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U.S. Coast Guard's Virtual Museum 

& History Near You

More than 20,000 artifacts and memorials representing the Coast Guard's long and distinguished history, including those from its predecessor agencies the U.S. Lighthouse Service, U.S. Life-Saving Service, U.S. Revenue Marine & Revenue Cutter Service, Bureau of Navigation and the Steamboat Inspection Service, may be found in museums and other locations throughout the United States. 

If you are unable to visit the Coast Guard Museum in New London, Connecticut, perhaps you can find Coast Guard history near you!  Here is a list of some of the locations that have Coast Guard artifacts or memorials on display.  If they are not accessible to the public or the location is too far for you to travel we have also added links to photos and more detailed information for your enjoyment. 

Locations by State:

Alabama; Alaska; California; Connecticut; Delaware; District of Columbia; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Illinois; Indiana; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; Texas; Virginia; Washington Wisconsin.

International Locations:

United Kingdom; France; Italy; Tunisia

State City organization (with link if available)
ALABAMA Gulf Shores Fort Morgan Museum
Mobile USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park
ALASKA Anchorage Anchorage Museum of History and Art
Cordova Cordova Historical Museum
Dutch Harbor Coast Guard Bering Sea Patrol Monument
Juneau Alaska State Museum
Kenai American Merchant Marine Memorial
Ketchikan Tongass Historical Museum
Valdez Valdez Museum & Historical Archive
Wasilla Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry
CALIFORNIA Alameda U.S. Coast Guard PACAREA Headquarters
  Avila Beach Port San Louis Harbor District
Cambria The Pinedorado Grounds
Crescent City Del Norte County Historical Society
Eureka Humboldt Bay Maritime Museum
Ferndale City of Ferndale
Marshall Marconi Conference Center Museum
Monterey Point Sur State Historic Park
Pacific Grove Point Piņos Lighthouse Museum
San Diego Cabrillo National Monument
San Francisco Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Pigeon Point Light Station
San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park
U.S. Lighthouse Society
San Luis Obispo Point San Luis Harbor District Commission
San Pedro Los Angeles Maritime Museum
Santa Barbara Santa Barbara Maritime Museum
Ventura Channel Islands National Park
W. Sacramento Liberty Maritime Museum
CONNECTICUT Mystic Mystic Seaport Maritime History Museum
New Haven New Haven Harbor Lighthouse
New London U.S. Coast Guard Museum
U.S. Custom House Museum
Stonington Stonington Lighthouse Museum
DELAWARE Bethany Beach Indian River Lifesaving Station
Lewes Lewes Historical Society Museum
DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA Washington, DC U.S. Coast Guard Historical Collection (Artifact Program, USCG HQ)
    Department of Commerce Headquarters
    National War College, Fort McNair
The Navy Museum, Washington Navy Yard
The Smithsonian Institution
FLORIDA Crystal River Douglas Munro Memorial Monument
  Islamorada U.S. Coast Guard Station Islamorada: CGC Bibb & CGC Duane's Bells
Key West Key West Art & Historical Society: Key West Lighthouse & Keeper's Quarters
    U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham (WHEC-35) Maritime Museum & National Historic Landmark
Pensacola National Museum of Naval Aviation
Ponce Inlet Ponce De Leon Inlet Lighthouse Museum
Port St. Joe St. Joseph Historical Society
St. Augustine Flagler College
St. Augustine Lighthouse Museum
Coast Guard E-2C Aircraft No. 3501 Memorial
St. Petersburg CGC Blackthorn Memorial Park
Sanibel Island Sanibel Historical Village & Museum
Sebring Military Sea Services Museum
Tampa Veterans Memorial Museum and Park
GEORGIA St. Simons  Museum of Coastal History
Tybee Island Tybee Museum Association
HAWAII Honolulu Hawaii Maritime Center
    Honolulu Cemetery & Memorial
Kalaupapa Kalaupapa National Historic Park
ILLINOIS Evanston Grosse Ille Lighthouse Museum
