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.
New London Maritime Society (NLMS) CUSTOM HOUSE MARITIME MUSEUM l 150 Bank Street l New London, Connecticut 06320 l 860-447-2501 l email
now on view
Bully for Woolies! Victorian Sailors' Stitchery +4: The Charles B. Moss Sr. & Paula Moss Collection + four pieces from a private collection through August 5,2018
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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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.
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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
We thank our Friends and Sponsors
John Steffian, Jr., the Maco Family Fund
The Chester Kitchings Family Foundation
& our Lighthouse Logo sponsors
At the Maritime Museum, you will discover the enormous effect that the maritime world has on our daily lives.
None of what we do at the Custom House would be possible without your support.
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Bully for Woolies!
Victorian Sailors' Stitchery +4
Victorian Woolworks exhibition has been augmented and extended through August 5.
This exhibition celebrates a recent acquisition of 22 Victorian sailor embroideries or 'woolies' -- a recent gift from Charles B. Moss, Jr., to the New London Maritime Society, and the loan for four spectacular woolwork pieces from a private collection.
Like the more-familiar sailors' crafts of scrimshaw, knotting, ship models, and shell valentines, these embroidered paintings are anonymous works of folk art. Many have tremendous charm and depict scenes of ships at sea, lighthouses, patriotic symbols, and the distant shore.
The work of the New London Maritime Society - Custom House Maritime Museum is made possible by generous grants from The Chester Kitchings Family Foundation, Community Development Bock Grants, 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.
Sentinels on the Sound
Lighthouse Boat Tours
Local Friendly Authentic
Visit inside Ledge Lighthouse
trips begin June 25
This summer we're trying something new!
Trips for up-to six passengers, only, leaving daily from downtown.
Explore Inside Ledge Lighthouse
Fun-sized Boat Trip & Tour inside the Lighthouse, 6 passengers
We will miss our beautiful Pawlonia tomentosa tree.