Street Address
Truman Waterfront
15 E Quay Road
Key West, FL 33040
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 186
Key West, FL 33040
phone: 305-219-6600
Monday - Saturday10 AM - 4 PM
Adults: $12
Military: $6
Active Duty Coast Guard: free
Children(over 12): $6
Children under 12: Free
Gift Shop
Online Gift Shop
Special Event Rental
Group Tours
Bill Verge, LT, USCGR (Ret.), Executive Director
phone: 305-219-6600
Chip Powell, Chief Engineer
Peter Wieting, Maintenance Supervisor
Katie Powell, Office Manager
Nicholas Lombardi, Maintenance


The Ingham is a National Historic Landmark, a museum, and a living classroom designed to inform and inspire generations to come. As a non-governmental, non-profit maritime museum, it is a repository of historical artifacts, a life-changing classroom for at-risk youth, and a powerful reminder of the U.S. Coast Guard's role in protecting America in times of peace and times of war. Rotating displays of artifacts like compasses, barometers, uniforms, photos, and memorabilia are exhibited in various cabins, staterooms, ward room, dining area, and other departments.

Artifacts Collections

Artifacts include U.S. Coast Guard manuals, watch bills, equipment, dishes, silverware, gear,uniforms and memorabilia of former crew members. These artifacts from her last days in service convey a sense that the crew has just stepped ashore. An onboard gallery showcases historic photographs connected to Ingham's service.

Research Collections

Ingham is the most decorated vessel in U.S. service. She is the only ship in Coast Guard service which earned the Presidential Unit Citation, and received this rare award twice. After capping an illustrious career as the oldest active commissioned U. S. naval vessel, she retired in 1988 to become a world-class maritime museum. The Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard designated Ingham as a National Memorial to Coast Guardsman who died defending their country in World War II and Vietnam. Collection includes U. S. Coast Guard documents, files, records, logs and reports from 1935-1988. The library houses about 300 books about the military, WWII, VietNam and Coast Guard cutters in the Secretary class. The USCGC Ingham (WHEC-35) is one of only two preserved Secretary-class cutters, and the last surviving warship to have served on the Neutrality Patrol, a significant and early American naval response to the Second World War.

Educational Programs

  • Guided ship tours daily for public;
  • Specialized tours for students, scouts, historians, and Jr ROTC programs;
  • Conferences and lectures in association with partners such as Historic Naval Ship Association (International), Ingham Association, Southernmost Chiefs Petty Officers Association, Navy League, Key West Maritime Historical Society.


Lecture Halls

Performance Areas


Access: General Public, Students, Scholars

Appointment required: Yes


Newsletter, Annual report, website, social media

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The Gift Shop contains a variety of INGHAM-related gear -- for the serious and casual collector alike. Your purchase of these items goes to support the USCGC INGHAM Museum. Price includes shipping and handling.

Volunteer Opportunities

It takes a lot of work to keep a cutter the size of INGHAM looking sharp. We're always looking for expertise and elbow grease - if you can help, we'd love to have you aboard. Our continuous needs are for sailors & landlubbers with experience in: •Welding and pipefitting •Painting and coating •Shipboard electrical systems

Event Rentals with Best Sunset in Key West

Not only is the Ingham is a National Historic Landmark, it offers the best sunset view of any facility in Key West available for special event rentals.

Gift Shop

Online Gift Shop

Special Event Rental

Group Tours