World War II Home Front Museum

Discover Coastal Georgia’s extraordinary contributions to winning World War II.

Test your skills as a plane spotter watching the skies for enemy aircraft. Train to direct fighter pilots like the officers at Naval Air Station St. Simons. Build a Liberty ship to transport critical supplies to troops overseas. Experience all this and more in the immersive galleries and interactives at the World War II Home Front Museum.

The Museum is housed in the Historic St. Simons Coast Guard Station, built in 1936. Step back to April 8, 1942 when the crew from this station rescued survivors of two American ships torpedoed by a German U-boat 13 miles off St. Simons Island. Visitors of all ages will be inspired by the stories of ordinary Americans doing their part to win the war.

We are recruiting volunteer docents for the Home Front Museum! We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who are interested in learning about and sharing our community’s home front history. Register on our Volunteer page or call (912) 634-7093 for more information.

Coastal Georgia Historical Society is excited to be a partner in the World War II Heritage Trail! Ten sites across the state have partnered to bring a new experience to visitors, families, and groups. Southern states were critical to the war effort during World War II (1941-1945), and none more so than Georgia.

Discover Georgia’s legacy of inspiring wartime stories at the sites that make up the new Trail. Take flight in a World War II airplane, build a Liberty ship, explore a pilot training base, march in the boots of the Band of Brothers, and learn the personal stories of courage, character, and patriotism displayed by the men and women involved. Suggested routes for North Georgia, Middle Georgia, and the Coast make it easy for visitors to experience two or three locations over a weekend. A Trail “passport” has been created so visitors can track their progress along the route, debrief their visit, and receive a confirmation stamp with the “V for Victory!”  Learn more about the Trail here

Plan Your Visit

Our hours, directions and contact information.

Coast Guard Station History

Learn more about the history of the St. Simons Coast Guard Station.

Coast Guard Station Architecture

Learn more about the architecture of the St. Simons Coast Guard Station.

J.A. Jones Shipyard Employees

See this partial list of employees who helped build Liberty Ships in Brunswick, Georgia during the war.

World War II Home Front Museum Gallery

The Museum is full of interesting oral histories. We invite you to hear an excerpt from Stanley Altman who served as a Navy gunner on several Liberty Ships.