"Dear Friends & Supporters …"


I’m certain that you are all keenly aware of the threat the COVID-19 virus presents to the health and well-being of each of us, our families, our friends, and our country. It has become obvious to our museum’s Executive Committee that opening the Coast Guard Heritage Museum to the public on 1 May would not be prudent.   We have decided to delay the start of our 2020 season until at least 3 July. 

In the meantime, I would also like to share the following words recently offered by the Coast Guard Commandant: 

“During times of uncertainty throughout history, the Coast Guard has consistently risen to the challenge of protecting the American people and our way of life. As our Nation and the global community confront COVID-19, our Coast Guard continues to perform critical missions that protect our national interests, promote economic prosperity, and ensure public safety. ….. 

While this virus may be new, the Coast Guard’s skilled and practiced response to all threats is not. THIS IS WHAT WE DO. We surge our resources, we focus our efforts, we take care of each other, we adjust as conditions require, and above all we remain calm.  

The American public counts on us to remain “Always Ready” to defend our nation, safeguard our citizens, and facilitate our economy – just as we’ve done for nearly 230 years. This is why we serve!” 

Be safe out there, and do all you can to stay well. 

Greg Ketchen


CG Heritage Museum

About Us


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. 


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.


We are now CLOSED for the season!

Opening day for the 2020 season is still to be determined. 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.   Opening day for the 2020 season is still to be determined. 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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