NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Coast Guard was established over 200 years ago in 1790. It is the only armed services division that does not have a national museum. That is about to change.
On Nov. 7, The National Coast Guard Museum Association, Inc. (NCGMA) presented conceptual exhibit designs to the U.S. Coast Guard Museum Advisory Council. With the Coast Guard’s mission in mind, the exhibit design offers three major galleries spotlighting security, safety and stewardship.
A year-long review of Coast Guard history was conducted by the internationally-recognized museum planning and design firm, Gallagher & Associates. An exhibit advisory panel composed of representatives of over 20 non-profit organizations focusing on preserving the history and culture of the United State Coast Guard provided input in the review. The design concepts are the result of the completed review.
“With the advisory panel members, we gained insights and experiences of those who lived this life,” said Robert Malootian, senior designer at Gallagher & Associates. “That helps us create exhibits that are realistic and depict, in an exciting way, what it means to serve in the Coast Guard.”
“The exhibits will tell stories of the Coast Guard’s rich maritime history and about the courageous and daring men and women who proudly served in the Coast Guard,” said retired Coast Guard Capt. Jon Nickerson, coordinator of the Museum Exhibition Advisory Panel. “The National Coast Guard Museum will showcase a stunning variety of national maritime artifacts, interactive experiences and educational programs.”
The National Coast Guard Museum Association, Inc. – a 501 (c)(3) Non-Profit Charitable Organization – was created to raise funds and apply for grants for the purpose of acquiring land, designing, constructing, and developing exhibits to create a US Coast Guard national museum in the City of New London, Connecticut. More information is available on the Coast Guard Museum website.