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Coast Guard Heritage Museum

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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 OPEN for the season!

Come in and see our new and updated displays in the Museum, including our new Selfie Studio!  We have new displays on Diversity in the Coast Guard and the historic transatlantic flight of the NC-4!  We are open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.  Admission is $5 for adults, children 10 and under are free, as are active duty Coast Guard personnel.  

We look forward to you "dropping in" soon.

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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 will be open for the season from May 1 through October 31 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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