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Plans for National Coast Guard Museum Unveiled

The National Coast Guard Museum Association, along with the Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard, and Connecticut's political leaders revealed today the location and conceptual designs of a national museum to be situated on the waterfront in New London, Connecticut.

Museum Plan

Artist rendering of the Coast Guard Museum.

The highly-anticipated announcement unveiled plans for a four-story, 54,300 square-foot building located in downtown New London adjacent to the city's train station and ferry terminals. The museum will be an attraction for visitors worldwide, and the first national museum dedicated to the U.S. Coast Guard's history.

Mr. James J. Coleman, Jr., chairman of the Museum Association board, unveiled the plans at the Science and Technology Magnet School in New London. "All I can say is 'Semper Paratus.' We are ready and eager to get this done."

The proposal outlines a museum that will include four floors featuring interactive exhibit spaces, an event space and lecture room, as well as a reception area with gift shop and café. The Coast Guard's tall ship, the barque Eagle, will be docked at a nearby pier to serve as an additional attraction.

A pedestrian overpass connecting the local ferry terminal and train station to the downtown area is a critical component of the proposal.

"Congratulations to the National Coast Guard Museum Association and the federal, state and local stakeholders for their commitment to this project; on behalf of the Coast Guard Foundation, I applaud your efforts and I look forward to working together to support the National Coast Guard Museum," said Coast Guard Foundation President Anne Brengle.

The museum announcement included remarks from Admiral Bob Papp, Commandant, as well as Governor Dan Malloy and Senator Richard Blumenthal and Senator Chris Murphy. Mayor Darryl Justin Finizio shared remarks about the importance of the project for the city of New London and the region in general.

The new Coast Guard museum will be a fitting tribute to the men and women of the service — those currently serving, and all those who came before them. The Coast Guard's 220 year history is rich with tales of bravery, devotion to duty and patriotism. The National Coast Guard Museum will be a place where Americans from all over the country can visit and be inspired by the legacy of the service.

Mr. Coleman cited the Museum Association's mission: "Respect the past, engage the present, and look to the future."


Comments (7)

  1. I wonder if there will be room to dock historic Coast Guard ship for visitors to tour as is the case with the Cutter TANEY? Having USCGC EAGLE and historical ship to tour should increase tourist interest in the museum, just as the USN NAUTILUS does in Groton and the USS CONSTITUTION does in Boston. Odd there is no mention it that. The drawing shows a small recreational sailboat. With the popularity of the Mystic Seaport I can't imagine they would leave the historic ships for other to display. It would be easy to take one of the 378's that are being decommissioned right now to start the public tour historic ships.
  2. I wish that this could be in Washington DC, there are so many museums there and I think that they would get more attendance. Have you thought of this...
  3. I am not sure where a small boat station is in that Sector. It might not be a bad idea to have a CG 'station small' or sub-station operate from the museum. It would require very little room, and one boat at the pier. It would be a 'living museum'. Visitors could talk to Coasties about their work and see them get underway for missions. Just a thought.
  4. The article doesn't really say much on how funds are to be raised to build the museum. Most of the money will have to be private funds. Has anyone of the Association's Leadership contacted members of Congress to get a commemorative silver or gold coin(s) issued by the U.S. Mint as a fund raising event?
  5. Pardon my language, but its about freakin' time the U.S. Coast Guard had a national museum!
  6. We'd love to see USCGC LILAC (retired), America's only steam-powered lighthouse tender, docked at the future museum!
  7. In case Roger W. Kramer is not aware of it, the fact is that the Coast Guard originated as the Revenue Cutter Service at Fort Trumbull in New London. New London is therefore the original home of the Coast Guard and is entirely appropriate as the site of the Coast Guard Museum.