New London Maritime Society (NLMS) CUSTOM HOUSE MARITIME MUSEUM  l  150 Bank Street  l  New London, Connecticut  06320  l  860-447-2501  l   email
to come:  

AMISTAD: A True Story of Freedom  
a permanent exhibition at the site of the original Amistad events of 1839.

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. 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
Neighbor settles long running suit over New London lighthouse  The Day 2.2.18

Stephen Jones leads Sunday Maritime cruise to Block Island  The Day 11.3.17

For the first time the public can tour Race Rock Light  NEWS 8 video 8.25.17

Race Rock Lighthouse up-close  The Day 8.24.17

Tours open at Race Rock Lighthouse  The Day video 8.24.17

NL maritime society still seeking access to lighthouse   The Day May 25, 2017

Lighthouses once guided ships, now bring in the tourists, 
Fox-TV 4.24.17

Artist named NL Maritime Society’s ‘New Volunteer of the Year’ The Day 12.13.16

New leader could open path to ending Harbor Light dispute 
The Day 12.11.16

Former Coast Guard commander leads New London Maritime Society The Day 12.6.16

If I had a hammer  The Day 12.5.16

Peter Yarrow bringing the power of music to Groton benefit  
The Day 12.1.16
The Custom House Maritime Museum - your local, independent, community museum - open year-round - telling the stories of New London's waterfront!

Watch the scaffolding go up!
Video: Restoring the Lighthouse The Day 7.23.14

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 

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 CTVeolia / New London Water Authority,  &  and by the work of dedicated volunteers, members & friends. 
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THANK YOU! None of what we do at the Custom House would be possible without your support. 

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Saving our local maritime heritage sites through education, advocacy, and restoration.
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.

Remember: The Custom House 
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Meetings, weddings, birthdays, retreats.
 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
Library Digital Exhibits go Live at Last! 
See them HERE
Mason Harald Hefel is back to workat Harbor Light. 

We  thank Superior Rental for sponsoring this effort! 

We thank our Friends and Sponsors

John Steffian, Jr.  

The Chester Kitchings Family Foundation
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.
We are not salespeople but librarians, historians, teachers, & maritime aficionados. We hate to ask but we really do need your support. 
Please help with a 2017 donation to our Annual Fund. Learn more HERE.

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.
View > HERE. 
Patrick Lynch 
talk & book signing 
Connecticut Coast & Long Island Sound: 20,000 Years of Change on Connecticut's Shores  
Sunday, March 11 at 2 PM
​Learn more & register HERE
Chandler Smith - Discovering Venture & the Voyage of the Sloop Venture 2018-2019 
Sunday, February 18 at 2 PM  
Historian Chandler Saint presents his latest research on Venture Smith and bring us up-to-date on his plans to visit New London this summer to launch the Voyage of the Sloop Venture 2018-2019, an effort to memorialize the 400th anniversary (in 2019) of the first African slave landing. Learn more HERE.

Attention High school juniors & seniors
NLMS 2018 Reid MacCluggage Maritime History Scholarship
entries are due February 28   Find our more  HERE


Come'on, let's take a SEAL WATCH! 
Saturday, February 24, 10 AM. 
The Black Hawk is donating an exciting trip to view the many seals who winter off New London. It's a 2 1/2 -3 hours round-trip and a fund raiser for NLMS.
The seals are actually Maine natives who make Long Island Sound their winter home. On this trip, we'll leave from Niantic and head out to Little Gull and Plum Islands.
Bring your camera and binoculars. We'll bring the hot chocolate and cookies! The cabin on the boat is heated, but we suggest you wear deck shoes or boots and very warm clothing for the trip.

Tickets are $35 for adults, $30 for NLMS members and children ages 18 and younger. Call 860-447-2501 with your questions or sign up online today at