U.S. Coast Guard Historian's Office
2703 Martin Luther King, Jr., Ave, SE
Washington, DC 20593-7031


U.S. Coast Guard Museum
Coast Guard Academy - Waesche Hall
15 Mohegan Ave
New London, CT 06320-8100

Contacting us:  U.S.C.G. Historian's Office

Coast Guard Museum
U.S. Coast Guard Academy
15 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT  06320-4195

Telephone: (860) 444-8511

Hours of Operation:

During the academic year (September-May)

Monday through Friday: 0900-1600
Saturday: 1000-1600
Sunday: 1300-1600

Summer Hours:

Monday through Friday: 0900-1600

1st & 3rd Saturday of each month: 1000-1600

 

Closed on all Federal holidays.

Special hours can be arranged with the curator.

Coast Guard Museum
Of special value is the figurehead from the Coast Guard's training ship Eagle. One of the largest figureheads displayed in an American museum, it hangs as if mounted on the bow of a ship.



The U.S. Coast Guard Museum, tucked away on the grounds of the picturesque U. S. Coast Guard Academy, is the public exhibition space for the Coast Guard Heritage Asset Collection.  The Collection contains art and artifacts that span the two hundred and twenty-plus-year history of the United States' premier maritime service.  Featuring everything from models of a series of early steamships to the 270-foot cutter that plies the waters of today, the exquisite craftsmanship captures the changes in ship design over the last two hundred years.  For figurehead buffs and wood carvers alike, the museum offers a small but choice collection of carvings.  Of special value is the original figurehead from the Coast Guard's training ship Eagle.  One of the largest figureheads displayed in an American museum, it hangs as if mounted on the bow of a ship.  Cannon, paintings, uniforms, and medals round out the displays.  A stroll through the grounds of the Academy, watching the flag raising and lowering, attending a chapel service, reading the memorials in the park overlooking the Thames River, and, when available, walking the decks of barque Eagle and reviewing the Corps of Cadets, immerse those who come to the Academy in the history of the U.S. Coast Guard and its five predecessor agencies: the Revenue Cutter Service, the Life-Saving Service, the Lighthouse Service, the Bureau of Navigation, and the Steamboat Inspection Service

 

Visiting the U.S. Coast Guard Museum

Waesche Hall
U.S. Coast Guard Academy
15 Mohegan Avenue
New London, CT  06320-8511

Location:

The museum is located in Waesche Hall on the grounds of the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut.  New London is located two hours south of Boston and two-and-a-half hours north of New York City along Interstate 95.  The New London Train and bus station and the Long Island Ferry Terminal are only five minutes from the museum by car or taxi. 

Admission to the museum is free but you will need a government-issued photo identification to enter the campus. Please note that due to Academy security procedures international visitors are requested to make an appointment with the Curator before visiting the museum.  Contact the Historian's Office for more information: History@uscg.mil.

