About National Coast Guard Museum Association, Inc.
Since 1790, the brave men and women of the United States Coast Guard have been standing the watch for you. Night and day, in good weather and bad, its devoted members have been the first responders when disaster strikes at sea. For more than 225 years, the Coast Guard has tirelessly answered the call for our Nation, saving lives, enforcing maritime law, combating terrorism, and protecting the envi...ronment from oil spills and pollution.
As the oldest continuous seagoing service within the five branches of the U.S. Armed Forces, the U.S. Coast Guard is responsible for the day-to-day protection of the United States and waterways around the globe. Some of the most impactful moments of our Nation’s history would not have been as successful were it not for the Coast Guard.
Remarkably, the Coast Guard is the only armed service branch without a national museum. We hold a bold and compelling vision: The National Coast Guard Museum will inspire, inform, and engage visitors by honoring the courage and skill of the men and women of the United States Coast Guard. The purpose of the National Coast Guard Museum is to build awareness and appreciation of the United States Coast Guard and engagement with its people by exploring the Coast Guard’s rich history, current life, and future potentials through interactive exhibits, programs, and world-class museum-quality learning experiences.
The National Coast Guard Museum will be constructed on the historic waterfront of downtown New London, Connecticut. The Coast Guard has celebrated a presence in New London since 1791, and the nearby Coast Guard Academy and USCG Research and Development Center will help bring the Museum’s stories to life. Additionally, “America’s Tall Ship”, the Coast Guard Barque EAGLE will adorn the waterfront while homeported at the New London City Pier adjacent to the Museum.
The museum will provide an immersive educational experience for visitors of all ages. In particular, the museum’s STEM Learning Center will be a physical hub inside the museum with a global reach via its on-site, outreach, and virtual programs, that will engage and support today’s youth inspiring them to become tomorrow’s critical thinkers, problem solvers, and innovators. We envision the STEM Learning Center’s programs will complement school curriculum to inspire student’s early interest in STEM fields and will provide support in cultivating that interest as teenagers. Additionally, displays will connect museum patrons with real-time missions via streaming video. This virtual element will allow visitors to see servicemen and women conduct marine environmental inspections in Long Beach, California, rescue missions off the coast of New England, drug interventions along the Gulf Coast, and tug boat regulations on the Mississippi River. Interactive exhibits will engage the public in science and engineering challenges, using principles of aeronautics, propulsion, informatics, meteorology, navigation, and other Coast Guard-related sciences.