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“Helped My Family Understand”

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Maritime Museum
Ranked #18 of 188 things to do in Key West
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Owner description: 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 Corrigedor in the Philippines. She served from 1936 to 1988.
Useful Information: Baby buggy parking, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 26 November 2013

For years I have told of my experiances while in the US Navy during the early 1980s. However, today the stories came to life for my family during our visit to this ship. Seeing berthing racks and equipment of the same era help bring me closer to my family.

Thank Colewa
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Reviewed 24 November 2013

Wow, it was like walking into a time machine, experiencing a heroic Coast Guard Cutter as it was in 1988. Talking to the Foundation head that owns the ship, he basically hasn't changed it since receiving ownership and transporting it to Key West in 1988. You tour deep into the ship, enjoy a highly informative museum section outlining all the great things this ship did, and get to see really how a ship truly functions from the command control center down to the engine room. This is a once in a lifetime experience for history buffs!

Thank Brian N
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Reviewed 17 November 2013

This museum was one of our favorites on Key West. It is a self guided tour that takes you all through the ship. It is amazing to be standing on a ship that protected our country for over 52 years. Our kids loved descending down into the ship and ascending out to the decks. It was like a maze to them. We enjoyed reading about the history and seeing how the Coast Guard crew lived out their daily lives on board. It was also wonderful to stand on deck and look out across the harbor. It took us about an hour to go through the tour. Since it is self guided, you can make it as long or as short as you want.

It was definitely worth the ten dollar entry fee. ($5 for service members:active duty or retired).

It's not well advertised because they don't allow others to sell tour tickets on their behalf. But it is definitely worth seeing.

It's located close to the Eco Museum (which is free) so we toured both on the same day. It is also within walking distance to Fort Zachary Taylor.

1  Thank NiceFLTraveler
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Reviewed 12 November 2013

Not advertised this is a gem of an attraction. The most decorated vessel in US Coast Guard history it served for over 52 years. The tour allows you to see the ship as it was when it was decommissioned in 1988. The exhibits show the ship in action during wars and rescue missions. You get a feeling for what it was to serve on one of these vessels.

1  Thank rhodescholar
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Reviewed 12 November 2013

This is an amazing ship with great exhibits. It is a self guided tour. This cutter so much action in ww ll .

1  Thank jane s
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