About Us

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Who we are...

The Coast Guard Heritage Museum  is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.  


Our mission is to educate visitors on the legacy of the U.S. Coast Guard and its 18th Century predecessors who have protected our shores and harbors and rescued thousands of stranded seamen who might otherwise have perished in the dangerous waters of New England and salvaged cargoes worth millions of dollars. These Customs Officers registered foreign trade vessels and enrolled vessels in the coastal trade and fisheries. The Coast Guard has been under many Departments but their mission is the same with many additional duties added on over the years. 

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Where we are located...

The Coast Guard Heritage Museum is located in the historic old Customs House at the corner of Main Street and Millway in Barnstable Village on Cape Cod, MA.   Built in 1855 to a design by Ammi Young, it was used as a custom house and post office until 1913, continuing to house the post office and other offices until 1958. It was converted into a museum in 1960, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.

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We are now CLOSED for the season!

We will open again on Friday, May First, 2020. New exhibits will include celebration of Air Station Cape Cod's 50th anniversary.   We look forward to seeing you on Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  Admission will still be $5 for adults, children 10 and under and active duty Coast Guard personnel are free.  

Also check us out at the Spring Cape Cod Museum Trail Festival of Museums!

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Better yet, see us in person!

We have two full floors of displays and exhibits covering the history of the Coast Guard from its beginnings as the U.S. Revenue Cutter Service and U.S. Life Saving Service through stories about the two Coast Guardsmen that went to space.   Come and browse on your own, use our free audio tour system, or have a personal tour by one of our friendly volunteer docents.  You won't be disappointed!

Coast Guard Heritage Museum

3353 Main Street, P.O. Box 161, Barnstable, Massachusetts 02530, United States

Phone: (508) 362-8521 Email: CGHeritage@Comcast.net

Hours of Operation

We are currently CLOSED for the season but will open again on 1 May for the 2020 season! Normally we are open Tuesday through Saturday from  10 to 3

Admission is $5.00 for adults.  Children under 10 and Active Duty Coast Guard personnel are free.

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