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.
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.
Rescue Swimmer Gear
Coast Guard Aviation Section
Brass items from the oil era of lighthouses. Brass was used to prevent sparks.
USLS Vineyard Lantern
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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.
We are fortunate to have some great model makers supporting the museum.
Dick Matteson, Mike Maynard, Charles
Fox, Gordon Pearce, Robert
Crowley, Joseph Janard, and Robert
Without their efforts, the CGHM would be a less interesting place.
Coast Guard Heritage Museum
Women in the USCG