Photo: Full color


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

Affiliated Exhibitions

The National Coast Guard Museum is proud to feature partnering exhibitions.

  • In-Person Tour

    The USCGC Eagle Experience

    Tour America's Tall Ship

    When 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.
    Color photograph of U.S. Coast Guard Barque
  • Exhibit

    The Pentagon Experience

    Visit the Hall of History

    Located 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.
    Photo: An informational display covering the
Concept art rending of National Coast Guard STEM Center, command center mission experience. Image shows museum visitors are involved the simulation.

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.