The Life Line, painted by Winslow Homer in 1884, depicts the innovative breeches buoy in use. Similar to a zip line, stranded passengers were secured to a personal flotation device attached to a pulley. A wall mural depicting this painting will be located on Deck 02.
Museum Exhibit Facts
- 38,168 sq. ft. of exhibit space
- 600 historic objects and 5,000 images and documents
- 3 Decks / 5 Wings dedicated to exhibits
- Deck 02: Lifesavers Around the Globe
- Deck 03: Enforcers on the Seas, Defenders of Our Nation
- Deck 04: Champions of Commerce and Protectors of the Environment
- Deck 05: STEM Center
- Rotating Gallery
- Innovation Lab
Introduction to the Coast Guard
Discover how the Coast Guard developed from a small fleet of 10 cutters into a global force operating around the world.
Enforcers on the Seas
Explore the Coast Guard’s role as a law enforcement agency, from counter-piracy operations in the 18th century to modern-day drug interdictions.
Defenders of Our Nation
Discover how the Coast Guard’s war fighting capacity evolved from the Quasi-War with France to the Global War on Terror.
Champions of Commerce
Learn how the Coast Guard safeguards American and international shipping by maintaining Aids to Navigation and Marine Safety.
Protectors of the Environment
Discover the Coast Guard’s role as environmental protectors, from endangered species and fisheries enforcement to hazardous materials cleanups.
The National Coast Guard Museum is proud to feature partnering exhibitions.
The USCGC Eagle Experience
Tour America's Tall ShipWhen not underway, the USCGC Eagle will be docked pier side where the public will be able to tour the only tall ship in the American fleet. Acquired by the United States from Germany following World War II, the 295-foot Eagle serves as a training ship for the next generation of Coast Guard officers.
The Pentagon Experience
Visit the Hall of HistoryLocated on the fourth floor of the Pentagon, the Coast Guard History Exhibit covers modern counterterrorism and narcotics missions. The Coast Guard’s story is told through engaging imagery and interpretive exhibits that evoke Honor, Respect, and Devotion to Duty. Opened in 2020, the 300-foot long exhibit is available for viewing by all visitors to the Coast Guard offices within the Pentagon, or upon request for a tour.
STEM Development Center
Will feature simulated operations similar to those carried out by Coast Guard members. The missions will be STEM-focused and will allow visitors to learn what it means to be part of Team Coast Guard! Visitors grasp, through multiple forms of engagement, the qualities and skills it takes to succeed and progress in the Coast Guard.