Coast Guard Heritage Museum

Brass items from the oil era of lighthouses. Brass was used to prevent sparks. 

Women in the USCG

The Coast Guard Heritage Museum has two floors of exhibit space. On the first floor, we feature the origins of the Coast Guard, beginning with the Revenue Cutter Service in 1790. Next is the U. S. Life-saving Service, which was preceded by the Massachusetts Humane Society.  Special exhibits honor those involved in the greatest small boat rescue in USCG history, the rescue of the Pendleton and Fort Mercer
The museum Gift Shop, containing a variety of books, videos and artwork is also located on the first floor.

USLS Vineyard Lantern

Rescue Swimmer Gear

REVENUE CUTTER SERVICE WEAPONS & UNIFORMS

Rescue Beach Cart with Lyle Gun and Breeches Buoy.  

USCG Cutter Campbell

Coast Guard Aviation Section

EXHIBITS



The second floor includes a room dedicated to the history of the USLHS, including both lighthouses and lightships. There are uniforms, artifacts and models from the Lighthouse Service. The story of the loss of the Vineyard lightship is featured & includes a display of her original lantern.

CG 36500, a 36foot self-righting Motor Life Boat. Used in the Pendleton rescue, it is now owned, maintained and operated by the Orleans Historical Society.          USCG image

The second floor also contains exhibits on CG small boats,the USCG at war, from WW II through Afghanistan, women in the CG and USCG aviation.

MODEL MAKERS
We are fortunate to have some great model makers supporting the museum.

Among them:

Dick Matteson, Mike Maynard, Charles

Fox, Gordon Pearce, Robert

Crowley, Joseph Janard, and Robert

Horlick

Without their efforts, the CGHM would be a less interesting place.