INDIANA Michigan City Old Lighthouse Museum, Michigan City Historical Society
KENTUCKY Louisville Coast Guard Inland Lifesaving Station Monument
Paducah River Heritage Museum
LOUISIANA New Orleans CGC White Alder Memorial
National WWII Museum (Originally the National D-Day Museum)
MAINE Bath Maine Maritime Museum
Camden Town of Camden
Cape Elizabeth Museum at Portland Head Light
Town Hall Building
Kittery Kittery Historical & Naval Museum
Port Clyde Marshall Point Lighthouse Museum
Rockland Maine Lighthouse Museum
South Portland Portland Harbor Museum
Southern Maine Vocational Technical College
Wells American Lighthouse Foundation Museum of Lighthouse History
MARYLAND Baltimore Historic Ships in Baltimore: CGC Taney, Lightship 116 Chesapeake, & Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse
Berlin Assateague Island National Seashore
Colton Point St. Clements Island-Potomac River Museum
Havre de Grace Concord Point Lighthouse
Piney Point Piney Point Lighthouse Museum
Solomons Calvert Maritime Museum
St. Michaels Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum
MASSACHUSETTS Barnstable Coast Guard Heritage Museum
Boston The Children's Museum
Boston Harbor Boston Harbor Lighthouse
Cohasset Cohasset Historical Commission
Edgartown The Vineyard Museum, Duke County Historical Society
Gloucester City of Gloucester
Gloucester Harbor "Ancient Order of the Pterodactyl" Monument
Hull Hull Lifesaving Museum
Nantucket Island Nantucket Shipwreck & Lifesaving Museum: An Affiliate of Egan Maritime Institute
New Bedford Vineyard Sound Lightship Memorial
Newburyport Custom House Maritime Museum
Orleans Orleans Historical Society Museum
Quincy USS Salem
Scituate Scituate Historical Society
South Wellfleet Cape Cod National Seashore
Swansea Friends of the Bluffs Ocean Grove Neighborhood
MICHIGAN Alpena Great Lakes Lighthouse Festival
Jesse Besser Museum
Brimley Bay Mills-Brimley Historical Society Museum
Charlevoix Harsha House Museum, Charlevoix Historical Society
Copper Harbor Fort Wilkins Historic Complex
DeTour Village DeTour Passage Historical Museum
Detroit Detroit Historical Museum1
Dossin Great Lakes Museum
Eagle Harbor Keweenaw County Historical Society Museum
Empire Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore
Escanaba CGC Escanaba National Memorial
Sand Point Lighthouse Museum, Delta County Historical Society
Grand Haven Tri-Cities Historical Museum
CGC Escanaba National Memorial
Grosse Ile Grosse Ile Historical Society Museum
Harbor Beach Grice House Museum, City of Harbor Beach
Houghton Rock Harbor Museum, Isle Royale National Park
Lansing Michigan States Historical Museum
Ludington Mason County Historical Society
White Pine Village Maritime Museum
Mackinaw City Icebreaker Mackinaw Maritime Museum
Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, State Historic Park
  Manistee USCGC Acacia (WLB-406); S.S. City of Milwaukee & USCGC Acacia National Historic Landmark
Marquette Marquette Maritime Museum
Muskegon CGC McLane
Northport Grand Traverse Lighthouse Museum
Port Hope Point Aux Barques Lighthouse Society
Port Huron Port Huron Museum, CGC Bramble
Lightship Huron Museum: Lightship 103 (WAL-526) Huron
Presque Isle Presque Isle Lighthouse Museum
Paradise Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum
South Haven Michigan Maritime Museum
MINNESOTA Duluth Canal Park Marine Museum
Lake Superior Maritime Visitor Center
NEW JERSEY Atlantic City Historic Gardner's Basin
Cape May Historic Cold Spring Village
Mid-Atlantic Center for the Arts
Cape May Court House Cape May County Historical Museum
Highlands Twin Lights of the Navesink Museum
Rio Grande Naval Air Station Wildwood Museum
Sandy Hook Sandy Hook Lighthouse, Fort Hancock Museum
Tuckerton Barnegat Bay Decoy and Baymen's Museum
NEW YORK Bronx New York City Harbor Police
State University of New York Maritime College
Buffalo Buffalo Lighthouse Association
Corning Corning Museum of Glass
Dunkirk Dunkirk Historical Lighthouse & Veterans Museum
East Setauket Veterans of Foreign Wars, East Setauket Post 3054
