I’m certain that you are all keenly aware of the threat the COVID-19 virus has presented to the health and well-being of each of us, our families, friends, and country over the last year. After careful consideration of all known risks, recommendations and requirements published by the CDC and the Commonwealth, we decided to open the Museum on a limited basis starting Thursday, 16 July 2020. Although our hours were still from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, we opened only on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. As normal, our last day open this past season was 31 October.
We would like to sincerely thank the many visitors who were able to visit us during these trying times. As far as we know, we were able to safely operate, on a limited basis, and NOT contribute to the spread of the virus, either to our visitors, or to our volunteers.
Be safe out there, do all you can to keep you, your family and your neighbors safe, and we hope to see you all next season.
CG Heritage Museum
The Coast Guard Heritage Museum is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Our mission is to tell the Coast Guard story from a regional Cape Cod perspective. We are one of only two free-standing museums in the country dedicated to celebrating U.S. Coast Guard history. It is very appropriate that we occupy the 1856 U.S. Customs House in Barnstable. The Commonwealth of Massachusetts is the birth place of the Coast Guard and both Customs and Coast Guard have 18th century origins under the Treasury Department. Both organizations have worked closely since that time. The service’s legacy on the Cape is very deep and rich. It has protected our shores and harbors, rescued thousands of distressed seamen, saved cargo worth millions of dollars, interdicted illegal drugs, promoted vessel safety, and enforced environmental, fisheries and maritime laws. In short, the Coast Guard has performed and continues to perform critical missions that protect our national interests, promote economic prosperity, and ensure public safety. With over 2700 square feet of display space, we have exhibits filled with historic artifacts, models and stories that celebrate that history. Your admission includes use of a handheld audio tour system, if desired.
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.
Opening day for the 2021 season is Saturday 1 May. Assuming no COVID-19 restrictions are in play, we look forward to seeing you on Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM, during our next season. Admission will still be $5 for adults, children 10 and under, active duty Coast Guard personnel and Museum Members are free. Advance Reservations will still be available. To make a reservation, click here.
Our Fall 2020 Newsletter is now posted. This issue includes stories on how the Coast Guard saved an Alaskan town during the Flu Epidemic of 1919, the history of Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod, and much more...
We have two full floors of displays and over 2700 square feet of 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!
3353 Main Street (Route 6A), Barnstable, Massachusetts 02630 United States
We hope to be operating on a normal schedule when we open again for the 2021 season. Opening day is Saturday 1 May and we plan to be open Tuesdays through Saturdays for the season. Hours will still be 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. Admission is $5.00 for adults. Children under 10, Active Duty Coast Guard personnel and Museum Members are still free.
We highly recommend you make online reservations in advance!
As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization the Museum is staffed and operated almost exclusively by volunteers. Our operating funds come solely from admission fees, memberships and donations. Always check with your tax professionals, but in most cases, donations to 501(c)3 non-profit organizations are tax deductible.