New London Maritime Society (NLMS) CUSTOM HOUSE MARITIME MUSEUM l 150 Bank Street l New London, Connecticut 06320 l 860-447-2501 l email
on view through December, 2017
Stars and Lighthouses - LIS, by David Zapatka
through January 29, 2018
PH2OTO Exhibit: Through a Diver's Eyes SECONN Skin Divers
AMISTAD: A True Story of Freedom
from two private collections: Jay Kane and Ed Uditis.
museum's most important artifact may well be the building, itself. Built
in 1833 as New London's U.S Custom House and designed by architect Robert Mills,
it has been the museum's home since 1983. New London's Custom House opened in 1835. It is the longest continuously-operating custom house in the country.
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NLMS in the NEWS
The Custom House Maritime Museum - your local, independent, community museum - open year-round - telling the stories of New London's waterfront!
In 2013, the US Postal Service made a video about New London Harbor Light. See it HERE.
Watch what we do
New London Maritime Society -- nicely nautical
The work of the New London Maritime Society - Custom House Maritime Museum is made possible by generous grants from The Chester Kitchings Family Foundation, the Gilder Lehrman Institute, National Endowment for the Humanities, the Connecticut Humanities Council, Dominion Foundation, the Bodenwein Public Benevolent Foundation, Frank Loomis Palmer Fund, Community Foundation of Eastern CT, Veolia / New London Water Authority, & and by the work of dedicated volunteers, members & friends.
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No matter how the wind howls or the sea lashes, we see clear sailing ahead for our work preserving and promoting New London's maritime heritage.
NLMS -- nicely nautical.
THANK YOU! None of what we do at the Custom House would be possible without your support.
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We work every day to preserve our maritime stories.We strive to make learning enjoyable, even fun! And we aspire to have a positive effect on the entire community, for this generation & beyond. We cannot do it without you! Please support New London Maritime Society.
New London Maritime Society is a New London-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Make a donation here on the website or by mail.
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New London Maritime Society - open year-round
your local, independent, community museum,
telling the stories of New London's waterfront.
150 Bank Street, New London, CT 06320
Winter hours: January through March
Thursday-- Sunday, 1 to 5 PM
High-Season hours: April through December
Wednesday--Sunday, 1 to 5 PM
Contact: 860.447.2501 email $7 Admission
Free for NLMS members, children age 14 and younger, USCG cadets, active-duty military & their families
Digital Exhibits go Live at Last!
The first four McGuire Library online exhibits can now be visited on the Library section of this website. "New London Postcard Collection" comprises interesting late19th/early 20th c. views of the waterfront, local lighthouses, yachts in the harbor, Ocean Beach, and other subjects Two other exhibits illustrate the career of Robert Mills (architect of the Custom House) and the history of the McGuire Maritime Library.
Future displays will highlight our special holdings on various topics, illuminating further the rich maritime history we celebrate here every day. To view the displays, click on "Digital Collections & Exhibits" after you are in the Library tab.
Master mason Harald Hefel is getting back to work
at Harbor Light.
We thank our Friends and Sponsors
Our year-long Third-Grade Local History Program, a partnership with the New London Public Schools and run by award-winning educator Jody Barthel, annually brings the City's 300 third grade students to visit up-to six local historic sites.
Dear Friend of New London Maritime Society - hello!
You can count on the New London Maritime Society to champion your maritime heritage. We celebrate the local waterfront at the Custom House Maritime Museum every day.
Please help us with a donation to our Annual Fund. Learn more HERE.
For thirty-four years, the New London Maritime Society has preserved our maritime stories and brought them to life at the Custom House Maritime Museum. With your help, we'll keep going for
thirty-four years more!
New Online Library Collections Exhibition
Working with the library collections, Brian Rogers, our librarian, has developed a number of online exhibitions this year. His latest effort illustrates what NL Maritime Society does best: celebrate the local.
William Douglass Alexander, Marine Engineer
Photographs and documents illustrating the career of William Douglass Alexander (1890-1949), Thames River ferry and tugboat fireman and engineer, U.S. Naval Reserve engineer, and civilian employee at the U.S. Submarine Base in his hometown of Groton, Connecticut.