U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Maritime Museum

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Maritime Museum, Key West

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U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Maritime Museum

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Maritime Museum
4.5
Military Museums • Ships • History Museums
Temporarily closedClosed until Dec 1, 2021
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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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rachelle1625
Chicago, IL162 contributions
A fantastic piece of history
Aug 2021
Touring this vessel was so fascinating. They did a great job preserving the details and character of the times, while also bringing in several museum elements to help tell the full story of the ship's life and contribution to important moments in history.

Side note, Key West is hot. If you were at all deterred from visiting this museum because you thought the boat would be hotter, rest assured that there is AC in many places and fans throughout! It often felt cooler than the air outside.

Highly recommend a visit here!!
Written 9 August 2021
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Capturinglight
Fort Worth, TX6 contributions
Must do!
Aug 2021 • Family
Excellent! Great stop in Key West if you are a history or military buff. They had fans inside, so that made it even better! Cheapest thing to do in Key West. Would do again. Leave some money for the veterans.
Written 6 August 2021
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Katrina C
13 contributions
Hands-on history lesson!!!
Jul 2021
USCG Cutter Ingham is full of history. My family and I were excited to walk through this ship and learn her importance in our nations history. The volunteers on this ship were very informative, friendly and passionate about preserving the Ingham.
Written 2 August 2021
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Robn G
Cape Coral, FL17 contributions
Great Opportunity to view retired Cutter and a slice of History
Jul 2021
The opportunity to view the retired cutter was fantastic. We were able to see most of the ship and learn of its history and service to our great county. Fun and educational.
Written 12 July 2021
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Bob B
Gilbert, AZ73 contributions
Highly recommended
Jun 2021
Great self-guided tour of a retired US Coast Guard Cutter with an impressive resume. Definitely worth checking out. My 2 young adult children also loved it.
Written 10 July 2021
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CCL2839
United States80 contributions
Historic story of service
Jun 2021 • Couples
Educational self-guided tour of a historic Coast Guard Cutter. Learn about World War II and Vietnam. The more you read the more you learn. Plenty for young people to see in display cases. Great for kids and any age who can still climb and go down ladders. I did see a sign for a rainy day tour so don’t let weather stop you. We met some volunteer staff. If former vets or anyone with a love of history and ships could volunteer even a few times a month, it would help. They currently only have 4 volunteers. Hope the City of Key West can support their efforts to preserve all the heroic efforts of crew who lived and served aboard the Ingraham through history. The most historically authentic sound was the recording playing in the Morse code room. A battle weary sailor from NY saying good-bye, asking that his family be contacted and that he loves them -naming each by name. So many people just hurried through the tour. Take your time to read, view, and listen.
Please take care to keep this ship going with more volunteers.
Written 12 June 2021
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hutz1
Maine56 contributions
All Aboard the Ingham - U.S. Coast Guard History
Jun 2021
This is a great tour. It is something a little different to do when visiting Key West. The staff was very knowledgeable and very friendly. It was interesting to walk throughout the ship and imagine how the crew lived there. We highly recommend this tour. The small fee to go aboard and donations are put back into the ship to keep it available for everyone to see the history.
Written 5 June 2021
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tmini2010
Cambridge, MA85 contributions
Self guided tour - interesting military history
Jun 2021
Greeted by a local vet and took a self guided tour of this historic ship. Worth the $10 to get a glimpse of history
Written 5 June 2021
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EAL17
Maryville, TN140 contributions
Cool Tour, Great Alternative to the Beach!
May 2021
First day in the Keys we got scorched. Spent the second day at the beach as well. By the third day we were looking for something interesting to do indoors. Take a break from the beach and see the Ingham! My family loved it! I have four kids from 8 to 16, and they enjoyed it to varying levels. They would get a little impatient sometimes when Mom and Dad read signs, especially in the museum portion of the ship. We would point out interesting tidbits and aspects of the ship to get their minds thinking and keep them engaged. They sat glued to the video, of course. But they did have a great time exploring the ship and learning about her amazing history. We all agreed it was great to be out of the sun. Cost wasn't bad, better then a lot of attractions in the Keys (note the cost of parking in Key West is brutal though). The crew members were all friendly and helpful, patiently answering questions from my kids. There was a lot to see on the ship, officers quarters, kitchens, bunk rooms, etc. We spent about 3 hours or so going through it, but it can be seen much quicker, especially if you breeze through the museum. Ended the tour with a stop at the gift shop and snack bar. They actually had craft beer on tap (not a huge selection, but still, quite welcome and refreshing)! Mom and Dad got some adult refreshments, the kids got ice creams...
Written 2 June 2021
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Jason B
Spring Hill, Tennessee, United States2 contributions
Must visit.
May 2021 • Family
This is a must see for families and those interested in walking the decks of history and seeing what you don't get from history books or classes. The history of this fine ship is interesting and the self guided tour is well laid out. The folks on board are very knowledgeable and Capt. Bill is wonderful. This is managed by a non-profit group.
Written 28 May 2021
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