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
Military MuseumsShipsHistory Museums
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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  • Sblouviere
    124 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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, Pennsylvania18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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, Florida212 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
  • gary s
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great piece of history the shouldn't be missed
    This ship is a piece of history, especially as its related to the role of the US Coast Guard in so many aspects of maritime history. It was highly decorated, sank a UBoat in 1942 and was Gen. McArthur's Operations command ship when he returned to th Phillipines in 1945. From Vietnam to the Meriel boat lift among many other missions is explained in this self guided tour. Spend as much time was you can. Many audio and video displays. See how they lived on board. If your lucky, the retired Coastie who saved the ship from the the scrap heap will be on board and help answer any questions along with the knowledgeable staff. Kids love it too. They even got to ring the ship's bell. Light snack bar, beer, wine sodas and small gift shop. Sometimes they do a sunset get together happy hour that is quite nice.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 January 2024
  • Navigate795463
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A fun adventure
    Gary and his wife were so accommodating and sweet. The self guided tour was very informative and incredible to step back in time and see the conditions they lived and worked in on the ship. Everything has been perfectly preserved. This is a must see if you’re in the area!
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 6 January 2024
  • pat l
    Gainesville, Georgia1,105 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great ship tour!
    We took a lengthy tour of this cutter - there was just so much to see! We enjoyed everything about the ship - it was a great museum and everything was really well done. The ship has an amazing history. Definitely worth a visit!
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 January 2024
  • Joan R
    260 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great history lesson!
    My husband and I visited the cutter on a Friday. It was so interesting! It was built before WWII and saw battle in WWII and Vietnam as well lots of other deployments! This historical beauty is attended to by all volunteers! They are amazing to keep her up for all of to visit! We spent 2 hours touring and we would have spent longer but they were about to close. We had the ship to ourselves so we took our time reading! One of the volunteers came and found us and answer tons of questions for us. He even took us to see the roped off boiler room! We got to sit in the mess hall and watch a show about the Ingham! Oh the operating table was in the mess hall! Not joking! Please got see this ship! It is an amazing piece of history!!!! If it wasn’t for the volunteers and donations the Ingham would not be here for us to view! Thank you volunteers!!!
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 March 2024
  • Erin G
    18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hidden gem and such an important piece of history!
    Stumbled into this late into our visit to Key West, but my Dad and I are so glad we were able to visit! This ship is one of the most decorated ships from service and fully preserved inside. It's like time stood still. So much information to view, listen, and read on the self-guided tour. Highly recommend!!
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 24 March 2024
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Michele W
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
It was a fascinating glimpse into the history of this ship. We first-rate tour guide. We hope this ship continues to get the care and preservation it deserves for long into the future.
Written 30 April 2024
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Erin G
18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Stumbled into this late into our visit to Key West, but my Dad and I are so glad we were able to visit! This ship is one of the most decorated ships from service and fully preserved inside. It's like time stood still. So much information to view, listen, and read on the self-guided tour. Highly recommend!!
Written 24 March 2024
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Joan R
marietta260 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
My husband and I visited the cutter on a Friday. It was so interesting! It was built before WWII and saw battle in WWII and Vietnam as well lots of other deployments! This historical beauty is attended to by all volunteers! They are amazing to keep her up for all of to visit! We spent 2 hours touring and we would have spent longer but they were about to close. We had the ship to ourselves so we took our time reading! One of the volunteers came and found us and answer tons of questions for us. He even took us to see the roped off boiler room! We got to sit in the mess hall and watch a show about the Ingham! Oh the operating table was in the mess hall! Not joking! Please got see this ship! It is an amazing piece of history!!!! If it wasn’t for the volunteers and donations the Ingham would not be here for us to view! Thank you volunteers!!!
Written 8 March 2024
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MALDI-TOF
Georgetown, KY3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
Outstanding! I thoroughly enjoyed my visit in particular because it is so well furnished with items from the day it was decommissioned. It tells the story of life on the sea for the Coast Guard.
Written 25 February 2024
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KakiBW
Ellicott City, MD522 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We really enjoyed this unique museum/ship tour. Highly recommend. However, you need to be able to go up and down steep ladders/stairs. I was surprised there was no warning about this before you started the tour.
Written 25 January 2024
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pat l
Gainesville, GA1,105 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
We took a lengthy tour of this cutter - there was just so much to see! We enjoyed everything about the ship - it was a great museum and everything was really well done. The ship has an amazing history. Definitely worth a visit!
Written 15 January 2024
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John S
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
This ship displays the most informative and interesting history of any military vessel I have visited. The added displays and original equipment gives you a true feeling of what life was like living aboard this vessel during its historic endeavors.
Written 9 January 2024
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Navigate795463
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Gary and his wife were so accommodating and sweet. The self guided tour was very informative and incredible to step back in time and see the conditions they lived and worked in on the ship. Everything has been perfectly preserved. This is a must see if you’re in the area!
Written 6 January 2024
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gary s
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
This ship is a piece of history, especially as its related to the role of the US Coast Guard in so many aspects of maritime history. It was highly decorated, sank a UBoat in 1942 and was Gen. McArthur's Operations command ship when he returned to th Phillipines in 1945. From Vietnam to the Meriel boat lift among many other missions is explained in this self guided tour. Spend as much time was you can. Many audio and video displays. See how they lived on board. If your lucky, the retired Coastie who saved the ship from the the scrap heap will be on board and help answer any questions along with the knowledgeable staff. Kids love it too. They even got to ring the ship's bell. Light snack bar, beer, wine sodas and small gift shop. Sometimes they do a sunset get together happy hour that is quite nice.
Written 4 January 2024
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Karen M
Alabama Mountain Lakes, AL38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
We so enjoyed learning about the Coast Guard and the history and important missions of the Ingham. A beautiful treasure to explore while in Key West. Nice diversion from the usual activities and located in beautiful Truman Waterfront Park.
Written 2 December 2023
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