Freeport Incorporated Village of Freeport
Greenport East End Seaport Marine Museum
Kings Park Kings Park Heritage Museum
Kings Point U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Museum
Kingston Hudson River Maritime Museum
Montauk Montauk Point Lighthouse Museum
New York Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum
    Historic Lighthouse Tender Lilac Preservation Society
Jeffrey's Hook Lighthouse
Oswego H. Lee White Marine Museum
Oyster Bay Incorporated Village of Centre Island
Patchogue Fire Island National Seashore
Rochester Charlotte-Genesee Lighthouse Historical Society
Saugerties Saugerties Lighthouse Conservancy
Sodus Point Sodus Bay Lighthouse Museum
Staten Island National Lighthouse Center and Museum
Stony Point Stony Point Battlefield State Historic Site
West Sayville Long Island Maritime Museum
Youngstown Old Fort Niagara
NORTH CAROLINA Beaufort Cape Lookout National Seashore
North Carolina Maritime Museum
Corolla Currituck Beach Lighthouse
Elizabeth City Museum of the Albemarle
Hatteras Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum
Manteo Cape Hatteras National Seashore
Wright Brothers National Memorial
Nags Head Bodie Island Lighthouse
Rodanthe Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station
OHIO Ashtabula Ashtabula Maritime Museum
  Bowling Green Association for Great Lakes Maritime History
Cleveland Great Lakes Science Center
Columbus Ohio Division of Natural Resources
Toledo Ohio's Center of Science & Industry
Vermilion Great Lakes Historical Society
OKLAHOMA Muscogee Veterans of Foreign Wars, Bristow Post 3656
OREGON Astoria Columbia River Maritime Museum
Columbia River Bar Memorial
Florence Heceta Head Lighthouse
Harbor Port of Brookings Harbor
Newport Yaquina Bay Lighthouse Museum
Yaquina Head Lighthouse
North Bend Coos County Historical Society Museum
    USCG Air Station North Bend: Cape Arago Lighthouse lens
Port Orford Cape Blanco Lighthouse
    Port Orford Lifeboat Station
PENNSYLVANIA Erie Erie Maritime Museum
Philadelphia Independence Seaport Museum
RHODE ISLAND Newport Naval War College Museum
Providence Beavertail Maritime Museum
Rhode Island Parks Association
SOUTH CAROLINA Charleston Walking Tour of Historic Coast Guard Sector Charleston, SC
  by Theresa Roberts
    Seaman Bernt Ruse Memorial
TEXAS Fredericksburg Admiral Nimitz National Museum of the Pacific War
Galveston Galveston College
Galveston Island Galveston County Historical Museum
VIRGINIA Arlington Arlington National Cemetery
  Arlington Women in Military Service for America Memorial
Bedford National D-Day Memorial
Chincoteague Oyster and Maritime Museum
Machipongo Barrier Islands Center
Newport News The Mariner's Museum
Norfolk Hampton Roads Naval Museum
Portsmouth Lightship Portsmouth Museum
Virginia Beach The Old Coast Guard Station Museum
WASHINGTON Olympia Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
Port Angeles Clallam County Historical Society & Museum
Port Orchard Kitsap County Board of Commissioners
Seattle Coast Guard Museum of the Northwest
Westport Westport Maritime Museum
WISCONSIN Baileys Harbor The Ridges Sanctuary
Manitowoc Wisconsin Maritime Museum
Sturgeon Bay Door County Maritime Museum
Superior Head of the Lakes Maritime Society
Two Rivers Rogers Street Fishing Village and Great Lakes Coast Guard Museum

International Locations for Coast Guard History:

Country City/Region organization (with link if available)
     U.K Lamphey, Wales Grave of an unknown Coast Guardsmen from USCGC Tampa, lost with all hands during World War I.  The grave is in Lamphey Churchyard and is cared for by locals.
  Poole, England U.S. Coast Guard Rescue Flotilla One Memorial
  Gibraltar Naval Monument at Gibraltar
  France Colleville-sur-Mere Normandy American Cemetery & Memorial
  Utah Beach Utah Beach American Memorial
Brittany Brittany American Cemetery & Memorial
    Italy Nettuno Sicily-Rome American Cemetery & Memorial
   Tunisia Carthage North Africa American Cemetery & Memorial

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Last Modified 1/12/2016