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
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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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  • Devon D
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania21 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
  • CLEmom
    Fairview Park, Ohio17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting ship
    Visited this ship on our trip to Key West. My two boys, ages 11 and 8, enjoyed walking through and seeing the very cool exhibits and displays. We even went through twice because they wanted to see it again. I would recommend! It was fun to come out and go right into the splash pad! Great morning spent on the Ingham and then play ground and splash pad!
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 15 June 2024
  • Carter B
    Casper, Wyoming48 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great tour - recommended
    A great tour of a bit of naval history . Recommended for all ages especially if you have a history of family who have served. Excellent museum section within the ship. Was very hot the day we went, and there was plenty of welcome ventilation, fans and air conditioning.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 21 June 2024
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rachelle1625
Chicago, IL157 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
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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KateS
Hot Springs, Arkansas, United States5,963 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
My husband & I enjoyed this self-guided tour very much. We read every display, looked in every nook & cranny where allowed, & spent a significant amount of time on the various decks. If you are at all interested in our country's history from a maritime perspective, from the time this ship was built in 1936 to now, this is the tour for you. We also appreciated our service men & women a bit more after seeing first hand what everyday life onboard such a ship was like. Also, we were told that beginning in November, they hold sunset happy hours onboard, with $3 canned beer & $5 Prosecco. Makes me wish we were locals!
Written 13 October 2022
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Tisha H
Michigan4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 • Couples
This is a self guided tour and only costs $10/person. You can take as long as you want to go through the ship. It took us about 60-90 minutes. Your told at the beginning of the tour that everything, except classified documents, was left on the ship when it was decommissioned. The personnel took their personal belongings and nothing else. There are a lot of things to look at and read about the ship as you tour it. A great part of history and it was so interesting to hear the decorated stories about this ship.
Written 22 February 2021
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JULIAN F
St. Petersburg, FL15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2020
What an experience. To be inside a part of history and explore all the relics/souvenirs collected on display below deck. And the tour guide 'Michael" was so knowledgeable and entertaining story teller. I will definitely recommend to all my friends/customers as a must do when in
Written 13 December 2020
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Kevin
Minnesota41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020 • Couples
We loved this your and found it so interesting! We really enjoyed the fact it was self guided and we could take our time or circle back to parts of the ship we wanted to see again. The volunteer veteran staff were very helpful and friendly!

The ship looks like it was left untouched from
the day it was decommissioned. It took us about an hour to walk through. If you are into military history, this is definitely a must see. The admission price goes directly towards ship maintenance and preservation.

Remember, this is a military ship and it’s been left pretty much as it was during its service periods. That being said, there are a lot of narrow passageways, steep stairs, and trip hazards with watertight doors.
Written 2 December 2020
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jdcreep
38 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 • Friends
Self tour of this 327 foot ship with my fit, 75 year old mother. The ladders were bit of a challenge for me but she navigated them just fine. A lot of pictures, paintings, exhibits and readings all around the ship. We spent a little less than 2 hours covering it all at a leisurely pace.n recommend to anyone interested in ships and naval history. The guides that we interacted with were great, answered our questions and were veterans. Please visit and support this great piece of history and all who have served!
Written 25 February 2021
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alliv512
Fort Lauderdale, FL41 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Family
My husband and I went here with our 2 year old son, very cool to be able to walk through and to the self guided tour. Learned a lot about the vessel’s history and saw an actual USCGC ship and quarters. Would definitely do this again! We unfortunately were not able to go back for the sunset event but will definitely be doing it on a return trip down to Key West.
Written 24 October 2020
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Benwa52
Ewing, New Jersey71 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2021
I had always thought the U.S.C.G.C. was an active duty ship during prior visits to Key West. Thankfully, I finally learned that it wasn't and that it was actually a museum.

There were only a couple of other people when I boarded ship so I was able to actually stop, read and contemplate throughout the self-guided tour.

Please do yourself a favor and visit this floating piece of American history. The $10.00 fee is de minimis compared to what you will see and learn. Also, make a generous extra donation to ensure that the Ingham is around for longer than its 52 years of active service.
Written 16 January 2021
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Sblouviere
124 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2023 • Family
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.
Written 11 July 2023
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clementine05
Dallas, TX322 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Family
We stopped by on our last day in KW. Their credit card machine was not working, so we could not pay. They insisted we visit for free. The gracious hosts and Captain Bill help create a wonderful experience. I’ve never been on a military vessel before and it was very interesting and eye opening. Made me further appreciate the service and sacrifice of all those who have served. I would highly recommend a visit. It took less than 30 mins but was well worth it.
Written 16 March 2022
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