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The National Coast Guard Museum will be filled with sophisticated interactive exhibits that show-off the latest air and sea-navigation technology that has carried the U.S. Coast Guard into the 21st Century.

The architect-designed steel and glass museum space will also be used to tell compelling stories of the Coast Guard’s past. Galleries will feature artifacts from tall ships, paintings of dramatic moments of rescues at sea, and official records that document the history of the Coast Guard.

“The purpose of the museum is to inspire and enlighten,” said Dick Grahn, president of the National Coast Guard Museum Association. “The life-and-death consequences of the Coast Guard’s missions will lend themselves to spectacular exhibits within the dramatic architecture being designed for the museum. Early concepts have called for simulators that recreate helicopter rescues in storms at sea, and the movement of a ship’s bridge under the heavy duress of a storm to give visitors a full immersion in Coast Guard life.”

But first, the Museum Exhibit Advisory Panel (MEAP), a blue ribbon panel of distinguished Coast Guard champions, has been called upon to provide advice as to how best to present the themes, stories and artifacts that will be on display at the National Coast Guard Museum.

On July 30 and 31, the MEAP leaders met at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT, to begin the process of recommending the exhibition designs at the museum, which will be built on the New London Waterfront.