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U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Maritime Museum
Ranked #11 of 169 things to do in Key West
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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. Open: Tuesday thru Saturday 10am to 4pm.
Useful Information: Stroller parking, Bathroom facilities
Galveston Island, Texas
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50 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Interesting”
Reviewed December 24, 2012

I like going to museums, exhibits and libraries. It was informative.
You will respect the Coast Guard after a tour. Nice folks

Visited December 2012
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Oxford Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“A must see for anyone visiting Key West!!!”
Reviewed December 18, 2012

This is absolutely an amazing tour! Since my husband is somewhat of a history buff, we have been on many a tour of old military vessels and this was by far the best! This ship was involved in three wars and as a result the history of the ship is stunning. When the vessel was decomissioned everything was left on board including the dishes, pots, pans, sick bay supplies, logs, paperwork, captains furniture,etc. it really gives you a sense of what it would be like to be to be assigned to a ship of this vessel!

As a woman I found this fascinating. As men, my husband and father-in-law were equally entranced! The self guided tour is easy to follow and covers almost all of the ship. It includes a video and many stops wi an audio running telling of the area you are exploring. I highly recommend this tour for anyone visiting the area. Although it is not handicapped accessible my 90 year old father-in-law did ok and saw most of it. Staff were there and assisted with a shortcut at the end to save on maneuvering another set of stairs. The cost is very reasonable.

Visited December 2012
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Albany, New York
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9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“A great piece of history!”
Reviewed December 15, 2012

We just toured the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham. Very well presented self-guided tour of the most decorated U.S. ship. Reasonably priced at $10 (with discounts for military) it was very worth the time and price. We got to see almost every place on board. A great history lesson. NOT handicapped accessible, though. We went as a couple, but it would be good for just about anyone, adults, teens, but I probably would not take small children as there are a lot of stairs up and down to the various decks.

Visited December 2012
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Richmond, Virginia
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253 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
“Every American should see this shp”
Reviewed December 14, 2012

I will own the fact from the outset that we are a military family, as well as history buffs. But besides that, everyone should come walk the decks and passageways of this ship. You can almost feel the thousands who worked on it to defend us. As the docent tells you, they literally walked off the ship when it was decommissioned. Papers, machinery, etc are still sitting out.

If your cruise stops in Key West, I would highly recommend it. The $10 admission is not even enough to cover the cost of keeping it open. It is a nice ten minute walk through a beautiful neighborhood to get there.

CRUISERS TIP: If you moored at the Navy pier, you need to walk back to the main square in town or to the front gate of the base to catch the shuttle.

Visited December 2012
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Peterborough, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Really cool museum!”
Reviewed December 12, 2012

If you have any interest in the Coast Guard and/or history of US ships in general, this is an AMAZING opportunity to board a ship and feel like you were there. Very cool!

Visited December 2012
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