COAST GUARD MUSEUM
Northwest
Pier 36, Base Seattle, 1519 Alaskan Way South
Seattle, Washington
(206) 217-6993

FREE admission


Visit the Museum -

Exhibits on display include:

  • Thousands of Coast Guard related items
  • A Lighthouse Service clock, circa 1860
  • Uniforms, old and new
  • Ship's wheels, binnacles, etc.
  • A number of lighthouse and buoy lenses
  • A piece of HMS BOUNTY
  • Part of 'Old Ironsides", USS CONSTITUTION
  • The Coast Guard flag carried on the first shuttle flight

  • Several exquisitely crafted large models of Revenue Cutter Service and Coast Guard cutters
  • The ship's bell from the steam tug ROOSEVELT, Admiral Peary's ship during his quest for the North Pole
  • A Revenue Cutter Service ensign from Capt. 'Hell-Roarin' Mike Healy's BEAR, circa 1900
  • The sextant from the U-boat U-873 captured by the Coast Guard manned USS DURANT during WWII
  • Items from the German trawler EXTERNSTEINE captured by EASTWIND off Greenland in WWII
  • Thousands of photos and slides of cutter, aircraft, lighthouses, crews and stations
  • The largest public collection of Coast Guard patches

Research resources include:

  • Over three thousand books and periodicals covering Coast Guard and Northwest maritime history
  • Over twenty five hundred historical documents, clippings and vessel plans
  • Over fifteen thousand photographs dating back into the 19th century

Visit Coast Guard cutters -

The red-hulled icebreakers POLAR STAR, POLAR SEA and HEALY are homeported here, as well as the 378' high-endurance patrol cutters MELLON and MIDGETT. They may be available to visitors. Go aboard and ask!


The Museum is staffed entirely by volunteers.
If you'd like to help, PLEASE give us a call!

Our hours are:

Monday, Wednesday and Friday,
        9:00 am to 3:00 pm (0900-1500)
Closed Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday

Come see us! Please call ahead of your visit so we can clear you and/or your group through the Base gate!

Last updated: 7/9/2010