If you'd like to support the construction and establishment of the National Coast Guard Museum, please visit the National Coast Guard Museum Association website here:

The National Coast Guard Museum will be 80,000 total square feet, with 38,168 square feet of exhibit space, spread out over 5 decks. There will be three main exhibit decks, five wings, a rotating gallery for temporary exhibits, and when not underway, the CGC Eagle will be docked pier side.

The National Coast Guard Museum will engage and educate through more than 5,000 images and 600 objects, interactive and immersive experiences, as well as educational programs utilizing STEM, civics and art, both in person at its physical location and online through its website and virtual exhibits.

New London has served as a homeport for Coast Guard cutters since 1791. The original ARGUS was constructed and moored within close proximity of the forthcoming museum location, at a distance of approximately 100 feet. In addition, New London is home to the Coast Guard’s Research and Development Center, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and the Coast Guard’s Leadership Development Center.

Yes! There are plans to have food and drink available for museum guests.

Thank you for your interest in donating artifacts or archival items to National Coast Guard Museum.

Due to the influx of generous donation offers, the Museum and Coast Guard Historian's Office ask that all donors fill out THIS FORM and email it, along with any photos of the item(s) to with a cc to

All donations will be reviewed for the following criteria:
  • Historical Significance and Context
  • Relevance
  • Condition and Preservation Needs
  • Rarity and/or Uniqueness
  • Duplicates
  • Association or importance of artist or producer
  • Format or Size

Upon review of the donation form and any associated images, a member of the Museum Collections Committe will reach out to you regarding next steps. Thank you again for your interest in donating to the National Coast Guard Museum!

If you would like to see what artifacts are already in our collections, you can find them here.

We are eager to see the museum open for visitors and are working to make that happen. There is still a lot of work to be done and we are sure that the finished product will not disappoint.  We continue to work with the National Coast Guard Association and other partners on permitting and are optimistic that construction will begin Fall 2023.

Please visit the Coast Guard Museum Association website to learn more here:

We encourage the public to stay engaged on the museum’s website for the most recent updates.