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“History Well Preserved”

U.S. Coast Guard Cutter Ingham Maritime Museum
Ranked #11 of 177 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
Scottsdale, Arizona
Level 6 Contributor
183 reviews
57 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 154 helpful votes
“History Well Preserved”
Reviewed February 11, 2013 via mobile

We toured the ship and were amazed at the complexity of the systems below decks. Quite an engineering feat to make it all work. The tour leads you through the interior of the ship. You have to descend and then climb a number of ladders so if you have any problem with ladders, this probably is not the attraction for you. It was interesting seeing how the officers and enlisted men lived on the ship and also learning a bit about the ship's history. Gave us a better appreciation of life at sea aboard a fighting vessel. Well worth the $10.00 per person admission fee.

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Rochester, NY
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“Intimate glimpse at naval history”
Reviewed February 10, 2013

If you have even the smallest bit of interest of what it must be like to serve aboard a large ship them it is worth the time to explore this museum. The entrance fee is $10 and you will walk out with a much greater appreciation of what it is like to live on a ship like this for an extended period.

I have toured other ship/museums but what makes this one unique is, as others have mentioned, the ship and its effects were left largely intact once it docked for the last time. That gives you an excellent idea of what life was like on an everyday basis. From duty schedules still posted to crockery and tools right where the ought to be, you can imagine yourself right aboard. I got a kick out of the Christmas menu posted in the eating hall. My only disappointment was not being able to get a better look at the steam engines.

The ship itself has quite a history, the ship was heavily decorated having served in several wars. There is a small museum with effects, photos and paintings along with interpretative placards. I spent nearly as much time in the museum as I did touring the ship. Everything is well done and well put together. I walked out of the ship impressed. The self guided tour took us about 1.5 hours to complete as we were very thorough. The experience is not full of frills, the attraction is the boat itself and that was more than enough for me.

Visited January 2013
Thank danrodz
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Farmington, Connecticut
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Impressive and moving!”
Reviewed February 9, 2013

The ship saw action including in WW II and Vietnam. Its great and extensive history well preserved and explained. Entrance fee is very much worth it.

Visited February 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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15 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“A wonderful time capsule”
Reviewed January 26, 2013

What a great way to spend a few hours trolling through a ship that is a living time capsule of what it was like to serve on this ship, from the 1930's through to the 80's. Everything was left aboard, right down to the cutlery and crockery when the US Coast Guard turned the ship over as a museum in 1988, after the Ingham had serve the U.S. Coast Guard for a remarkable fifty-two years!
It is a self guided tour, which is great because if you want to linger on the bridge you can do so without holding everybody up. An audio explanation is available in every major ship component, from the wardroom through to the mess without having to cart around portable audio players.
Ship staff (mostly veteran volunteers) are very knowledgeable and they are very patient, willing to answer innumerable questions as to what it was like to serve aboard a vessel like this.
These ships were the workhorses of the fleet and it is remarkable the number of roles they played, from convoy escort duty, to weather station, to amphibious flagship.
The Ingham is both a museum and a monument to those killed serving aboard Coast Guard vessels.

Visited January 2013
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Phoenix, Arizona
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35 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Go see!”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

The Cutter is a self-guided tour. See the ship just as they left it. The volunteers on board are former service people and truly like their job. You can go on so many areas of the cutter and take your time, no one rushes you. It is not appropriate for those with mobility issues, a lot of ladders and stairs. A little confining in some spots. They even let you use the bathrooms the cutter staff used.

Visited January 2013
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