U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Maritime Museum

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Maritime Museum

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Maritime Museum
4.5
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10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
327 Foot museum ship from WWII and Viet Nam. It is a National Historic Landmark. INGHAM served our country from 1936 to 1988 and in 1985 was the most decorated ship in United States Service as noted in a letter from President Ronald Reagan in the exhibit room. It is the last American Warship afloat to have sunk a German U-Boat (626) in WWII. It served as the Flagship for the seaside operation of General MacArthur's return to Corregidor in the Philippines. She served from 1936 to 1988. The ship is totally intact as if was on decommissioning day. Offering one of the best Sunset viewing venues in Key West on Friday and Saturday Evenings, serving wines and various Beers.
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  • David K
    Toronto, Canada10 contributions
    Fantastic museum and tour of the Cutter
    Cutter with 52 years of service. Most decorated boat in the USN. The whole history of its service covered in detail including the history and all the parts of the boat open for viewing. Took over 2 hours with no boredom in sight. Loved it and realise dwhat a tough and dangerous jobe the crew has in the Atlantic convoys even before the US officcilly entered the war.
    Visited January 2023
    Written 18 January 2023
  • Chandra M
    Granbury, Texas5 contributions
    Quick, historical gem to visit in Key West!
    Did a quick drop in on our way to the park beach. Takes about an hour to go through it so it is very well laid out with clear directions & a lot to see. One thing I thought was so cool is that it said this ship is a walking time capsule w/everything that was left behind remaining in boat. I would highly recommend not only for the wealth of knowledge but also the beautiful ocean views up top.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 June 2023
  • Sblouviere
    45 contributions
    Knowledgeable staff leads to amazing history lesson!
    This was on my son’s Key West To Do List. So glad that we did it. The staff is friendly and very knowledgeable on the vessel and it’s history. Once you enter the vessel, the tour is self guided with pre-recorded information as you enter the different sections. As you step in it is as you have stepped back in time. Many of the areas have been preserved as it was when the last serviceman were serving on the ship. An area of the ship has been turned into a mini museum with many pictures of the ship while it was in service. Wear comfortable shoes that are securely attached to your feet as there are slim stair cases, almost ladders, that you will be going up and down on.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 11 July 2023
  • Devon D
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania16 contributions
    Loved It, Worth The Time
    The space you tour by yourself is very long. You can either go slow, or faster depending on your time, but you can easily spend 2 hours on the boat going through everything. The tour is not short by any means if you don’t make it that way. It’s cool to see the inside of the ship, and how everyone lived on it. You would expect it to be an oven in there, but even on hot days there are fans and air coming in that make it easy to deal with. I was surprised. We loved it, and it’s definitely a must for anyone going to Key West, or anyone who just has never done it before.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 August 2023
  • HeritageSoftail14843
    Trinity, Florida203 contributions
    Hidden gem in Key West
    This is a hidden gem in Key West! So muc history involved in this cutter, and a must see for anyone who appreciates where the country has come from to be where it is at today. The staff were all very friendly and nice, offering details and answering questions. The entire cutter is toured at your own pace with recordings at different stations. They also have a small gift shop and a bar area where you can buy a beer and sit on the covered deck and enjoy the view after (or before) your tour. They apparently also have happy hours every Friday and Saturday evening. A must do if you live in the area!
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 20 October 2023
  • Anna H
    12 contributions
    MUST SEE in Key West
    Amazingly preserved and well maintained ship from WWII. Very kind and informative staff. The self guided tour with written instructions takes through the whole boat inside out and truly shows the rich history of this ship. You can take as long as you want to explore the ship, at the end you can have a refreshing beverage on the deck overlooking the marina (reasonable prices and no crowds) Very much recommended while in Key West!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 November 2023
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Anna H
12 contributions
Nov 2023 • Family
Amazingly preserved and well maintained ship from WWII. Very kind and informative staff. The self guided tour with written instructions takes through the whole boat inside out and truly shows the rich history of this ship. You can take as long as you want to explore the ship, at the end you can have a refreshing beverage on the deck overlooking the marina (reasonable prices and no crowds) Very much recommended while in Key West!
Written 1 November 2023
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HeritageSoftail14843
Trinity, FL203 contributions
Oct 2023 • Family
This is a hidden gem in Key West! So muc history involved in this cutter, and a must see for anyone who appreciates where the country has come from to be where it is at today. The staff were all very friendly and nice, offering details and answering questions. The entire cutter is toured at your own pace with recordings at different stations. They also have a small gift shop and a bar area where you can buy a beer and sit on the covered deck and enjoy the view after (or before) your tour. They apparently also have happy hours every Friday and Saturday evening. A must do if you live in the area!
Written 20 October 2023
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Diane K
Venice, FL3,999 contributions
Aug 2023 • Couples
During the tour there are many flights of steep ladders to go up and down. It was interesting to tour the ship and learn about how it and the men in it served our country. Our self-guided tour took a little more than an hour.
Written 22 August 2023
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Devon D
Philadelphia, PA16 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
The space you tour by yourself is very long. You can either go slow, or faster depending on your time, but you can easily spend 2 hours on the boat going through everything. The tour is not short by any means if you don’t make it that way. It’s cool to see the inside of the ship, and how everyone lived on it. You would expect it to be an oven in there, but even on hot days there are fans and air coming in that make it easy to deal with. I was surprised. We loved it, and it’s definitely a must for anyone going to Key West, or anyone who just has never done it before.
Written 8 August 2023
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Kevin
1 contribution
Jul 2023 • Family
Staff was awesome was worth it. Everyone should experience this . Highly recommend everyone do this. Self guided tour
Written 5 August 2023
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Sblouviere
45 contributions
Jun 2023 • Family
This was on my son’s Key West To Do List. So glad that we did it.

