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.

None of what we do would be possible without support from like-minded individuals whose contributions keep us going every single day, week, month, and year; whether we're running a boat tour to Plum Island, or researching a manuscript in our library. By contributing to the Society's Annual Fund, you provide the essential day-to-day support that enables us to preserve, protect, and present New London's maritime heritage. 
Every contribution counts.

Please take a moment to make a 100% tax deductible donation to the  New London Maritime Society. The New London Maritime Society 
is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization, tax ID #06-10866688.

New London Maritime Society (NLMS) - CUSTOM HOUSE MARITIME MUSEUM  150 Bank Street, New London, Connecticut  06320 -  phone: 860-447-2501 fax: 860-447-8086
The Custom House Maritime Museum - your local, independent, community museum - open year-round - telling the stories of New London's waterfront!
Race Rock Light  Curated by Pierce Rafferty. ​ 

AMISTAD: A True Story of Freedom  
a permanent exhibition at the site of the original Amistad events of 1839.
See New London Maritime Society's Amistad exhibition at  United Nations headquarters, NYC, March 2010.  HERE.    International Day of Rememberance - United Nations - March 25, 2012

Vintage Dive Helmets 
from two private collections:  Jay Kane and Ed Uditis.

The 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.

COMING UP - opening in May

Kids Ahoy - illustrating the maritime influence on children's fashions, toys & entertainment since Queen Victoria's day

US Customs Service - 226 Years of protecting Our Borders


Read the new 2015 SPRING NEWSLETTER

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in the NEWS

North Stonington lighthouse keeper appears on National Geographic Channel  The Day  4.16.15

Amistad tours will be available in New London to students 
The Day  4.13.15

Video: The Mystique of the Lighthouse: Legend and Lore, at Hartford's Old State House, with Jeremy D'Entremont, Judy Dworin, and NLMS director Susan Tamulevich
CT-N  3.30.15

Custom House exhibit ties together two generations of knotters  The Day 3.21.15

History Around the Corner: The Custom House in New London  New London Times 1.14.15

Historian at New London Maritime Society program says former slave produced landmark work
The Day 12.14.14

Lighthouse Kids are Bright Beacons
The Day 11.12.14

New London Harbor Light visitors enjoy view from the top
The Day 10.13.14

New London’s renaissance
Boston Globe 10.9.14

Editorial: Maritime Society apt owner of New London lighthouses The Day  9.18.14

New London Maritime Society granted ownership of Ledge Light   The Day  9.17.14 

Connecticut lighthouses offer tours, activities
Providence Journal  9.14.14

To The Lighthouse: Tours, Museums And Festivals
Gothamist   9.3.14

Amistad's story endures after 175 years 
The Day 8.26.14 

Taking In the History of New London, a City Shaped by the Sea   The New York Times  8.15.2014

Video: Restoring the Lighthouse The Day  7.23.14

See all News Here

Every Thursday, from 5 to 6 o'clock PM we're on TV. Watch New London Maritime Society Custom House Maritime Matterson New London Metrocast cable TV, channel 25, with host Dr. George Sprecace. ​


In 2013, the US Postal Service made a video about New London Harbor Light.  See it HERE.

See our Video about Race Rock Light Station 
(thank you Todd Gipstein)​.

Watch what we do

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 CTVeolia / New London Water Authority,  &  and by the work of dedicated volunteers, members & friends. 
     New London Maritime Society - open year-round   
     your local, independent, community museum,       
     telling the stories of New London's waterfront.

      OPEN  April through December: Tuesday through Sunday,
       1 to 5 PM, /  (closed Monday,) Admission $5.
       150  Bank Street, New London, CT 06320  -  860-447-2501 

      Our 2015 SUMMER LIGHTHOUSE SCHEDULE will be up soon.
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NLMS visits the Lightship Nantucket in Boston.

Be Part of Something BIG 
Watch HERE!  Read about it in The Day. Watch TV.

Our 2013-14 campaign Be Part of Something BIG, raised nearly $200,000 in donations and lighthouse program revenues, and an estimated $400,000+ in in-kind donations. 

We have some specific suggestions for lighthouse donations


one fund for each lighthouse: three individual $100,000 funds.



Please Donate today!

Visit the MUSEUM SHOP  for terrific gifts for all ages.
We have sailing ship kites, deep-sea dive children’s lunch sets, nautical clocks, elegant scarves, submarine toys, rubber stamps, rubber duckies, cookie cutters, books for the very young and the very sophisticated.
The MUSEUM SHOP is open from 1 to 5 PM Tuesday through Sunday!  150 Bank Street, New London.  860-447-2501.

We participate in the BlueStar Museums
program, providing free admission to active-duty members of the armed services and their families all year
Congratulations to New London Maritime Society
and executive director Susan Tamulevich, who
received New London Elks' Citizen of the Year 
award on March 22, 2015. 
April 21, 2014: We won Yankee Magazine's 'Best of New England Travel 2014' Editors' Choice for Best Lighthouse Tours
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Seafood WATCH - What seafood to buy now.

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For all events going on Downtown, visit the 
District Community Calendar.    

from the office of Congressman Joe Courtney: Honoring Connecticut’s,Role in Abolishing Slavery 150 Years Later, Resource Guide to accompany the 2012 movie Lincoln,  

Remember: The Custom House is available for private rentals.  NB: Per the fire marshal, our maximum occupancy is 49 people indoors  and 100 people outdoors.
​Bob Walser - Songs of Sea and Shore  
Concert of Seagoing Musical Traditions
at the Custom House May 13, 2015, 7 PM

One of the world's leading experts on seagoing
musical traditions, Bob Walser, presents a concert of shanties and sailors' songs, pub songs, ballads, and songs with great choruses that invite everyone to participate: Songs of Sea and Shore, on Wednesday, May 13 at 7 PM, at the Custom House Maritime Museum. Tickets are $25, $20 for New London Maritime Society members. In addition to the concert, wine, coffee and dessert will be served. Go to and enter 'Bob Walser' to reserve your seats, or call 1-800-838-3006.  

Find out more about the new Harbor Light Segway tours here:   
Our full Lighthouse Summer Calender will be posted May 1!        
Thank you to the Beaudoins, of Mystic Knotwork, for loaning us the terrific masterpieces of rope work we have had on display this winter.  
Above: limited-edition, hot-pink ship kite, $40, complete with tail.


Watch Promo HERE
Cross-Cultural Music Meditation Workshops

     To have a quiet mind is to possess one's mind wholly;
      to have a calm spirit is to possess one's self.
                                                  --Hamilton Wright Mabie
Musician Jin Hi Kim's Cross-Cultural Music Meditation
is a bi-cultural exposure to the basic aesthetics and concepts of Asian philosophy, music, and instruments. Through five sessions, participants gain first-hand experience of the role music plays in meditation and the benefits it offers to develop a calm, focused group experience. Individuals and groups (up to 10) may sign up for the workshops. Call Susan at 860-447-2501 to find out more.

Music meditation, directed by Jin Hi Kim, includes a group chant (sonic text) and a creative music ensemble through listening and playing various Asian percussion instruments. These workshops received support from the Department of Economic and Community Development, Connecticut Office of the Arts, which also receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Each workshop session involves 10 participants and takes place over five consecutive days.  
The fee is $50, total, for all five, 45-minute sessions.  
Fee: $50 for all five sessions.  
Sign up HERE.