Exhibit designs submitted for new Coast Guard museum

The National Coast Guard Museum Association said it presented conceptual exhibit designs to the U.S. Coast Guard Museum Advisory Council.
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The National Coast Guard Museum Association said it presented conceptual exhibit designs to the U.S. Coast Guard Museum Advisory Council.

The design concepts are the product of a year-long review of Coast Guard history conducted by the museum planning and design firm Gallagher & Associates.

The review included input from an exhibit advisory panel composed of representatives of more than 20 non-profit organizations focused on preserving the history and culture of the Coast Guard.

The National Coast Guard Museum will be built on the downtown waterfront in New London, Conn.

“With the advisory panel members, we gained insights and experiences of those who lived this life,” Gallagher & Associates senior designer Robert Malootian said in a statement. “That helps us create exhibits that are realistic and depict, in an exciting way, what it means to serve in the Coast Guard.”

The museum also will include an introductory wing, an educational and technology center, and waterfront and rooftop exhibits.

“The exhibits will tell stories of the service’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.”

“Presentation of the exhibit design concept is an important milestone in the development of a world-class museum that will honor the Coast Guard’s legacy of service to our nation,” said Rear Adm. Anthony Vogt, director of Coast Guard Governmental and Public Affairs. “We will continue to work closely with the association in developing the proposed designs.”

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