The staff is friendly and very knowledgeable on the vessel and it’s history. Once you enter the vessel, the tour is self guided with pre-recorded information as you enter the different sections. As you step in it is as you have stepped back in time. Many of the areas have been preserved as it was when the last serviceman were serving on the ship. An area of the ship has been turned into a mini museum with many pictures of the ship while it was in service.

Wear comfortable shoes that are securely attached to your feet as there are slim stair cases, almost ladders, that you will be going up and down on.
Written 11 July 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Lon P
Mount Pleasant, SC5 contributions
Jul 2023 • Friends
Great opportunity to learn a little history and inspire young people. Highly recommend visiting this ship to all, but it is a must see for families - and there is an awesome playground next to it.
Written 2 July 2023
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Chandra M
Granbury, TX5 contributions
Jun 2023 • Couples
Did a quick drop in on our way to the park beach. Takes about an hour to go through it so it is very well laid out with clear directions & a lot to see. One thing I thought was so cool is that it said this ship is a walking time capsule w/everything that was left behind remaining in boat. I would highly recommend not only for the wealth of knowledge but also the beautiful ocean views up top.
Written 14 June 2023
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

JP Olathe
3 contributions
Jan 2023 • Couples
Amazing experience. The volunteers that work here are so passionate. Go during sunset and watch the sun go down and have a drink on the boat. Great views.
Written 6 April 2023
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John O
Villa Ridge, MO1 contribution
An absolute must-see for maritime enthusiasts, history fans, or those who value the stories of those who fought to protect our freedom. In addition to a well done self guided tour, which basically gives you free run of the ship, there are multiple enthusiastic volunteers on board who are happy to answer and questions and help tell the ship’s story. Also, there are tons of historical momentos throughout the ship, which make the ship feel like it was retired from service yesterday.

This ship is not just a Coast Guard Cutter that saved vessels in distress. It is a warship that saw combat in WW2 and Vietnam, and sank a german U-boat!

Please stop by and support this piece of our history!
Written 1 April 2023
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