.
A: Click here to view a Powerpoint presentation on the care and preservation of Coast Guard historical artifacts.
Q: What are the standards and qualifications needed to be considered as an approved Lampist?
A: The Coast Guard policy is posted here.
A: No, the Coast Guard is prohibited by law from giving away its artifacts.
A: We are prohibited from appraising property that does not belong to the Coast Guard. We suggest you ask an antiques dealer or check an internet auction site for similar items.
A: The Coast Guard receives no appropriations for the purchase of historical artifacts. The primary method whereby the Coast Guard acquires historical objects is through unsolicited gifts donated by the generous public.
A: No, Coast Guard policy prohibits the use of its artifacts in that manner.
A: No, the Coast Guard cannot give, donate, transfer or sell its historical artifacts and artwork to the public.