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Light Station Boston, Massachusetts
Heritage Asset Collection, Signal Cannon
Air Station Clearwater, Florida (Formerly Air Station St. Petersburg) Wardroom mural inside the Officers' & CPO Mess.  This building was constructed in the 1937-38 time frame and the interior of the Officers' Mess was painted by a local artist, George Snow Hill, under the Works Progress Administration's Federal Art Program.  Each wall of the Mess depicted a historic event in Coast Guard history or one of the service's many missions conducted in the 1930s.  Photos & information courtesy of the Ancient Order of the Pterodactyls.
Air Station Clearwater, Florida (Formerly Air Station St. Petersburg) Wardroom mural inside the Officers' & CPO Mess.  This building was constructed in the 1937-38 time frame and the interior of the Officers' Mess was painted by a local artist, George Snow Hill, under the Works Progress Administration's Federal Art Program.  Each wall of the Mess depicted a historic event in Coast Guard history or one of the service's many missions conducted in the 1930s.  Photos & information courtesy of the Ancient Order of the Pterodactyls.
Air Station Clearwater, Florida (Formerly Air Station St. Petersburg) Wardroom mural inside the Officers' & CPO Mess.  This building was constructed in the 1937-38 time frame and the interior of the Officers' Mess was painted by a local artist, George Snow Hill, under the Works Progress Administration's Federal Art Program.  Each wall of the Mess depicted a historic event in Coast Guard history or one of the service's many missions conducted in the 1930s.  Photos & information courtesy of the Ancient Order of the Pterodactyls.
Air Station Clearwater, Florida (Formerly Air Station St. Petersburg) Wardroom mural inside the Officers' & CPO Mess.  This building was constructed in the 1937-38 time frame and the interior of the Officers' Mess was painted by a local artist, George Snow Hill, under the Works Progress Administration's Federal Art Program.  Each wall of the Mess depicted a historic event in Coast Guard history or one of the service's many missions conducted in the 1930s.  Photos & information courtesy of the Ancient Order of the Pterodactyls.
Air Station Clearwater, Florida (Formerly Air Station St. Petersburg) Wardroom mural inside the Officers' & CPO Mess.  This building was constructed in the 1937-38 time frame and the interior of the Officers' Mess was painted by a local artist, George Snow Hill, under the Works Progress Administration's Federal Art Program.  Each wall of the Mess depicted a historic event in Coast Guard history or one of the service's many missions conducted in the 1930s.  Photos & information courtesy of the Ancient Order of the Pterodactyls.
Air Station Clearwater, Florida (Formerly Air Station St. Petersburg) Wardroom mural inside the Officers' & CPO Mess.  This building was constructed in the 1937-38 time frame and the interior of the Officers' Mess was painted by a local artist, George Snow Hill, under the Works Progress Administration's Federal Art Program.  Each wall of the Mess depicted a historic event in Coast Guard history or one of the service's many missions conducted in the 1930s.  Photos & information courtesy of the Ancient Order of the Pterodactyls.
Air Station Clearwater, Florida (Formerly Air Station St. Petersburg) Wardroom mural inside the Officers' & CPO Mess.  This building was constructed in the 1937-38 time frame and the interior of the Officers' Mess was painted by a local artist, George Snow Hill, under the Works Progress Administration's Federal Art Program.  Each wall of the Mess depicted a historic event in Coast Guard history or one of the service's many missions conducted in the 1930s.  Photos & information courtesy of the Ancient Order of the Pterodactyls.
Air Station Clearwater, Florida (Formerly Air Station St. Petersburg) Wardroom mural inside the Officers' & CPO Mess.  This building was constructed in the 1937-38 time frame and the interior of the Officers' Mess was painted by a local artist, George Snow Hill, under the Works Progress Administration's Federal Art Program.  Each wall of the Mess depicted a historic event in Coast Guard history or one of the service's many missions conducted in the 1930s.  Photos & information courtesy of the Ancient Order of the Pterodactyls.
Air Station Clearwater, Florida (Formerly Air Station St. Petersburg) Wardroom mural inside the Officers' & CPO Mess.  This building was constructed in the 1937-38 time frame and the interior of the Officers' Mess was painted by a local artist, George Snow Hill, under the Works Progress Administration's Federal Art Program.  Each wall of the Mess depicted a historic event in Coast Guard history or one of the service's many missions conducted in the 1930s.  Photos & information courtesy of the Ancient Order of the Pterodactyls.
Air Station Clearwater, Florida (Formerly Air Station St. Petersburg) Wardroom mural inside the Officers' & CPO Mess.  This building was constructed in the 1937-38 time frame and the interior of the Officers' Mess was painted by a local artist, George Snow Hill, under the Works Progress Administration's Federal Art Program.  Each wall of the Mess depicted a historic event in Coast Guard history or one of the service's many missions conducted in the 1930s.  Photos & information courtesy of the Ancient Order of the Pterodactyls.
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Resources
U.S.C.G. Historian's Office
Historical Bibliography
HISTORICAL BIBLIOGRPAHY.PDF
National Archives Keeper's log and Boston Light documents detailing the Lighthouse's structure and equipment.
BOSTONLIGHT&SIGNALCANNON_...
Moments in History by the USCG
artists and artist renderings
MOMENTSINHISTORY.PDF
WebJournal, July 2009
Thad Allen
ICOMMANDANT_ JULY 2009.PDF
Historic walking tour of historic Sector Charleston, SC.
CHARLESTON_WALKING_TOUR.PDF
U.S. Coast Guard Heritage Assets:Artifacts, Artwork, Models
HERITAGEASSETS.PPT
Example REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL
FOR CONSERVATION AND INSTALLATION OF HISTORIC FRESNEL LENS
REQUESTFORPROPOSALTEMPLAT...
Example introduction for a request for proposal for Fresnel Lenses:
Introduction to the Request for Proposal (RFP)
United States Coast Guard Curatorial Services
The purpose of this Request for Proposal (RFP) template is to promote uniform standards and guidelines in obtaining professional conservation and restoration treatment services for historic Fresnel lenses that are Coast Guard owned. This template can be used by museums, Coast Guard units, or any organization that has custody of a Coast Guard owned Fresnel lens.
INTRODUCTIONRFP.PDF
CG Loan request policy
Policy for borrowing art and artifacts from the Heritage Asset Collection
CG LOAN REQUEST POLICY.PDF
Intra-CG Loan request policy
Policy for borrowing art and artifacts from the Heritage Asset Collection
INTRA-CG LOAN REQUEST POL...
Loan application (internal Coast Guard units)
Form to submit for borrowing art and artifacts from the Heritage Asset Collection
INTRA-CG LOAN APPLICATION...
Condition report 
Use to document the current state of an artifact
14.11.04 CONDITION REPORT...
Loan application
Form to submit for borrowing art and artifacts from the Heritage Asset Collection
COAST GUARD LOAN APPLICAT...
Coast Guard Curatorial Services Policy for borrowing Fresnel lens
FRESNELGUIDE.PDF
Facility report template for Heritage Asset Collection loan application
USCGFACILITYREPORT.PDF
Professional Lampist Standards
140505_LAMPIST_STANDARDS.PDF