The Coast Guard Museum Northwest (sometimes written as "Coast Guard Museum/Northwest") is dedicated to preserving the heritage of the United States Coast Guard in the Pacific Northwest. The museum is located on the property of Coast Guard Station Seattle on the Elliott Bay waterfront south of Downtown, Seattle, Washington. It covers the full range of Coast Guard roles, ranging from protecting shores, lives and property to lighthouses and lightships, from life-saving stations to rescue boats, from buoy tenders to icebreakers and weather ships and from modern aircraft to patrol boats and cutters. The museum admittance is free of charge.
Coast Guard Museum Northwest houses thousands of artifacts and a library with over 3,000 books and periodicals about U.S. Coast Guard and Pacific Northwest maritime history, over 2,500 historical documents, clippings and vessel plans, and over 15,000 photographs. Among the exhibits are numerous detailed ship models, portions of historic ships, Coast Guard uniforms, lenses from lighthouses and buoys, and the Coast Guard flag carried on the first Space Shuttle flight.