The Coast Guard is the only branch of the U.S. Armed Forces without a national museum.
Likely to welcome visitors as early as the end of 2024, originally announced in 2014. The four-story, 54,300-square-foot steel-and-glass museum, on a 0.37-acre lot behind Union Station, will be connected by a state-funded pedestrian bridge that will also lead to the parking garage and Cross Sound Ferry terminal, giving easy access via rail, boat and private car.
800,000 visitors per year estimated
As a hub of experiential learning, the Museum will stimulate young minds and motivate the next generation of Coast Guard men and women, engineers, scientists and innovators through simulated qualifications, edifying out-of-classroom experiences and team building exercises. The primary goal is to provide a comprehensive immersion into Coast Guard life with blended and highly engaging learning experiences for every visitor. Examples of engagements that are in consideration include:
• A simulated Coast Guard Qualification Program, which requires participants to garner knowledge, demonstrate competencies, and execute a mission in the STEM Discovery Center’s Qualification and Simulation Center, named for Coast Guard Yeoman, Arnold Palmer
• Virtual reality simulators and immersive galleries allow visitors to place themselves in the role of an active duty member of the Coast Guard
• Future opportunities include the ability to teach the leadership secrets of the Coast Guard with content informed by the Admiral James M. Loy Institute for Leadership at the Coast Guard Academy