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“Great couple of hours exploring the Ingham in Key West”

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Maritime Museum
Ranked #11 of 180 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: Bathroom facilities, Baby buggy parking
Reviewed 30 April 2014

My son was very excited to check out the USCG Cutter Ingham on a recent vacation. Just steps from our door, he was ready at 10am when they opened. Extremely nice and friendly staff. Took the self guided tour through the Ingham - a time capsule. Very interesting, well maintained and friendly staff to assist. Well worth a visit!

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Reviewed 29 April 2014

Nice tour and great lesson on the Coast Guards place in military history. Nice stop near Fort Zachary and other close attractions.

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Reviewed 28 April 2014

So much history on this vessel. It is staffed by volunteers and they know the history of it. The ship was purchased by a gentleman who was in the service. It was the longest serving ship in the coast guard. They have a self guided tour and so many of the original items from the ship are just as they were left when it was decommissioned. Sailors belongings, paperwork, medical supplies, computers. My dad served in the coast guard when he was younger and we took lots of pictures to show him. They also have a website that you can take a 360 degree tour and he did that also. It brought back so many memories for him and he recalled some stories like they happened just yesterday. So glad we were able to do this and bring a piece of it hoe to share with him.

Thank tam2gab
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Reviewed 28 April 2014

This attraction needs to be seen! It is a time capsule from when the ship was decommissioned in the 80s. It contains wonderful photos and all the original objects are still on board. This museum is privately funded. A gentleman purchased it to keep it from becoming scrap. It is just as interesting as the Yorktown, and other more famous ship museums but it doesn't have as much recognition or resources. It is staffed by several dedicated workers who want to preserve it so that future generations can see and learn about how this ship and crew served our country in several wars. As it turns out, I learned that this ship was involved in liberating the Phillippines in WWII. My dad was from the Phillippines and had been forced to abandon his home with his family and live in the mountains after the Japanese invaded. This ship actually assisted in freeing the town of Dumagete where my dad lived. If you go to Key West, please make the effort to visit this special place! It's well worth your time.

Thank Kristin S
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Reviewed 24 April 2014

We visited Key West with the whole family from ages 3 to 68, and all of us thoroughly enjoyed touring this ship. I somehow didn't know about it before arriving in Key West, didn't see it listed on any of the tourism websites, but we saw it in the harbor and luckily found it that way. After a short introduction from a volunteer it's a self-guided tour which is important when traveling with young children who can't stand still quietly at random intervals. They let you walk all over the vessel, up and down- make sure you have enough adults to keep a hand on each little one, there are several places where they could badly fall (but it's fine as long as you watch them). We really enjoyed how everything is frozen in time from the 80s, makes you realize how long ago that actually was! The ship saw a lot of action too which is well documented in the museum. Definitely worth a visit!

Thank Megan B
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